Wow, what a great but tragic story. A boy who is picked on from the first day of kindergarden until high school. What being bullied really does to a child day after day. The tragedy of Columbine and all the other schools rolled into this story. It made me feel such pity for the boy who felt he had no other way out and took matters into his own hands. The results were tragic, the outcome for all shattered lives but it makes you think of what kids go through. I know I thought of my own now grown children who were treated in a similar manner. The best of Jodi Picoults books in my opinion
No one in the quiet community of Sterling, New Hampshire would have guessed that in nineteen minutes on a cool March morning, their whole world could be turned upside down, and their town could be national news. A judge, her daughter, a midwife, her murderous son, a detective, a defense attorney and his family--these are just some of the lives that cross paths in this very touching story of what drives a poor, bullied victim to commit such a terrifying act of violence.
This is a typical Jodi Picoult novel: touching, tender, and real, with no definitive answers. It also has an equally unsatisfying Picoult-like ending, which was the only part of this book that I didn't enjoy. Nevertheless, I would read it again, for her pitch-perfect portrayal of different people.
I found this book in a thrift store for .50 cents! Can you believe it?
In any case, I found this book to be very typical Picoult. It was good, but not that good. While she did a good job of fictionalizing a real event (Columbine) and expressing feelings, etc... from the victims and relatives, I felt that it lacked depth. Really, how can you form into words the horror of a mass school shooting?
This is a great book. At first I didn't think I was going to like it but once I got into it, I hated to put it down.
I found I really liked the style this book is written in although I had my doubts at first.
The charaters are made even more interesting by the way their lives are wound together and played out, throughout the book. Definately worth the time to read.
The outcome blew me away!!!
This book was extremely well-written, haunting, and very insightful. However, the ending completely ruined it for me, I hated it so much I want to rip the book into a million pieces.