As we read Jess's story, which swirls like a catastrophic, Category Five hurricane, we will not only think about her mistake, but we are likely to reflect on our own lapses in judgment.
The thing is, it's pretty easy to err when you are sixteen years old. Despite the fact that Jess is that absolutely model student, athlete, daughter, babysitter, friend, and girl most likely to succeed, she is also human. And to be human, is to fail at something, or to fail someone—sometimes spectacularly.
In life, there will be devastation. Blind Turn is about how you handle the devastation of humanity—your own and that of others. It is about how you find your way to forgiveness when it seems you have done the unforgivable... when you feel unworthy of ever being forgiven.
This isn't a simple accounting... this story of a teen driver involved in a fatal accident. The extreme fury of the allegations against her, Jess, would be enough to level any one of us. Who could survive such sustained force of judgment and hatred? Who could love themselves afterwards?
Lest you think this too dark of a read for these stormy times, let's take a moment to speak hope. I found, and I trust you will also find, the eye within the storm. Inside that calm, even if temporary, are the insights that make this a read for this turbulent time.
The real blind turns in life aren't just in the roadway. We will encounter some blind turns in our relationships. There are things we just won't see coming. As the lives of the main characters unfold before us, the thing that is striking is how they have each been shaped by that which was blinding at the time.
I found that I especially loved the high school guidance counselor and the truly beautiful Miss Helen, who was widowed as a result of Jess's actions. She lives and breathes the forgiveness, the love, the light of what it looks like to be the best possible version of ourselves. Helen is the one I want to be. I will carry forth her humanity.
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