Essay, Research Paper
The book I read was called ?I Know What You Did Last
Summer?, by Lois Duncan. The main theme that I picked
up from this book was that it really doesn?t pay to lie. The
people in this book had to find out the hard way. This is
what happened, they were driving home from the beach at
night, up on windy road. They were a little drunk and a
little high too (another theme not to drink and drive, and not
to get high), but anyway as they were coming around the
corner they hit a little boy on his bike. The boy came out of
nowhere and he didn?t have any reflectors on his bike. Here
is where they made their biggest mistake, instead of going
to help him they drove to a pay phone, passing a restaurant
with a phone because they didn?t want to seem suspicious,
and called an ambulance. They didn?t give their names or
admit to hitting him. The guy who was driving, Barry,
talked them into a pact not to tell anyone. It turned out that
the boy died on the way to the hospital, which makes the
charges against them a lot greater. Especially for Barry
because he was driving. They didn?t tell the cops, their
parents, or their friends. It was almost sad how much they
struggled with this guilt. I know I can?t stand that guilty
feeling. I couldn?t live with my self if it was me in their
I learned that nothing good can come out of lying.
It is just not worth it. I have never lied about something
that serious, but after reading that book I know I never will.
If you read this book you will find out how this accident
continues to haunt them the following summer. They try to
forget it, but they just can?t. It was something that changed
their lives for ever. And believe me it was not a change for
the better. I realized that truthfulness is an extremely
important quality for someone to have. And I value honesty
in my peers even more after realizing how devastating it can
be to lie.
I think the book had a good lesson in it. I don?t
think everything she wrote was believable. Especially how
the brother of the little boy who was killed comes after them
the following summer. I liked how it was suspenseful and
thrilling. And it was very easy to follow and understand.
So, I would recommend reading this book.