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Describing his relationship with his best friend, a young man recounts the tragic car accident that ended Walt's life and the rejection he experienced at the hands of the people who held him responsible. Original.
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Gr. 712. High-school senior Dave Hickcock did the right thing by not letting his drunk friend Walt drive home. Yet when sober, responsible Dave hit a patch of ice and careened into a tree, Walt was killed instantly, and Dave suffers unbearable guilt as well as ostracism by his classmates. When he gets a little too used to sneaking alcohol to mask pain, more misery ensues--he's thrown off the swim team and has a bona fide drunk-driving accident with legal consequences. The road back to health comes slowly but surely in the guise of understanding adults and a caring family. This based-on-fact Real Life series title works well, largely because of Dave's strong character portrayal, his powerful inner monologues, and the realistic scenario of high-school life. Moments of manipulation creep in, such as the time Dave is on the brink of despair at a lonely beach and Walt's understanding uncle just happens to jog by, sense his pain, and relate a tragedy from his own past. Nevertheless, this is a worthy story of what can happen when anybody's normal, happy life explodes in tragedy and then is gradually restored. Anne O'MalleyFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 7 Up?Dave, a high-school senior, is always clowning around and telling jokes. Walt, his best friend, is a super achiever who has been going steady with Dave's sister for the past year. Celebrating an important swim-team win, the boys go to a party where almost everyone gets drunk, except for Dave, who insists on driving Walt home. Rain and ice make driving conditions dangerous; they hit a tree, and Walt is killed. Everyone is devastated, no one more so than Dave. To add to his misery, everyone shuns him, including his sister, blaming him for the accident. Unhappy and depressed, he starts to drink. Then there is another auto accident, and this time it is his fault. Finally, he is forced to get help. While the protagonist's grief and guilt are very real, the author's messages are rather blatant. Nevertheless, the book will appeal to reluctant readers and to fans of formula fiction.?Evelyn Carter Walker, Alexandrian Public Library, Mt. Vernon, IN
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