3 out of 4 stars
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The Impossible Mock Orange trial by Thad G. Long started with a terrible car crash in Phoenix County. On that fateful day, the left rear tire of Sam Johnson's van suddenly blew out. The car immediately went out of control and slammed into a large mock orange tree. Two adults and one girl sustained mild injuries, while a boy was in critical condition. However, the last passenger was not as lucky as her fellows. Four-year-old Sarena had lost her life forever and no longer had a chance to wear her new Easter dress. Shortly after the incident, the victims sued Tergano Motor Corporation and Universal Tire Company, the makers of the vehicle and the tires. Was this a conspiracy? How did Ted Born and his team prove that their client was not responsible for this? With the victims being African Americans, would this case lead to racial conflicts?
One of the best parts of this novel is the author's fascinating and realistic writing style. Despite being a C/T/M/H fiction, there are no detectives and criminals here. This book shows us the entire process of a lawsuit. I get to learn a lot of useful things, such as the procedures, the mock trial, the ways to gain evidence, and the jury system. And while the plot focuses on the prosecution, it doesn't mean this novel is boring. On the contrary, it constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat. The book is filled with twists and turns, showing us the characters' journeys through prejudices and oppositions. I am very content with the result of the case, seeing that there are still those who are willing to side with justice.
Another significant thing is that the issue of racism is depicted very appropriately. While Ted is a white man, Dave is a young black lawyer. One could expect that they may not get along well. At first, they were very wary of each other and had to be careful with everything they did or said. But then Dave realized that he's human. Even more than being an African American, he's a man and a lawyer. Prejudice was nothing but a burden, and it would hinder them from proving the truth. I was overjoyed when the two men cast away their preconceptions and joined hands to defend the innocents.
Nonetheless, this copy really needs another round of proofreading, as there are too many grammar errors. Also, you will need a good understanding of lawsuits and car tires to comprehend this case entirely.
Sadly, I can only give this copy 3 out of 4 stars. Even though this is a well-written book with an interesting plot, the editing is too sloppy. I would recommend this to both teenagers and adults who like C/T/M/H novels. And I think law students and lawyers will find this useful. Besides the knowledge, this also offers nice lessons about mindsets and moralities. Our skin colors may be different, but we can be together by overcoming our prejudgments.
The Impossible Mock Orange trial
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