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. Volume XV Number 3. . . .September 26, 2008
When he is 16, Michael Grove is convicted of killing his girlfriend. Despite a confession from the actual murderer, Michael is still regarded as a criminal by most of the people he knows. His six months in jail before the real killer confesses have branded him as an ex-con, a danger to society. The next door neighbour, kids at school, even people he has never met look at him with disrespect and even contempt.
Lesley Choyce describes Michael's relationship with his girlfriend Lisa and his reactions to events after her death with remarkable clarity and empathy. Readers truly get into the mind of a 16-year-old male who experiments with drugs and sex and ends up paying a high price. Ultimately this is a novel of success and survival, but Choyce takes his main character along various routes of self-discovery, and none of them is straightforward or easy. Even at the end of the book, Michael's future is not certain. Choyce hasn't provided any simple answers; there is no convenient genie in the bottle.
Ann Ketcheson, a retired teacher-librarian and teacher of high school English and French, lives in Ottawa, ON, where she has turned her love of travel into a new career as a travel consultant.
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