I may be in the minority here, but I did not like the novel Damage Done that was written by Amanda Panitch. I guess, I should say that I didn’t enjoy it all that much, it had some good parts to it- the writing was amazing- though at times I had to go back and re-read things because I felt I had missed something. The plot had so many holes, it was lacking in many areas, and it just didn’t flow like I really thought it should have. I think that this book would have done much better as a Lifetime movie, than a YA novel.
This book has an amazing plot. Lucy Black and her family moved from her town and changed their names after her brother is involved in a school shooting that leaves 11 people dead. Her brother, Ryan, is now in a coma in a hospital after a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Although Lucy and her family have moved away, the past still haunts her. She tries every day to make new friends, do well in school, and get on with her life. She keeps thinking about that day in the band room, where she was the only one who came out with out a mark on her. Lucy often wonders what happened in that room, as she cannot remember. The best she can do is remember the good times she had with her brother, who was a little bit off at times (to say the least), and hope that he never gains consciousness to hurt her or anyone around her again.
Now that Lucy has a boyfriend, and life is going well. She keeps seeing someone stalking her from her past. It’s not her brother, it’s his psychologist. She doesn’t understand why he keeps following her, or how he found out where she lives. What she wants to do is get him alone to ask him to leave, so that she can move on with her life with nothing from the past seeping out. She doesn’t want her new boyfriend or new best friend to know that she was connected with those school shootings.
Once things start to unravel, Lucy has to decide if she’s going to tell her new friends who she really is. The past may not actually be in the past, and some secrets may be revealed that she cannot control.
Okay first of all, I want to say that there are two twists at the end of the book, but I saw them both coming from a mile away. The first one is pretty obvious from the beginning, and the second is just disturbing- part of the reason why the book fell flat for me. As soon as I found out the second twist I instantly did not like this book. The second comment that I must add, is that the characters have no constant personality, there are things in this book that just do not make sense. For instance, Lucy suddenly knows how to use a gun, and be a pretty bad ass chick OUT OF NO WHERE. Yea, not buying it. Third, there are things, and people, that just randomly pop up that are not believable at all. This book really got a lot more hype than it should have. I give this one 2 out of 5, because it just doesn’t flow, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, and the twists are generic and you can see them coming from the moon.