Saturday, November 20, 2010

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Book Description:
A sex scandal at a New England boarding school unleashes a storm of shame and recrimination throughout the small community. A chorus of voices--those of the men, women, and teenagers involved--details the events of that night and their aftermath.Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve brings us a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellinglyexplores the impulses that drive ordinary people into intolerable dilemmas, or the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.
My Thoughts:
I honestly didn't care for this book that much. It starts with a very graphic first chapter....three boys and a girl. It tells of parties in an elitist school where the students are hand picked but that doesn't make it 'perfect'. The parties have drugs, sex, alcohol and scandal erupts.
This story is told from several view points and the author did that well....that is about the best thing I can say for it. I don't generally get uncomfortable at all with a sex scene or two but the first chapter in this book managed to make me completely uncomfortable. It does show that actions have consequences and far reaching ones at that but some of it seemed a bit much. I didn't connect much at all with the characters so that could be part of my issue, but I read this book in one setting and cannot say that I would recommend it to anyone I know.
I rate it a 2/5. If you can get past the first chapter it gets better, but it takes a bit.
Thank you to the publisher for providing the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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