"I've thought of ways o make my life worth it, and I want you to remember exactly what makes your life worth it. Don't be lost-don't loose yourself. Read, walk, write, dance, breathe, because so will I."
In the fall of 2007, twenty-year old college coed Amanda Knox left Seattle to study abroad in Perugia, Italy for one year. But that November 1, her life was shattered when her roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, was murdered in their apartment. Five days later, Amanda was taken into custody and charged by the Italian police; her arrest and the subsequent investigation ignited an international media firestorm. Overnight, this ordinary young American student became the subject of intense scrutiny, forced to endure a barrage of innuendo and speculation. Two years later, after an extremely controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011 an appeals court overturned her conviction and vacated the charges. Free at last, she immediately returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.
First off, I thought this book would be an interesting read because just recently the Italian courts decided to reopen the case. I always love throwing in a nonfiction book between reading fiction. I never really followed the story much, just heard it on the news here and there as it happened. I appreciate how blunt and honest Amanda is in her writing. For anyone who is interested in this case, or just about international court systems in general, this book would be a great read for you. It is fast paced, interesting, and gives you a unique look into a complicated case. I think at the time of the murder Amanda was young and naive and really had no idea the trouble she was really in. It is unfortunate that she didn't immediately request a lawyer when the authority began questioning her, that potentially would have saved her life. It is apparent that there was a direct correlation between the scrutiny she faced by the media and authority in Italy and the outcome of the original verdict. I will be interested to follow the case and see what happens as they reopen it again for a third time.