Violetta is a teen incarcerated after a drunk driving incident that killed her younger sister. She becomes a participant in a program in which the victims (her family) determine “trials” that she must complete in order to earn their forgiveness and be released with no permanent criminal record. In the meantime, her older brother, Vincent, the “golden child”, is dealing with struggles of his own, both within the family and with his peers and numerous pressures.
This book addresses several issues that most adolescents struggle with and should be popular with teen readers. The idea of earning forgiveness is sure to prompt some interesting discussions. The author thoroughly addressed how the trials affected some of the juvenile offenders but I hoped for more information about what activities were actually required. I did like the focus on what the siblings were actually thinking and feeling but wish there was more balance between the emotional and physical aspects involved.