At the end of DFF: Dead Friends Forever, Kaylee is sent to a boarding school for wayward girls as a plea agreement between her parents and the court. In the second book, newly titled School’s Out 4Ever, she goes through some pretty terrible stuff at the hands of the staff who are not only there to watch over the girls, but enforce strict rules and guidelines. Throughout the story, I wonder (and so does Kaylee) if juvenile hall might not have been a better choice.
Years ago I watched a movie starring Juliette Lewis: Too Young to Die. It’s a fact-based tale of a fifteen year old girl sentence to die. Abused and hooked up with the wrong guy, Billy Canton (played by *Brad Pitt) she ends up murdering a business man who is threatening her. I remember shaking my head at the end of the movie and wondering how this could happen. How could anyone, at any time put a kid to death when the real culprit is the society which allowed these kids to be so adversely affected by life that they would find themselves in these tragic circumstances?
We like to think of ourselves as a country where freedom has the highest value. How is it possible then that one in every 31 adults is in the justice system? Or in Texas, that one in 22 adults are under some form of correctional control? These are questions I find hard to answer.
Julie Garwood, one of my favorite authors, wrote in her book, The Secret: "One whisper added to a thousand others becomes a roar of discontent.”
Maybe this post is my way of whispering my discontent? Wouldn't it be cool if there were enough whispers to make that discontent important? In the mean time, I look forward to seeing how Kaylee survives the dilemma she’s facing now. If you’d like a sneak peek of the new book, the first (intense) chapter is on my blog here: http://www.myspace.com/booksbyjrturner
*Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis co-starred in another film together. Send me the title at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a free book thong!
J.R. Turner is the author of the Extreme Hauntings series. The first book, DFF: Dead Friends Forever is available at Amazon.com, Kindle, Fictionwise, and Echelon Press.com