Magazine article School Librarian

All We Could Have Been

Magazine article School Librarian

All We Could Have Been

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Carter, T. E.

All We Could Have Been

Simon & Schuster, 2019, pp304, [pounds sterling]7.99 978 1 4711 7999 0

Alexia (Lexi) Stewart has been running away for five years since she was twelve. She has used various names and has stayed with relatives and tried boarding school as well in order to keep her anonymity. In the first part of this story the reader is unaware of the incident that has caused this but you swiftly realise that it was traumatic and involved her older brother Scott. Lexi is terrified of anything that triggers memories of blood and has adopted several coping strategies to get through the day and the school year.

Halfway through the narrative Lexi's secret is revealed to be the brutal, unwarranted and apparently motiveless murder of their neighbour and her two young children. This crime was perpetrated by Scott and Lexi had nothing to do with it at all. However, she bears guilt by association as do her parents and the family are struggling to live with this fact. …

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