May 7, 2009

Review: The Turnaround by George Pelecanos

The Turnaround is the story of six teens whose lives are altered by one statement. Three bored D.C. teenagers decide to drive into unknown territory. Drunk, high and stupid, the passenger, Pete, uses a racial slur directed at three other teens on the sidewalk. When they try unsuccessfully to leave the area, Pete jumps out of the car and takes off. The driver, Billy gets out of the car and tries to reason with the 3 teens. Alex was just in the wrong car at the wrong time. Billy is shot and Alex has to go through 2 facial reconstruction surgeries. The other teens are Raymond and James, who are brothers. Charles is among the worst of bad influences.

Years later, their paths cross again. Can they forgive and forget and get past the awful incident? Or will they let it haunt them until they die?

This was a very good book! I can't wait to read another George Pelecano book. His writing style was very easy to get into. The only problem I had was keeping all the names straight. There are a lot of people in this book. I would highly recommend this one.

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  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed this - I just received a copy from a giveaway.

  2. "The Turnaround" sounds wonderful. I enjoyed your review.

  3. This book sounds awesome. I'm going to pick this up from the bookstore tonight. Thanks!