Unfortunately, the cliche totally clouded the message. This was a fascinating read and I shall be looking out for more books by Anita Shreve Not that I ever had these issues with a Excellent audiobook - narrated by several outstanding readers. This tape ends up falling into the headmaster's hands and he I've read a few of Anita Shreve's novels and liked them.
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The house was empty and quiet. May 25, Miriam rated it it was amazing.
Aug 03, Richard rated it really liked it. Some are cavalier, some blame themselves, some want to blame others, and some just want to use scandal to further their own goals. Because what this book essentially says is that people, in the right circumstances, or the wrong ones, will make terrible decisions for a variety of reasons, anits and unknown, and depending on who they are with.
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And Sienna, an enigmatic and troubled young woman, tries to put her past behind her. I thought she handled it very deftly, and the style works for this story.
Anne Brooke lives in Surrey, UK, and writes in a variety of genres, including gay erotic romance, fantasy, comedy, thrillers, biblical fiction and the occasional chicklit novel.
The novel is clever. The change POV from chapter to chapter, the focus on a hot topic or scandalous issue—all contributing factors that really felt more like Picoult than Testimny. I found it dehumanizing that the officials keep referring to her as "the girl.
For a list of her literary peccadilloes, please click here. Over the next several chapters, the voices include the boys, the parents, the girl, the girl friend of one of the boys, the law enforcement officials, and even journalists and researchers — all eager to peek behind the scenes and uncover the antecedents to the behavior of these adolescents on one tesimony night in January.
There was also, if this tape had been copied in any way, footage. It is really a remarkable book because at the end nobody could be found not-guilty. Testimony was no exception. Well, how about we acknowledge that teenage sex happens, that girls should be able to be sexual beings just like the boys, and maybe that whole shame thing can be taken out of the equation. Is it something inherently wrong with the boys?
Testimony by Anita Shreve: sex and fragility in the neighbourhood school
She was, merely, a shallow, distressing cliche. Hardcoverpages. This author always manages to draw me in with her writing, however, and this book was no exception. The chapters are told from the various points of view of the people involved, from the basketball players, parents, alleged victim, friends, and school administrators. My stomach shreev in knots most of the way through, yet I am glad I read it and I hope you will read it, too. View all 11 comments. To ensure sjreve don't think of the year-old girl as a victim which would be a problem for the sympathetic portrayal of two of the older boysShreve paints her as the provocateur.
Testimony is given throughout the novel from a number of characters--minor and major characters--illustrating the depth to which decisions of one or several people can impact others textimony are seemingly unconnected to the decision-makers.
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Sam - Sam's blog: The men and women, teenagers and adults, involved in the scandal speak out to relate the events of that night and their aftermath. Jun 09, Denise rated it really liked it. What is fascinating is how a bit of bad behaviour spirals into catastrophe for a lot of people. Shreve takes the reader inside the minds of everyone involved…. Falling in love can do that, you think. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, testjmony the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.
Now, I must affirm: More troubling, however, was the thought of police involvement. I found myself wanting to read the police reports, court reports and pyschological profiles of the incidents and people who inspired this fiction book.