finished reading

A riveting true story of the nuances of what seems to be an easy, right and wrong case. What keeps this from being dry is the way the author examines the main and secondary people--from piecing together interviews, reports, and footage.

From the publisher:
One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

Wow. Just wow. This feels a little too (literally) close to home for me. Which probably meams I should read it.