Title: A Certain October
Author: Angela Johnson
Dates: 6/29/16 – 7/6/16
Scotty thinks of herself like tofu – it’s the people around her that give her life flavor. She’s happy enough to let her friends take center stage, and anyway, she has her hands full keeping tabs on her little brother, Keone.
Then her world comes crashing down – literally. When a terrible train accident leaves her brother in a coma and kills two of her classmates, Scotty blames herself. Her friends and family try to help her, but healing means more than just physical recovery. How can Scotty forgive herself if she can’t take back what happened?
Although the book has a sad enough theme, Johnson keeps the story upbeat through the eyes of Scotty as she deals with the tragedy, her step-mother and boy and girl-friends. She tries to focus on the book she’s reading – Anna Karenina because there is a book report she needs to write. She wants to go to the homecoming dance and moves through her own injuries to participate. Scotty also had been wanting to get to know Chris better when the accident took his life yet gets to know another boy in her life – Falcon. They move their relationship to a deeper level. All in all, I did like this book and the rewarding outcome on a number of levels.