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With her brother in a coma following a hit-and-run accident, a high school senior investigates the incident, stirring up animosity in the small, tight west Texas community where her family has recently moved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What happened in that hit-and-run, April 22, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from Shawnee, KS In the book, The Ghosts of Now by Joan Lowery Nixon, Angie, the main character, finds herself home alone on a Friday night when the phone rings. On the other end a stranger whispers, 'Your brother is dead.' She later finds her brother Jeremy is in a coma at the hospital and may never recover. She feels alone and has to suspect that even her new boyfriend, Del, is a suspect. She has courage and bravery in finding out who did this to her brother. Her parents don't support her very well in doing so. Her father is a work-a-holic and her mother is always drinking to forget her problems. She finds that not even her parents seem too concerned about the incident. I give this book a 3 on a rating of zero to five. It's not horrible and it's not fantastic. The problem with it is that the beginning is extremely boring. There isn't much action at all, and all through the book it's pretty slow moving. Even with the lack of actions it gets very good at some points. Fortunately, the book gets a better pace near the middle of the book. Another problem was that the author was not too descriptive. She didn't get her descriptions to make the book better. I don't enjoy mysteries all that much unless it's a fantastic book, which this is definitely not. This book was well written, if you don't include the failure of descriptive words and the lack of excitement at times. I feel that Nixon left the most important part of the story, the ending, in the dust. It was just way too sudden and not suspenseful. Also, the author gave away too much information about the characters too early in the story. This book does not have a stead pace and it is hard to understand unless you are really interested and can pay complete attention to it. Compared to other books it is fairly easy to read and comprehend at an 8th grade reading level.