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Waiting To Be Heard

Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit.

In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment.

After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

Filled with details first recorded in the journals Knox kept while in Italy, Waiting to Be Heard is a remarkable story of innocence, resilience, and courage, and of one young woman’s hard-fought battle to overcome injustice and win the freedom she deserved.

With intelligence, grace, and candor, Amanda Knox tells the full story of her harrowing ordeal in Italy—a labyrinthine nightmare of crime and punishment, innocence and vindication—and of the unwavering support of family and friends who tirelessly worked to help her win her freedom.

Waiting to Be Heard includes 24 pages of color photographs.

We were at  a track meet when my Mom passed me two books. “One’s for you and one’s for Colter.” I handed Colter the book that didn’t have a girl on the cover and looked at the back of the one I thought was mine.

I’d never heard of Amanda Knox, or Meredith Kercher. I flipped through the book and decided that it looked interesting, but I didn’t read it then or in the car. I wanted to finish the book I was currently reading, and that didn’t happen for another couple of days.

When I finally opened Waiting To Be Heard, it didn’t really draw me in. The first couple of chapters were all back story, which isn’t that thrilling. It’s necessary, which is why I kept reading. But if I hadn’t known that Mom was going to be asking me about it, I wouldn’t have.

Thankfully, I stuck it out and read past the boring parts. Because once I got into it, I was enthralled by this story of a girl’s fight to prove her innocence and get out of prison.

Because I’d never heard of the case until I read the book, I don’t know everything that happened. But reading her account of it, I think she’s innocent. I feel so bad that she’s having to deal with a new trial, and when I look at my shelf and see this book I’ll probably Google her to see what’s happening.

My Favorite Scene

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The Verdict: 4 of 5 Stars

This was a very gripping story that gave me, a person who’d never heard of the case, a good idea what happened. It’s all from her perspective – I’d like to see a book that had parts from the judges too – but it was a good look into what happened.


Wednesdays In The Tower by Jessica Day George

Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George

A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it… Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel. When her brother Rolf dares her to catch magical Castle Glower creating a new room, Princess Celie takes the challenge! No one knows the Castle better than she does. But as usual, the Castle has ideas of its own. Celie finds the new room first, and inside it is hidden a giant egg. It looks like The Castle wants Celie to care for the egg and whatever creature it hatches! Celie hadn’t bargained for a pet, and caring for this one will prove to be especially tricky, once Celie and her siblings realize what else the Castle is hiding….

I was super excited to win this book in a giveaway! I really enjoyed the first book, Tuesdays in the Castle, and hoped that this book would be a good as the first. And it was!

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It wasn’t a super gripping book – I had to put it down several times while I was reading it and I wasn’t rushing to get back to it. But it was still really enjoyable, and I’ll be looking forward to reading the next in the series, if there is one.

And let me just say, there better be!

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The Verdict: 4 of 5 Stars