This is a shocking and very disturbing book. It is very graphic and not for the faint of heart. It is, however, a sad commentary on our society and how no one seems to feel that people are fully responsible for their own actions and choices.
A riveting, but disturbing account of the pre-meditated murder of Bobby Kent by his closest friends. It's hard to wrap your mind around the fact that this is a true story. Very well-written, but if you're easily disturbed you might want to skip it.
I had this read in three evenings... I couldn't seem to put it down. I'm a Mom, and I'm glad I read it...any parent should. I don't want to give anything away, but here's some of the reveiws;
"A COMPELLING ACCOUNT THAT READS LIKE FICTION...MUST READING FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT JUSTICE...[AND]FOR ANY PARENT WHO CARES ABOUT CHILDREN AND WHAT DANGERS LURK IN OUR MALLS AND STREETS AND SCHOOLS." --Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"A DEEPLY DISTURBINB BOOK, AN INDICTMENT OF SUBRUBAN VALUES AND OF AN AIMLESS, VIOLENT MIDDLE-CLASS YOUTH CULTURE THAT IS DEPRAVED BECAUSE IT IS MORALLY--NOT ECONOMICALLY--DEPRIVED." --The New York Times Book Reveiw
Wow, this book is a page turner. While your reading this you start thinking....this can't be true,but it is. Very disturbing and shocking. Great read ..page turner.I do recommend this book for people who have teenagers.
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This is the true story of seven kids in Florida, white, mostly middle class and loved by their parents, but who knew how to get their own way. They got together and killed the best friend of one, who was, indeed, a hateful bully and rapist, but the lack of human feeling of the seven is appalling. You also wonder why some of them, who had not been injured by the victim, let themselves go along at all. It was as if no one had any idea of the seriousness of what was being planned. Their stupidity is amazing, too, and they were speedily caught.
The most powerful writing comes at the end, after the account of how the seven were convicted and sentenced. Almost all their relatives "shrieked" that the sentences were unfair..."He wasn't the only one." "...She made a mistake, that's all." "She was a dumb kid who was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
It ends, "They did not say this: My child is a murderer. I am sick with shame. When I think of what my child did to another human being, I want to die myself.
No one said that. Not one person."
A lesson for our day.
Good literature, it isn't, and there are some annoying inconsistencies, but the case is worth knowing about, and the ending is satisfying.
This was a very good book. I was surprised by this story. I usually do not feel any sympathy for the "bullies" or evil people who get killed by good people who have finally had enough (such as the "victims" in A Father's Rage or In Broad Daylight.) True, Bobby was a real jerk, but the kids who killed him were basically jerks, too. I did feel bad for Bobby when I read how he was killed.
Surprising and compelling true crime story. I was amazed how little common sense many of the kids had--it's not until about page 110 or so that a kid says, "You witnessed a murder? Why don't you tell the police?" Some of the adults lacked common sense as well--one of the families' conversations with their relative's lawyer amazed me. I won't say more because I don't want to give too much away.
i thought it was a bit boring. i mean I'm not a gruesome person but everyone was all like eww so graphic... it really wasn't. even the pictures that were supposed to be icky really weren't. i did enjoy the book on the whole. it made me laugh and reinforce why i don't like drugs and people on drugs. my favorite part however was like the last line....
"In almost every case they shrieked that the sentences were unfair. he wasn't the only one, marty puccios grandmother cried.
she's innocent, one of lisa connellys relatives said, she made a mistake thats all.
ali willis's stepfather said she was a dumb kid who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
They did not say this:
my child is a murderer. i am sick with shame. when i think of what my child did to another human being, i want to die myself
no one said that. not one person"
and i just really liked this part because its like the truth. and it goes to show just how they really were raised. they did it and they just tried shuffling all the blame to each other. instead of taking responsibility for what they had done. if i had been the judge i would have ruled more harshly on account of the obvious disregard for life and the fact none of them felt truly bad that they killed someone.
Bobby Kent was a bully - a steroid-pumped 20-year-old who dominated his peers in their comfortable, middle-class Ft. Lauderdale beach community through psychological, physical and sexual abuse. But on a summer night in 1993, Bobby was lured to the edge of the Florida everglades with a promise of sex and drugs...and was never seen alive again. The tormentor had become the victim in a bizarre and brutal act of vengeance carried out with rughless efficiency and cold-blooded premeditation by seven of his high school acquaintances - including his lifelong best friend - and instigated by one overweight, underloved teenager who believed her life would be perfect...if only Bobby Kent were dead.