Seventeen-year-old Luke has been having more and more accidents lately: ramming his car into the side of a truck while making a left turn, cutting off his dog's tail when he was out chopping wood, almost getting hit by a barge in the middle of the night while in a boat that was out of gas. And then there are the impulsive things he's been doing, like mountain climbing with no safety gear. Luke can't understand why all this is happening, or how to stop it. Is the answer to be found in the here and now, or deep in the buried thoughts of another accident, one from long ago?
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Grade 9 UpALuke's English teacher assigns the class a daily journal-writing project. So begins the day-to-day adventures of an athletic and socially active 17 year old. Luke's sarcastic tone colors his entries with teen "attitude." Despite his best efforts, persistent flashbacks hint at his past. Crossed-out entries on random pages intensify readers' interest in what he isn't saying. There are indications that something is wrong with his eyesight. He shares that he has had a number of slight car accidents and has spent some time recovering from surgery, but stifles the details. His parents' apprehension, particularly over his driving, spark his temper. Thrilled and stimulated by physical achievement, he increasingly pushes himself into more reckless and adventurous activities. Finally, a climb up a steep mountain results in an injury to his other eye. This accident, which may leave Luke totally blind, becomes the catalyst for the young man to confront his past. During his studied and cautious disclosure of events, the truth painfully emerges. Readers will be drawn in by the journal technique and empathize with Luke's personal battles. Koller's portrayal of a foolhardy teen who feels invincible and is naive about irreversible consequence is incredibly well drawn. The strength of this novel is Luke's appearance as an ordinary 17 year old, doing the usual high-energy teen stuff. His past seeps out surreptitiously, adding powerful impact to an already interesting life.AAlison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
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Koller follows up A Place To Call Home (1995) with this raw, funny-if-it- weren't-so-painful journal of a disabled teenager given to self-destructive behavior. Lukebig, good-natured, sensitive, popular, captain of the wrestling teamis nonetheless tortured by something he won't put down in writing. His life has become a chain of disasters: He accidentally chops off his dog's tail; he secretly borrows the family car to crash a party, and his best friend Hutch chucks all over it; at 17 he already has a long record of collisions and speeding tickets, even though he considers himself a careful driver. Koller gives alert readers enough clues that it isn't a complete surprise when he finally works his way around to admitting that his left eye is artificial. That's plainly not the reason for his self-loathing, though. Caught in a severe downward internal spiral, convinced of his worthlessness, he breaks up with his girlfriend, punctures his good eye, begins to see a pediatric psychologist in the hospital while his eye heals, and finds himself rooming with a former schoolmate who attempted suicide rather than tell his parents that he's gay. Unsurprisingly, Luke's perspective improves. While he often sounds whiny, Luke is an appealing character, and readers will keep turning the pages, waiting for Koller to drop in the next piece of the puzzle that lies at the heart of Luke's anguish. A memorable case study in teenage guilt. (Fiction. 12-14) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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