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The accident / by Kate Hendrick.

By: Hendrick, Kate.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Melbourne : Text Publishing Company, 2013Description: 272 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781921922855 (pbk.).Subject(s): Grief -- Fiction | Young adult fictionDDC classification: 823.4 Summary: A rainy night. A car crash. An accident that will change, has changed, is changing, everything. After the accident Sarah has a new school to deal with not to mention a family being torn apart by grief. For Will, things haven't been okay at home for a long time. But when they start to change he's unsure. Is he ready? Eliat's raising a two-year-old. Trying to finish school. Partying as hard as she can. No surprise if she just wants to get away, just get into a car and drive. In this extraordinary debut, Kate Hendrick sets the butterfly effect in motion. The gripping stories of three teenagers going through crucial changes show how random actions acquire significance. How one pivotal moment could transform your life and you might never know.
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A rainy night. A car crash. An accident that will change, has changed, is changing, everything. After the accident Sarah has a new school to deal with not to mention a family being torn apart by grief. For Will, things haven't been okay at home for a long time. But when they start to change he's unsure. Is he ready? Eliat's raising a two-year-old. Trying to finish school. Partying as hard as she can. No surprise if she just wants to get away, just get into a car and drive. In this extraordinary debut, Kate Hendrick sets the butterfly effect in motion. The gripping stories of three teenagers going through crucial changes show how random actions acquire significance. How one pivotal moment could transform your life and you might never know.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Sarah, Will, and Eliat are all connected by a stormy night and a terrible car accident, one that left Sarah's leg permanently damaged and killed her brother. In alternating first-person chapters, readers meet these three protagonists at different moments in time: Sarah, an aspiring artist, long after the accident; Will, a neglected brother, soon afterward; and Eliat, a foster child and teenage mother, before the accident takes place and changes her life forever. All three teens are navigating complicated family situations and working through difficult emotions, trying to make sense of their place in the world and their relationships in it. Set in Sydney, Australia (where the author lives), Hendrick's debut expertly shifts between the multiple narratives and time frames, with Eliat's pre-accident plot line building tension as the story progresses, and readers left uncertain how she fits into this puzzle. Though the voices can sound somewhat similar-the characters tend to observe and dissect the world in the same careful way-it's a minor drawback in an engaging and powerful story from a writer to watch. Ages 14-up. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

Three teens reflect on the impact a single car collision has on their lives before and after the titular event in this introspective debut. Before witnessing the accident and assisting the victims, 17-year-old Eliat was so tired of trying to stay in school while raising a toddler and adhering to her foster parents' house rules that she nearly made the biggest mistake of her life. After breaking up with her boyfriend the night of the accident, Will's older sister, Lauren, comes home after a long time away, and her re-entry into the family brings some sad and disturbing memories to light. Months later, Sarah is attempting to start over at a new school and rekindle her passion for art and photography after the accident that damaged her leg and killed her brother. While the structure of the novel is intriguing, the connections among the three characters are not always obvious and require careful reading to ferret out. In addition, Sarah's and Will's quiet, interior voices are not readily distinguishable from each other. Eliat's character shows the most development of the three, and her arresting story serves as the impetus that pushes the otherwise subdued story forward. A thoughtful, philosophical novel for teens interested in or dealing with the aftereffects of trauma. (Fiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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