Thursday, March 29, 2007

What Happeened by Peter Johnson

On a snowy night, when they were driving too fast, Kyle and his brother find themselves in a predicament that they never expected to be in. In addition to his already crazy and mixed up life, the narrator now must deal with the death of a stranger, a death he was a part of. The book portrays the unpredictable and meaningful experiences of a boy and his brother. Scarily simple and yet complex on many levels, this book was suspenseful without being a horror.

"There haven't been many happy endings in my life or Kyle's, or happy beginnings or middles either, just events needing to be pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle."

This poetic book is the twisted tangled story of mistakes made, and the weight of guilt on the shoulders of the ones who can do nothing. The tale was intriguing at times, but occasionally the change between the narrator's dreams and memories and real life confused me. The vocabulary was simple and easy, but the meanings of some messages were beyond me. The ending was plain but was a wonderful way to close such a mysterious book. Johnson has a way with words that could be compared with Robert Frost, with an exciting, modern twist.

The book had nothing too scandlous in it and was not gory.

Reviewer Age:14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Marblehead, MA USA