Monday, May 17, 2010
Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman
This book, which is 2/9 for my Colorful Reading Challenge, was really good because it made me question my beliefs about the justice system in The United States.
Ethan is a small town hero, husband, dad, and baseball coach. He's a volunteer for Monroe's fire department and is always the first on the scene. He's even saved people's lives. Everyone looks up to him.
Jorie is just Ethan's wife of 10 years and a mom, and Monroe is just a small town until the day they all discover after Ethan's seemingly random arrest that in the past he murdered a 15 year old girl.
Questions ran through my mind throughout the book: can a person really reform themselves? Is that enough if they haven't served time in prison? Is someone absolved of a crime just for going to prison? What would I do if that was Corey? What should Jorie do?
This book is a shining example of why Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors.