Friday, July 02, 2004

Mean Girls and The King of Torts 

I recently read John Grisham's The King of Torts, at about the same time that I saw Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls.

The King of Torts follows a public defender who finds himself handed an opportunity to strike it rich in the field of mass torts. He attempts to justify his actions by his good intentions, and is convinced that he will stay above what he sees as the distasteful excess of other mass torts lawyers.

Mean Girls follows a previously home-schooled-in-Africa teenager who suddenly finds herself in a mainstream American high school. She befriends some outsiders, who encourage her to infiltrate the in-crowd when she receives an unexpected invitation. She tries to walk the line between these two groups, convinced she can manage without being corrupted or betraying any of her new friends.

Both were immensely enjoyable, although I found myself wincing at some of the choices made by both protagonists. I found the two works are a good pairing, in that both can be summed up as cautionary tales about how easy it is to drown in the shallow end.

Amazon links: Mean Girls, King of Torts

Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:49 PM