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 high school outing in his father?s Oldsmobile resulted in the tragic death of a young girl, and the beginning of a different, darker life for the author. In the days, weeks, months, years since this accident, Strauss has struggled to come ... more »to terms with what "accident" even means; was it physically possible to avoid his classmate Celine's swerving bike? Was she suicidal? The police had assured him there was nothing he could have done to avoid hitting her, and charges were dropped ? but then why were Celine's parents suing him? Now 36 years old and a father, Darin Strauss has lived half his life with the pain and grief of having killed someone. After speaking publicly about the event for the first time on This American Life ? which garnered a powerful and overwhelming response ? Strauss delves even deeper into the meaning and consequences of that fateful, or possibly fateless day.« 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.