Sunday, April 22, 2012

We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver

Barnes & Noble

Scariest subject ever: school shootings.

I've often wondered how you know if your kid is going to end up a killer. Is there some sort of faulty wiring in his brain? Is she so filled with rage? How do you--as a parent--ensure that your child doesn't become the next Manson, Dahmer, or McVey?

We Need to Talk About Kevin delves into one woman's experience--written in letters to her estranged husband--in the aftermath of her son's school shooting rampage. She wonders if it's her fault. And honestly? How could she NOT think that she had something to do with it. While ultimately a person needs to be held accountable for his actions, I doubt there are many parents that wouldn't ask "where did I go wrong"?

The writing is beautiful and hauntingly descriptive, which is why I'm giving this book four stars instead of three. This is not a book I'm going to forget about.

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