Have you ever picked up a book and wished it came with a warning label? Well this is one of them.
Warning: Do not read if you will be interrupted. May cause anxiety and tears. If you think your heart is racing, it probably is. If you are a parent be aware that you will suddenly have an overwhelming urge to hug your child. Please enjoy responsibly.
This is a very well written novel but isn’t something you pick up for light reading. It will linger in your mind for quite a while after reading it. And that’s no bad thing. As a society we need to think on this issue more. While the characters weren’t as well developed as I wanted, I was able to inject some life into them with very little effort. The book does what I think it was intended to do…. make us think. Whether people like it or not it will be one that we are talking about. I recommend it particularly for young people ages 13-21. Parents be ready when they put this one down. Whether people like it or not it will be one that we are talking about.
I grew up during the Columbine days and remember all to well the felling of gut wrenching fear that this is a real thing. Now 17 years later, and the feeling is still there. Not towards me of course(yes I escaped school to become and “adult”) but because I am a parent of a school age child. While I wish she could stay small and innocent forever I know that’s just not a reality. We have had to have serious conversations about what to do in case of an active shooter. For those of you that are fans of Katie’s reviews, I’m sorry to disappoint you this time. I’ve put it on the shelf for “maybe when you are older”. Let’s let her stay young a little while longer. OK rant done Steps off soapbox – Amanda – Mom age.
From the book jacket
Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.