"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Harriet Tubman
The story thats asks one of the most
controversial questions of our time. What
do we do with a child that commits murder?
Reviewed by Carol Y.
I read this authors first book Memories Vision, and recommended it. I wasnít sure how he was going to follow it.
The Ripple Effect starts with a shooting in a small town. I didnít get it. Then the mitigating circumstances were
introduced. Now I get it. The author wanted to see if I felt sorry for this kid, and I did.
As characters were introduced, as was more background of the shooter. This kid was no angel. Did my opinion
change? You bet it did. Then, the author weaved points of view from those immediately affected, and how they
wrestled with the act as well as the aftershocks. Here we have a tale of two dysfunctional families, how they relate
to the child, and how they react to the act.
I especially like the brazen talk show host Great Dane, whose controversial opinions and commentary, were moving, insightful, and at times
downright hilarious. Trying not to give too much away, the story twists again showing the shooter as rehabilitated, but has already been sentenced
I like this topic. I like this question. I like the way the author weaves in background a little at a time. It made me think. Am I afraid of this person? Should I be afraid of this person? Is this person really a threat?
I like how the author took me up close and personal. Thatís good storytelling. The Ripple Effectís character is rehabilitated but the law says what must happen. What was interesting about art imitating life was how everyone has an opinion. I just read where a 12 year old will be charged as an adult. Life imitating art. If convicted he will get life without parole. Thatís another 60 years? Even if this kid has counseling and is educated, he still will never be eligible for parole.
I like the question. I like the story. I like the book. Itís on my recommended list.