Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: September 1, 2015
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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 Kirby and how 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 on 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 of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.
WHAAA-- This was SO FUCKING GOOD. I want more!
Not for the weak-hearted. This book's got its kick. Dark, disturbing, tragic and very emotional, the story had me submerged in its pages compulsively. If you are like me and that is exactly the type of books you like reading, this book is for you. Plus, it has some big names in YA like Neal Shusterman and Courtney Summers, so you are in for a literary treat!
Dear Courtney Summers, you ROCK male POV! I felt like everything was incomplete because every story was SO GOOD I just needed/wanted more, specially Tom Leveen's and Courtney's. I don't know who Elisa Nader is but her story knocked all the air out of me.
Sometimes we forget that every human being in multi-dimensional and complex. That good people do good things and terrible people still have good sides. In every tragedy, the overall question is why? Why did he do it? Why those kids? What happened to him? This is an exploration of that. But the truth is that the WHY is as complex as every single one of our brains. Prepare to feel confused and with contradicting feelings. You can't help but keep turning the pages to find out who is the next character narrating. Definitely one of my favorites this year. Highly recommended.