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Live to Tell

by Lisa Harrington (Dancing Cat)

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Libby Thorne, your average teen, awakes in the hospital with no memory of how she got there. She soon discovers her role in an accident that has left a victim critically injured. Her turmoil connected to being criminally charged blends with her confusion related to boys, drinking and out-of-character decisions leading up to the accident. The reader follows Libby as the threads of memory weave themselves together. Lisa Harrington, a Halifax author, exposes the realities of youth within the justice system as the story unfolds on a recognizably Haligonian backdrop. The accuracy with which the author portrays the protagonist’s emotional state and depicts the reactions of her family allows the reader to get lost in this unsettling story. The final truth is devastating and unexpected. This short teen mystery, with its image-packed writing and modern perspective, verifies that one careless decision can reroute a person’s entire life.

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