I sat down and read this book a week ago, on a Thursday. I read the book in one sitting. The writing style is magnificent and resonates as sincere and honest. The memoir is articulated in a very deep, and moving way. "Half my life ago, I killed a girl." When Darin Strauss is 18, he is driving with friends in a car and a girl on a bike swerves across two lanes into his car and she dies. The book is about a half a life of thoughts, actions, and memories all connected to a single life altering instance in this young man's life. It is powerful and emotionally rich. It is one of the best bits of honest prose that I have read in a long time. You can open up the book on any given page and find a piece of incredible soulful writing.
I received this advanced readers edition of the book a year ago from Random House.