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Sunday, April 8, 2012

You never know how someone will react to an event until it actually happens.
You can see how terrifying it would be to have your life rush so out of control. 

If you were Andy Barber, would you make the same decisions?  How would you differ the most?
If you were Jacob's mother - how would your reaction be in contrast to your spouse?
If Jacob was 25, 18, or 9 would your view of him be different?
Identifying criminal behavior was the focus of the 2002 movie The Minority Report where future criminals were disposed of before they committed crimes.  How does that thought sit with you after reading this book?

Keep in mind that we don't 'really' know  - do you think that Jacob is guilty? 
Knit together the evidence you saw in the book.  What leads you to innocent?  Guilty?

Environment vs. Nature is one of the themes in the book.  Which do you favor?  
Every kid has had bullying experience.  You cannot read a paper or watch the news without seeing something that is blamed on it.  That said - do you really think Jacob was bullied?  or was he the bully?  Does harassment sometimes run both ways?
Ethically speaking, what do you think of the ADA Neal Logiudice?  What about Andy getting 'fired' because of this event?

Sitting in that courtroom day after day would make anyone itchy!  How can any family endure the endless inquiry?  
Since Jacob's grandfather is an unknown entity to him - do you think it is possible that the 'underworld or criminal world' {don't know how to describe where he lives} can actually function like that?  
Someday soon you will be able to see this incredible book on a Warner Bros. movie.  They bought the rights to it this past March.  Could it possibly live up to your expectations?

1 comment:

  1. Yikes. yes that is one way to describe the book I would describe it as disturbing. anyone with a child or children would have a difficult time with this book I believe. This is not to say the book was not a good read I thought it was excellent. Particularly during the trial phase I felt like I was part of the family and had a difficult time imagining what I would do in the same situation. As a parent one wants to believe their child is not capable of criminal behavior. And when faced with such a situation my own feeling is that denial would be the most likely reaction. In that sense I would be more like Andy. I am out of room and time and so will continue later. Great read Barbara!