Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Book Review: Testimony by Anita Shreve

I've read at least one other Anita Shreve book before and I wasn't crazy about her style of writing. She jumps around a lot and doesn't use a lot of actual dialogue and I know that turns some people off.

Testimony tells the point of view of all the people involved in a sex scandal at a private boarding school in Vermont. Three male students age eighteen or nineteen are involved as well as a fourteen year old girl and an unknown camera operator. That's the gist of the whole thing, what if the exploits had not been taped. We hear the story from all of those involved as well as the headmaster of the school and the parents of the students. The story is a good one that is interesting to pretty much all people as we can imagine being in the shoes of those who experienced it. The writing is convincing for each character. I truly felt the emotions of the teenagers, the pain of the parents, the fear that the headmaster felt.

If you want a feel-good story, don't read this one, but if you want a good true to life drama, then I definitely recommend Testimony.

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