Lost in the Sun

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Lost in the Sun (paperback)

by Lisa Graff

AR Level 4.5, 11 points

 

Can you imagine if you were responsible for someone’s death, even if it was an accident?  In Lost in the Sun, Trent was playing hockey with his friends one day when he hit the puck and it struck a boy in the chest.  The boy died, and now Trent has the guilt and anger to deal with.  This is the story of how he carries that guilt and anger, and how he begins his downward spiral to self-destruction.  He begins to burn bridges with his brothers, his parents, his friends, and his teachers.  Fallon, a girl he connects with, is even on the receiving end of his anger.  He finds a way to deal with his anger and make amends with those whom he has hurt.

What I like about this book is it follows a boy the age of my own students.  It shows how their actions directly affect what happens to them, but at the same time, Trent doesn’t see how he is responsible for his actions.  He feels he is innocent, just like many of my students would also feel like they’re innocent.  I think it’s a good reminder that we are responsible for our own happiness and our own actions.  Our perspectives can change the whole situation, for better or worse.

What I don’t like about this book is that it was frustrating watching him self-destruct.  I was grateful when a teacher finally stepped in and gave him a bit of tough love.  That is something that is frustrating about being a teacher, seeing my students in bad situations and not being able to do anything or talk sense into them.  I also really didn’t like the dad in this story.  I really wanted to shake him, and understood why Trent didn’t want to go to his house.

 

Book 11 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)

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