By: Susan Vaught
Location: FIC VAU
Genre: Love and Coming of Age
This is a story about a guy who has to live with the mistakes he made when he was 14. It is about consequences- what we do can sometimes stick and stay. The question is- how do we handle the remnants of the decisions we make? How we deal with those determines who we really are- not what previous circumstances dictated we must always be.
"Del isn't your typical 17 year old. Hes actually quite different. he has a job digging graves, his best friends a parrot, he can't use a phone or computer unsupervised, and he cant work up the courage to speak to a girl.the weird thing is that Del's life was perfectly normal. One might even call it pretty good. He had good grades, a wide group of friends, a beautiful girlfriend, and he was a baseball star. Until one day his life was snatched right out from under him. Going Underground by Susan Vaught is the story of that sickening feeling you get when you've done something wrong- but you don't know what you've done. Because of Del's innocent mistake, he's a convicted felon in the eyes of not only the law, but now by his teachers, peers, and everyone around him. Del has fallen off the face of the earth and is clinging onto it by keeping his head down and abiding by rules he shouldn't have to follow. How do you keep on living when you have nothing left to live for other than dirt? Surrounded by people who judge you by your registration other than what you actually have to offer, Dels story is heart wrenchingly filled with compassion and fills the reader with a brand new fist clenching meaning to the phrase "life's not fair" that we've all heard so many times." Julia- Goodreads.com