Painfully powerful. Disturbing in all the right ways, this story is so raw, so real, that you will either devour it or throw it away in a fit of sobs. Want to know what this book is about? Think Columbine. Think Umpqua Community College. Told from 17 points of view, this book is an enthralling account of one horrific day and the events leading up to it and prior to it. I especially appreciated the guns' point of view. Brilliant really, is what that is. While this book may be hard to read for the nature of the content, but with this kind of tragedy happening so often in the United States, I think everyone should read it. Get a little better understanding of why people snap and do these heinous things. The cycle has to be stopped somehow, and knowledge is usually the key to that power. In my opinion, this book is a MUST read.
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It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto the school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.
But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day.
This is about one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, playing saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing bullets at his classmates.
Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book told from multiple perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—by some of YA’s most recognizable names.
14 - 17 Years
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Trish Doller, Steve Brezenoff, Brendan Shusterman, Mindi Scott, Elisa Nader, Beth Revis, Shaun David Hutchinson, Christine Johnson, Kendare Blake, Margie Gelbwasser, Delilah S. Dawson, Hannah Moskowitz, E. M. Kokie, Neal Shusterman, Blythe Woolston, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Courtney Summers, Tom Leveen
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8.25 x 5.50 x 0.90 Inches
Painfully powerful. Di...
This book tells the st...
This book tells the story of a school shooting, but from 17 different perspectives (none of which are that of the shooter). It was interesting, going inside the days and hours leading up to the shooting, or those following the shooting. It really gave some good insights into how people may have viewed the shooter, before the event happened.... things that maybe led to his "breakdown," if you will; things that made it hard for some to believe he would be capable of this, while others found it completely plausible... However, I found it went on a bit too long. I found myself with three or so chapters left, and I'd pretty much lost interest. I guess it might be because each chapter, focusing on a different person, is written by a different author. So, while I'm able to follow the flashbacks and the current events of a story written by one author (or two collaborating together), this book had a bit more of a choppy feel to it. I appreciated the skills of each author--they were all very good, as writers. I just found myself thinking, "Okay, I get it. Are we done yet?" Still, I'd recommend this to anyone else interested in this particular topic, or to anyone who's read anything by one or more of those authors.
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