It's all I can think about recently -- yes, the book I'm currently reading, Waiting to be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox. Has anyone else read it? If so, what do you think -- guilty or innocent? More importantly, what do you think of Amanda's character?
Well, if you haven't, I'd highly suggest picking it up. I'm fascinated with her case. Mostly because I happened to be abroad in Rome in the spring of 2009, in the midst of Amanda's trial. I vividly remember seeing crowds of media around the court during a class field trip to Umbria and Perugia. At that time, when I was in Europe, I was very isolated from the news, so it wasn't until I returned back home that I picked up on what all the commotion had been about. After spending time in the charming town, it is unimaginable that such a disgraceful crime could've occurred, but it did, and I had to emerge myself in the details.
Below a picture of me on my class field trip, in Umbria. I'd just turned 21!
To me, Amanda's character is quite abstract. She is quirky, odd, witty, naive, promiscuous (in an innocent way), and carefree. She is that person, who is full of emotions, but doesn't necessarily express herself in the appropriate manner. And, although the entire justice system is Italy seems to be a bit out of whack, Amanda's way of expressing herself was what really made her look like a killer. Instantly as she is shocked by the news, of her murdered roommate/friend, she is being consoled by her boyfriend of a couple days, and apparently this PDA was seen as feeling indifferent of what had just occurred.
I'd rather not spill the details of the book, because it's best for everyone to read it. If not read it, just buy the book -- this family needs money from all their trips out to Italy. For four-years, Amanda always had a family member visiting her in Italy, and that's what kept her sane, were those one hour visits on rare occasions.
I haven't finished yet, but before I even do, I'm saying she's innocent, caught in a VERY bad scenario.
Ciao, and happy summer (but feels like fall) reading!
I too, Carly Numero One have become OBSESSED with this case. I think it started when my college roommate and I decided to watch the Lifetime Original Movie on it staring Hayden Penetiere. (Excuse my spelling of her last name)...
Ever since then, I've wondered, is she guilty or innocent? How could she have been held in captivity for so long before being proven guilty? How does the Italian Court System work to allow such little evidence to convict someone to a life in prison?
Well the books fantastic. It answers all those questions and more. And after finishing it, I'm a little a head of CBG here, there's one testimony that makes me confident this girl is innocent...just a little too quirky for her own good :)
Also, speaking of reading? What books are on your summer list? I'm currently reading two books: Mansfield Park (it's a slow one so I have to balance it out with another) and Bond Girl (a very quick one). I also have Revenge Wears Prada on my to read list next.