Half a Life Author:Darin Strauss "Half my life ago, I killed a girl". So begins Darin Strauss' Half a Life, the true story of how one outing in his father's car resulted in the death of a classmate and the beginning of a different, darker life for the author. The reader follows Strauss as he blurs through his startling past - collision, funeral, the queasy drama of a high-stak... more »es court case. What starts as a personal tale of a tragic event opens into the story of how one lives with a very hard fact: that we can try our human best in the crucial moment, but it might never be good enough. Half a Life is a nakedly honest and painful, yet ultimately hopeful, examination of guilt, responsibility and living with past actions written in Strauss' beautiful yet stark and sharp prose.« less
I admit that I read this book out of morbid curiosity. I've known a few kids growing up that were killed accidentally (or not so accidentally). I've often wondered what the person who killed them went through in the years after the accident. So it was with this morbid curiosity that I bought this book. It was a good book - don't get me wrong - but Darin Strauss spends so much time philosophizing and comparing his feelings to other things in life - that it was hard to really enjoy the book. Now before you say "how can you enjoy a book about a girl who died?", let ME say that I think that this book really could have been enjoyable. He spent too much of the book philosophizing, pondering and comparing his feelings. This came off as "filler" to me. This book is a short read, and it would have been even shorter had he not had so much "filler". I read the book in about two and a half hours. I could be more of an "action" reader as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who has the same morbid curiosity as I did, and who wants a fairly quick read...but expect to be reading a LOT of description of feelings as well as a lot of comparisons.