Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Review: Finding Erin Campbell

Title Finding Erin Campbell

Author Kathy Cunningham

Release Date May 25, 2015

Erin Campbell is lucky – she’s popular, she’s been accepted at Berkeley, she’s got the perfect boyfriend, a great car, parents with plenty of money, and a future that’s going to be even better than her dreams. Lucky, right?

But then one Tuesday afternoon, Erin’s luck runs out. She’s in her car, driving on a deserted country road, and she reads a text from her boyfriend. It’s only a few words, no big deal. What could happen in ten seconds, anyway? But she doesn’t see the boy on the blue bicycle. Not until it’s too late. Not until he’s lying in the road, broken and bleeding, and she’s standing there staring down at him, her cell phone in her hand.

Things get worse when another girl – Macy Wilkes, an outsider at Erin’s school – is charged with the hit-and-run. Macy is black, she doesn’t live in Erin’s upscale neighborhood, and it would be so easy for Erin to just let Macy take the rap. Or would it?

This is a novel about what it means to do the right thing in a world that isn’t always fair. Confessing could cost Erin everything – college, her boyfriend, her parents’ respect . . . even her freedom. But not confessing could cost her even more.

Sometimes the world can fall apart in the time it takes to read a text message. Erin Campbell lost herself on a Tuesday afternoon; finding herself again will mean looking at who she really is. Warts and all. And there’s nothing harder than that.

Finding Erin Campbell was such a great read.

The story felt very true to life. The elements of racism and classism easily ring true to today's society. We see how Erin struggles to come forth with the real story about what happened on Canal Rd. We see how her decisions, both to keep quiet and to ultimately tell the truth, affect those around her. The characters feel like they could have been picked out of any high school in middle America. Their realness adds to the believability of the book. This entire book reads like real life and that's definitely one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much.

I can easily recommend Finding Erin Campbell to anyone that enjoys YA that mirrors real life.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

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