Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Waiting to be Heard: A Memoir

I hadn't really followed the Amanda Knox trial very closely.  It wasn't until she was released from an Italian prison that I actually started paying attention.   Once I did, I became mesmerized.  She was a beautiful American girl, caught up in a tale of sex and murder.  Was she a sociopath or were her words just getting lost in translation?  Being a sucker for this kind of tale, I waited patiently until her book was released so I could read her side of the story.

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Amanda's story starts back in the states.  She decides to spend a semester abroad to become fluent in Italian.  Once she gets to Europe she travels around and experiments with her sexuality a bit (this comes back to haunt her).  She finds an apartment with two Italian roommates, and eventually Meredith Kercher moves in.  She attends a university in Perugia and gets a job as a cocktail waitress.  She meets Rafaele Sollecito and they begin a relationship.  Then Meredith is brutally murdered.  What follows is Amanda's version of events through the investigation, two trials, her imprisonment, and eventually her life after being released.  

Overall, I give this story 4.5 out of 5 stars.  I couldn't stop listening to the book.  I found her version of events to be very believable.  I questioned how the investigation could have gotten so bungled.  I understood how her words and actions could have been misinterpreted.  I rooted for her vindication.  I couldn't stop googling pictures of her from events mentioned in the book.  I was captivated.

Next up, Still Missing.  


Erin Grinshteyn said...

I keep meaning to tell you that I finished this a while ago. I liked the book and I definitely wanted to keep reading but, just like her interview on TV, it made me like her even less. It isn't that I think she is guilty but I just really felt like she was a little unsympathetic because I disliked her so much while reading it!!! She was just so hard to relate to and defensive in a way that put me off even though I completely believe that she's innocent. Did you feel that at all?

Lorena said...

Honestly i had not heard of her story, but you make it sound very interesting.

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