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The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty

The Rest of Her Life

by Laura Moriarty

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This was a gripping and thought-provoking book about how one careless mistake changed the lives of a family forever. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
The plot in Laura Moriarty books has much to be desired. Very little actually happens. I consider her books to be more of a character study. The main character's thoughts are so intriguing to me that I'm caught up in what she's going to think next. Even though I can never identify with any of her characters, I feel like I know them. As with her other books, I could not put this one down. It is interesting how people either love or hate this author. ( )
  valorrmac | Aug 19, 2015 |
Despite the cover, which on my copy carried a glowing endorsement from Jodi Picoult and a romantic image of a wistful teenager, this is actually a very good book, in my opinion. I'm sure the reason it doesn't get a higher rating from most LibraryThing readers is that they'd rather read Jodi Picoult's rather more commercial work with a happier ending. But Laura Moriarty has actually given us what appears to be a somewhat more realistic view of the consequences of a tragic accident. People don't live happily ever after. Some people do live on but with permanent damage. No one feels that justice has been done and people who are involved do not become reconciled by some miracle of god or human kindness. Families that seemed to be functioning OK before the trauma now have their hidden problems brought out into the open. Friendships are stretched, almost to the limit. ( )
1 vote oldblack | Feb 9, 2015 |
Leigh Churchill is the mother of two lovely children - eighteen-year-old Kara - a high-achieving, popular high school senior, destined to go on to college; and Justin - a shy, awkward fourteen-year-old. While she has a wonderful relationship with Justin, for some reason that she can't identify, Leigh's relationship with Kara is strained and difficult. For the life of her, she can't understand what she may have done - or didn't do - that caused such coolness between herself and her daughter.

Then, in a single moment of careless distraction, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy - something that no matter how much she may want to, she can't change or take back. Kara's actions not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective: as she watches her daughter struggling with the feelings of guilt and grief caused by what she has done; as Leigh herself grapples with the harsh reality of what happened and the devastating consequences which Kara's actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town; all while trying to shield and protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry.

The Rest of Her Life: A Novel by Laura Moriarty delivers a luminous, compassionate, and provocative look at how even mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the harm they do to one another. Ms. Moriarty's novel is one of complex moral dilemma, filled with nuanced characters and a page-turning plot that makes readers ask themselves, "What would I do if I were in a similar situation?"

For myself, I absolutely loved this book. The story was filled with complex characters and intricate family dynamics, just the sort of story that I enjoy reading. I found Ms. Moriarty's writing and plot development to be spot on; very believable and with a strong basis in reality. I give The Rest of Her Life: A Novel by Laura Moriarty an A+! I will certainly be on the look out for more of Laura Moriarty's books to read in the future. ( )
  moonshineandrosefire | Dec 22, 2014 |
The rest of her life is the story of a girl who accidentally kills another girl in her town due to reckless driving. The story is told from her mothers point of view. Their relationship is failing and her mother is trying desperately to fix it. It tells of her mothers past and how she was trying to improve their life.
This was hard for me to read however because a person close to me had this happen to a person in their family. This book was very good but it got to hard for me to read. I would like to read it again when I'm older though. The accident happened pretty recently so it's still hard for the family. It was very well written and it explained the court that they were having to go through. I really liked how they explained it because that can be confusing. I really like how the author writes and her style of writing. I would definitely recommend this book to more kids so they know about what happens when they don't pay attention while driving. ( )
  br14raro | Dec 18, 2013 |
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"Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy - the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community. We see the story from Leigh's perspective, as she grapples with the hard reality of what her daughter has done and the devastating consequences her actions have on the family of another teenage girl in town; all while struggling to protect Kara in the face of rising public outcry."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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