Saturday, August 24, 2013
I Swear, by Lane Davis
When Leslie's parents file a wrongful-death suit and the subpoenae start to be served, the kids circle their wagons. Led by media-savvy queen bee Macie (herself the daughter of a local politician), they try to deflect responsibility. But their guilty recollections to each other (and eventually to the authorities) reveals a variety of motivations that could lead a group of teenagers to drive a classmate to her death.
The story is, of course, chilling to read for anyone who was even mildly teased in school. It is also naturally cathartic to watch a conspiracy fall apart (although the less-than-happy conclusion will disappoint readers clamoring for blood). Beyond those primal instinctual appeals, the story doesn't boast much depth in its plot or its characters. It's a good story and one that probably needs to be told a few more times, but much potential complexity was sacrificed for a slick story. At the end, as the guilt-ridden ones are baring their souls, I wouldn't have minded learning something that would have painted a more complex explanation of bad behavior. I think I was supposed to forgive some of these kids, but I honestly didn't find much to redeem them!