Title: Half a Life
Author: Darin Strauss
At the age of 17, Darin Strauss finds his world forever changed when he hits and kills a classmate while she is riding her bike. For the rest of his life, he agonizingly analyzes the circumstances of what happened, what he could have done differently and how his life would look if this never had happened.
I picked this book up based on the recommendation of Tyler Coates, someone I’ve followed online for a while now. He said it was a quick read that really got to him. And while quick read and emotional, I can’t quite put my finger on what was different about this book. Not different enough to make it outstanding and not different enough to make it not relateable. It was just… different.
The writing style is told entirely from the emotional side of Strauss. And while events happen in the book, it’s more told from how he reacted than watching the events unfold before our eyes. And because of that, the reader has a great opportunity to know what goes through the mind of someone who accidentally kills someone and spends the rest of their life dealing with that one action.