Synopsis from Goodreads:
A rainy night.
A car crash.
After the accident Sarah moves to a new school. A new place where no one knows what happened to her or her brother—where she doesn’t have to deal with the history that’s pulling the rest of her family apart.
Will is keeping his head down at home, just trying to get by. Then his sister Lauren comes back—as caustic as always but somehow changed. Will doesn’t know what upheaval brought her home. But it’s sparking some serious change in his life too.
Eliat’s got no mother of her own, and she’s way too young to be one. Looking after a two-year-old, trying to finish school—sometimes all that keeps her sane is partying as hard and fast as she can. Now the pressure’s building and Eliat just wants to get away.
Just get into a car and drive.
In this impressive and beautifully written debut, Kate Hendrick sets the butterfly effect in motion. The moving stories of three teenagers going through crucial changes—before, after and around the accident—show how random actions acquire significance. How one pivotal moment could transform your life and you might never know; how what you do matters.
The Accident is a wonderful debut from Kate Hendrick. It’s a quieter read than the concept would suggest. I was expecting a bit more oomph. But the story that is there is brilliantly woven and I didn’t guess the ending until it was upon me.
The story is told from three different POVs and each have their own timeline: Later, After, Before. Each character is well fleshed out and their stories painfully real. It took a few chapters for me to settle into the rhythm but I got there and I think it really worked. The writing style really grabbed my attention at the beginning but then it started to grate on me. I thought it could’ve worked better if one character narrated with the short sharp sentences but it all just blended together and the effectiveness wore off.
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately and this perhaps wasn’t the go to book for my cure. It took me a long time to finish (I even lost my copy for a couple of days) I think if I could have read a bit quicker I would’ve been more engaged. As it is though I don’t have any real strong feelings about The Accident but I will definitely read more from Hendrick.
Huge thanks to Text Publishing for my review copy
Note: It’s been so long since I’ve even reviewed anything so this was more of a thought vomit. (vomit, ew)