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The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
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Jul 14, 2009

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I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. It was not a plot driven page-turner or a thesis from the author on how well she could write literature, but more of thoughtful book about changing relationships and how the harder we may try to not be something or someone, the more we may end up the same.

Kara is a high school senior who accidentally kills a schoolmate while driving distractedly. Her mother, who has tried so hard to be a different and more involved parent than her own single mother was, has to learn very quickly how to be supportive and accepting of the kindness of other people. Kara's choices in the aftermath of the accident may not be what her parents' would choose, but they are carefully thought out and for her, necessary to heal.

It was a pleasure to read a book where the characters were not caricatures, the plot was not contrived, and the end wasn't forced.

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