Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer

It's about time I started catching up on book reviews!

This story begins with a glimpse of our main character's rocky relationship with her fiancee. They've been together for many years, but haven't set a date for a wedding, and don't foresee it happening any time soon. The main character, Carrie, is starting to feel as though they should go their separate ways.

One summer afternoon, they go with some friends to the lake and her boyfriend dives off the pier without realizing that the water is shallower than normal. When his neck is broken, the whole cast of characters' lives are changed forever.

It delves into though provoking issues like what Carrie's obligations are to her fiancee now that he is totally dependent on others. Society is pressuring her to be there for him, but they don't know how rocky their relationship was before the accident.

I thought it was a great book. I cheered for Carrie as she tried to find her way and I hurt for her fiancee as he learned to cope with being a quadriplegic and with the way life changed for him in an instant.

Fiction- 2003

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