Book Report: Half a Life: A Memoir by Darin Strauss

Half a Life: A MemoirHalf a Life: A Memoir by Darin Strauss

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Half my life ago, I killed a girl.

So begins Darin Strauss’ Half a Life, the true story of how one outing in his father’s Oldsmobile resulted in the death of a classmate and the beginning of a different, darker life for the author. We follow Strauss as he explores his startling past—collision, funeral, the queasy drama of a high-stakes court case—and what starts as a personal tale of a tragic event opens into the story of how to live with a very hard fact: we can try our human best in the crucial moment, and it might not be good enough. Half a Life is a nakedly honest, ultimately hopeful examination of guilt, responsibility, and living with the past. Continue reading