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Much has already been written about Amanda Knox: sensational international tabloid stories dubbing her Foxy Knoxy ; numerous books examining the trial wherein Knox stood accused of murdering Meredith Kercher, her English roommate, while she was studying abroad in Perugia, Italy; a sympathetic tell-all written by her ex-boyfriend, another among the accused; and even a Lifetime movie. But amid the clamoring din, Knox pieced together her defense, not only against the murder accusation and 2009 conviction but also her condemnation in the court of public opinion. Drawing from journals, letters, court testimony, and other written records, Knox recounts how the trip abroad she thought would help her grow up became a kind of nightmare coming-of-age in which she was violently stripped of her naivete and forced to confront her misplaced trust in Perugian officials. She also addresses actions she regrets, including the false accusation she leveled against her former boss. In clear, concise language, Knox offers the definitive story of her trial thus far. However, the saga continues. As of March 2013, her 2011 acquittal had been overturned by Italy's highest criminal court. Required reading for those who can't get enough of this headline-grabbing saga.--Jones, Courtney Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Knox's memoir will doubtlessly be gobbled up by those who have followed her imprisonment and trial in Italy. For those who are unfamiliar with the case, her story as she tells it is harrowing: a junior year abroad gone horribly wrong as Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher was found murdered and Knox and her Italian boyfriend pinned as the killers. Certain passages and turns of phrase (her repeated insistence that she is "quirky," for example) seem strange until it becomes clear that she is responding to tabloid allegations. It's hard to imagine Knox's story will change anyone's mind: those who believe her to be innocent will continue to do so; those who believe her to be guilty will see this book as a lie. Those who have no opinion as to her guilt or innocence will find that, despite its doorstopper proportions, Knox's memoir is a very fast read. Verdict Obviously, this book will circulate. If nothing else, people who think she's guilty will want to hate-read this without generating royalties. Readers of The Monster of Florence will note that prosecutor Guiliano Mignini also appears in the Knox case.-Kate Sheehan, Waterbury, CT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.