Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Turnaround

The Turnaround by George Pelecanos

What was this book about?

In 1972, three teens go from their area into an area where they know they are only causing trouble. The actions of themselves and the teens who live in the area leave one dead, one scarred for life, and several in jail.

Today they are all adults and living with the repercussions that their actions resulted in. One man reaches out to those that were hurt in order to get forgiveness and move on with his life. While another man reaches out to get what he feels is his due.

It has been may years and yet still their lives revolve around the actions of that day. Can each man move forward and make his life better even though this happened?

What did you think about the book?

This for me was a book about truth, relationships, and being the best person you can. Everyone lives a life where they make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes can take you to a good place, but many times those mistakes can change things for you and everyone around you in the blink of an eye.

You know that if you had thought about it or realized the implications you would have done things in a different way. And to be the type of person that realizes that of others and works towards forgiveness is key.

So this book took me on a journey that made me think about all of these things. About how many people who are out there who may be living a life of this sort. They screwed up and now they have to live with it. How do you live with it if you are the victim? What about if you are the one who caused the harm?

What genre would you consider this?
Crime Drama


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