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4.0 out of 5 stars Youth At Risk, August 31, 2009
This review is from: Testimony: A Novel (Paperback)
Testimony's primary setting is a prep school in New England. The focus is on the build up to and aftermath of an alcohol-fueled incident enacted by a group of teenagers ranging in age from 14 to 19. The kicker is that the incident is captured on film. Although a work of fiction, the events in Testimony are believable. There is a that-could-happen-any-time-and-anywhere-to-anyone quality. Shreve shows how the trajectories of many lives and relationships can be altered permanently as the result of a single unfortunate event in which none of the parties considered the consequences of their decisions and actions. The incident itself, however, is not the whole story. There are several carefully crafted back stories that Shreve presents in different and distinct voices that set a chain of events into motion for which there is no turning back. I highly recommend this engaging, multi-layered and moving novel.
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