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Mistaken Identity by Don Van Ryn
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Aug 04, 2009

did not like it
Read in August, 2009

This is a true story about a horific accident involving a semi-truck and a college van in which several people were killed. The story focuses on two of the girls--Whitney Cerak, the one who died and the other, Laura Van Ryn, who did not. When the accident first happened, Laura was severely injured and her head was completely bandaged up. Her blond hair was poking out through the bandages and her eyes were blue so how would anyone know that it was not really Laura? Once the the bandages came off and all the swelling around the head and face went down Laura was looking like herself and her parents, siblings, friends, etc. were all thrilled at the progress she was making. In the meantime, Whitney Cerak's family buried her and began the grieving process on losing their daughter, sister, etc. As Laura continued to recover there were so many people who saw her and no one recognized that it was not really her but her Aunt Ruthann noticed right away that it did not even look like Laura. As the story goes on, there are many things that did not add up to the fact that this girl in the hospital bed was Laura. During Laura's physical therapy sessions she claimed that she was Whitney Cerak and, lo and behold, it really was Whitney and not Laura. I can't believe that one would not know their own flesh and blood. These people were so busy with their bible thumping that they never even noticed this was not their daughter, sister, friend, etc. These people were so devoted to the bible and praying that they could not see the forest from the trees. In the meantime, this was someone's daughter. Where is the christianity there? I just don't buy into this case of mistaken identity and I could not stand this book.
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