Michael Grove was sixteen when he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend. He is tried as an adult and received a harsh penalty. Six months into his imprisonment, the true murderer confesses. Michael is released from jail, but soon realizes that his life will never be the same. The author gives a very realistic portrayal of the struggles, thoughts and emotions a teenager might face while integrating back into society after being convicted of murder, even though proven innocent. The book takes a very intimate and realistic look at the use of drugs and sexual relationships and how messed up life can get. It reflects how bad decisions can lead to a path of self-destruction. It reaffirms how families give strength to each other and how important those ties can be in a teenagers life. This poignant portrayal will keep a young adult reader turning the page.
Reading Level: Grades 11, 12 (Senior, Young Adult)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Theme: Courage, Morality, Values, Loss, Relationships
Classroom Support Centre: 25 Copies Available