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The Day I Killed James

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IT WASN’T SUPPOSED to end up like this. But it did.

When Theresa brings James to a party as her date, it’s just for the night . . . and he knows that. But when everything goes horribly wrong, James drives his motorcycle off a cliff—and Theresa knows she’s responsible for his death.
Theresa tries to run away from the pain, becoming a new young woman with a whole new life. She
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Hannah
I’m split on how to rate this book. I did not like the first part at all, but I loved the rest of the book.

The beginning was extremely confusing. There were normal chapters about the days before James died and there were journal entries, which said “Day I’m writing this” and “Day I’m writing about”, which were partly about the time before and partly about the time after James’ death. The order of these chapters and journal entries seemed random to me. The narrative of the journal entries seemed
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Stacy Fetters
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
"You can't just do bad shit and then say you're sorry. Two words can't erase what you did.
Found this at a thrift store and fell in love with the cover. With the title and the cover as a great combination, my mind was set on one thing.... James Dean. Made me think Rebel Without A Cause. I think going into a story with that in mind will ruin what you wanted from this book.
Skimming through other reviews, I have seemed to have the same dilemma as others. You loved one half, but disliked the other.
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Asselbayk
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Summary of the story

The book, The Day I Killed James, from the bestselling author of Pay it Forward, Catherine Ryan Hyde, is a romance fiction book, which is gaining popularity among young adult readers.
The novel is about 18- years- old girl Teresa, who lives with his father since her mother left them when she was 11. She had to be grown –up with father deprived herself of a mother’s love. Even though his father was always near by her side, he could not be the one who can replace mother’s heart
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Rachael
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Theresa tells James that their party date is a one-time thing. She’s only using him to make her maybe-ex-boyfriend jealous. It works, but Theresa breaks James’ heart in the process, and he drives his motorcycle of a cliff, dying of suicide. Theresa’s entire world collapses, and she blames herself for James’ death. She severs ties with her old life, and tries to reinvent herself, all in an attempt to atone for what she did to James. Slowly though, through meeting a girl very similar to herself, T ...more
мαяïα❤
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is about James and Thersa are neighbors, and is in love
with Thersa. He is a few years older than Thersa and he is little weird.
Thersa was not felling the same way for James as he did for her. That happeneds
sometimes. But when Theresa's boyfriend decides to go to a party with a girl
that's not Thersa(what a jerk. Theresa ends up inviding James on a date to the
same party that Thersa's boyfriend went to. Theresa was up in front of the house and told
James she beings to fall in love with hi
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Elle
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This raw witty novel starts off about Theresa's neighbor James who has a huge crush on her. Theresa is smitten with her jerk boyfriend Randy. This is the story of actions, consequences and coming to terms with what happens. It is a light easy read that had me laughing out loud at several points while deftly dealing with heavy topics of guilt, remorse and healing. This won't be the last book that I read by this author. For such a dark topic, this was a thoroughly enjoyable little read. Definite r ...more
Jennifer
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"We take the treatment of someone else's heart altogether too lightly. When someone gives you his heart, it's a huge responsibility. I hope you'll do better next time."

"And no one will ever find love that doesn't contain the slightest disappointment. It doesn't exist, as far as I know."

"You wake up and you think you know just how your life's gonna go. Nice and simple. Turns out the world got a different idea for you. Like I always say, man plans, God laughs."
Aaron
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is an amazing novel about forgiving yourself. If you have ever hurt someone please read this novel to help you to calm your mind and feel better.
Rebecca
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably 3.5 stars. The last third of the book was closer to 5 stars :)
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

Everyone carries around some sort of guilt or regret. Most don't carry the burden that Theresa does.

James is her next-door neighbor. He's attractive, but a bit too bizarre for Theresa. And he's in love with her. He left for two years for the military and wrote her every week. She thinks she sent him maybe two letters in return.

Theresa is in love with her boyfriend, Randy. They've been dating for nine months now. However, he's just told her that he wants t
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“Things are so easy to do, so hard to undo.” 16 likes
“Because if you take something you're a thief.' She nursed the silence a moment. Downed the balance of her drink and silently signaled for another. 'Sounds simple, but you'd be amazed how many people don't get it. They steal but they call themselves honest. They cheat on their spouses and lovers but they think they're good people. They lie but they'd never call themselves liars. Well, let me tell you something, Todd. . . ." She pointed toward him with her right hand, with her lit cigarette. He leaned away slightly. She looked into the mirror of his eyes and saw herself going too far. 'You are what you do. That's what I'm trying to tell you. What we do defines us. However we behave, conduct our lives . . . that's real. The rest is just a story for publication.” 12 likes
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