One rainy evening, Ryan is driving home, his attention diverted by his friend Vince’s fooling around next to him. Suddenly, a teenage girl stumbles out onto the street – and the car hits her badly. Driven by his feeling of guilt and the fervent wish to atone for his mistake, Ryan takes on an active role in Tara’s rehabilitation program. Yet, the path from waking up from a coma to (almost?) full recovery is anything but smooth for everyone involved. In this touching and at times even shocking novel, told alternatively from Ryan’s and Tara’s points of view, the award-winning author makes readers share the two protagonists’ thoughts as they both try to come to terms with the dreadful events. Even though it may be said that everything wraps up a bit too neatly in the end, David Hill perfectly manages to show how deeply one second of inattention can affect the lives of two ordinary teenagers, their friends, and their families. (14+) New Ze
Ryan just got his license. He’s in the car with his friends. Tara likes to go running. She’s on her way back home. Neither of them is paying much attention. The accident that follows impacts many lives. A moving and compelling story of recovery, told by one of New Zealand’s foremost children’s writers.
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Ryan is driving on a restricted licence when he knocks over Tara. Tara ends up in hospital suffering from a head injury, while Ryan must come to terms with his fears and concerns. Keen to make amends Ryan becomes involved with Tara's physiotherapy and gets to know her friends. Suggested level: secondary.… (more)