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Subject: We Need to Talk About Kevin (WARNING Spoilers!)
Date Posted: 3/18/2008 1:50 PM ET
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By Lionel Shriver  OMG!!!!!  Has anybody else read this book?  I  finished it last week and am still reeling.  I did not see that ending.  Very surprising for me as I can usually predict them.  The ending  was pretty predictable too and I was totally blindsided.  I can't stop thinking about it.  Anyone else??????

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 3:32 PM ET
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I read that one a couple years back, and I do remember having a feeling that something was a bit off about midway towards the book.  I kept wondering why we were only reading one side of the story.  But it was just a feeling, in fact, I was wondering if they divorced and the dad was just not writing her back or something.   I was still surprised by the ending!

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 4:58 PM ET
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I read it not too long ago, very intense, very brutal.  I was just finishing up the book when the shootings happened at NIU, which is not too far from me in Chicago.  Of course, there are so many shootings now that anyone reading the book will probably hear about one happening!!  Yes, the ending surprised me too.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 11:21 PM ET
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I guessed half of it because it just seemed so off. I read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult not long after this book, and it was interesting how different the shooters were in the two books. I didn't care for the epistolary format in this book, but I liked the perspective and how the mother agonizes over Kevin's upbringing and her parenting choices. At first I was angry with her, but by the end (before she made it to the day of the shooting) I felt so sorry for her and angry with everyone in the town for judging her. Then after she told what happened, I felt sick. It was just awful.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 11:28 PM ET
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Probably my favorite read of 2007.  Dark, dark, DARK, but I could NOT put it down, or stand to be away from it long.  The only thing that I didn't love about it was the somewhat forced ending......

 

 

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...after all that she tries to FORGIVE?   He's done the unthinkable, and they were NEVER close, so it's not like re-kindling a love that was already there.  I just didn't find that so believable.  The rest, absolutely stunning.

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 10:30 AM ET
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I agree that there were parts of the book that seemed unrealistic.  There was one scene where the the mother, for the umpteenth time, confronts the father about something Kevin did and this time the father becomes upset--I thought he was upset because he realized he had been deluding himself about Kevin, but no, it turns out he's so upset with his wife he can't take her complaining anymore and starts talking about ending the marriage.  I thought, come on, how gullible is it possible for one guy to be?   Also, the fact that the mom buys a pet for the daughter, even though she says something about an earlier time when she realized she was lucky she never got Kevin a dog.  By this time, wouldn't she know what was going to happen to an animal brought into the house? 

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 1:26 PM ET
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Speaking of the odd pet......  I never understood what happened to it.  Did it get loose & Kevin put in the sink drain?  I didn't really get that.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 6:59 PM ET
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I read it a couple years ago.  Yeah, I still remember the "WOW" feeling I had at the end.  I didn't see it coming, but looking back there were so many clues!!  I live only a few miles from Columbine High School, and it was unsettling to see that event referenced in a fiction book.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 9:21 PM ET
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I am reading it now. It is obviously building to a shocking conclusion, but I haven't guessed.  The father irritates me much more than the mother. How stupid/blind/desperate for the myth of a happy home can the guy be???