Feb 16, 2018

A Relevant Read: Violent Ends

Hello, I just wanted to write a short post recommending Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson. I have previously written a review of this book which you can check out here. I rated it with 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Authors: Shaun David Hutchinson, Kendare Blake, Steve Brezenoff, Delilah S. Dawson, Trish Doller, Margie Gelbwasser, E.M. Kokie, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz, Elisa Nader, Beth Revis, Mindi Scott, Neal Shusterman, Brandon Shusterman, Courtney Summers, Blythe Woolston, Christine Johnson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 384

"It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto 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, played 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."
This seems to be a relevant read due to recent events with the Parkland shooting. This story also takes place in a high school and focuses on the victims rather than the shooter, so I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested. 

We would just like everyone to know that we stand with those affected by this senseless tragedy, and would like to voice that now is the time for policy and change.

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