The Compulsive Reader: The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The only reason Theresa asks James out is because she wants to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. And even though she knows she probably shouldn't give James, who adores her, any ideas, they go to the party together anyway. But then the situation at the party gets out of hand and James commits suicide. Theresa is wracked with overwhelming guilt, and unable to handle it, tries to run away--from her life, and the pain.

This surreal novel is indelible. It will cling stubbornly to your memory, and will refuse to be shaken free. The plotline is wonderfully drawn out, and the characters fallible and familiar. Each one is unique, expressive, and entirely candid. Theresa's journal entries are interspersed throughout the course of the novel, giving it immense depth and significance. In this gripping, exquisite, and uplifting multi faceted read, Catherine Ryan Hyde is at her very best, forcing you to re-examine exactly how deep and powerful love is, along with the disappointments and wonders that come with it.
This book will be available from Random Teen May 13th, 2008.


harmonybookreviews said...

I just finished reading Becoming Chloe so I'm really excited to check out Catherine's other books and I especially can't wait to get my hands on this.

Thanks for the review.

The Story Siren said...

hyde is such a great writer, i can't wait to read this one!

Chelsie said...

... wow, that was an amazing review. I can't wait to read this!

Te amo,

Hillary said...

After I read the summary, I went over to Random Buzz and ordered it (since I had enough Buzz Bucks)...I can't wait until I get it! Looks awesome!

The Book Muncher said...

i'm supposed to be getting this soon. i can't wait to read it :D

keri mikulski :) said...

Wow.. Sounds like a good one.

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aja_aeloc said...

I also had the privilige of reading "The Day I Killed James."

I can affirm that this book is all that the review promises, and maybe more, depending on your own personal experiences and how much you are affected by a good book.
The narration is unique and poignant- at times almost painful in its brute honesty. The questions posed make you wonder for yourself: how much responsibility do we claim on others? To what extent can we really blame ourselves when, as far as we percieve the situation, we wield a heavy influence over someone, especially if they do something terrible?
Hyde presents a plausible answer in a lucid narrative that will have you pouring over the pages in the wee hours of the morning, racing yourself to finish.

The Compulsive Reader said...

Haha, S.F., now you put my reviews to shame.

aja_aeloc said...

you should just take the good part of mine and tack it on yours. I don't mind. haha... i was thinking... hmmm, someone is going to see this and start sending me free book to review too!

interested in a partnership...eh?