“Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude” Carolyn Roy-Bornstein, MD

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). To be published September 18, 2012. Skirt! (Globe Pequot Press). 213 pp. (includes Book Group Discussion Points.)

In 2003, when Roy-Bornstein’s son Neil was 17 years old, he and his girlfriend Trista were run over by a drunk driver and left for dead. Trista died from her injuries, while Neil sustained a severely broken leg and a fractured skull.

As a pediatrician, Roy-Bornstein had seen her share of trauma and grief, but dealing with a severely injured son and the repercussions of his slow recovery left an impact that has reverberated through the years. In “Crash,” she weaves memories from her son’s young lives, along with her own struggles to complete medical school as a young mother of two. As she recounts the tragedy faced by Neil, and his subsequent operations and difficulties, readers are enlightened about brain injury symptoms and how they affect lives.

“Crash” is an important read, not only to learn more about brain injuries, but to help readers (both teen and adult) understand the impact drunk driving can have on other people’s lives. The fate of the drunk driver, as well as Neil, Trista’s family, and the author’s family are all addressed while Roy-Bornstein relives Neil’s struggles and pains, as well as his triumphs and gains.

This is a good book for high school and adult book groups, and also includes a Book Group Discussion Points section at the end.

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