PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016
4 / 5 STARS
This #1 New York Times Bestseller chronicles the 54 harrowing minutes of a school shooting and follows four students who must confront their greatest hopes, and darkest fears, as they come face-to-face with the boy with the gun.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
Someone starts shooting.
This was INTENSE! I don’t even know where to begin with this book. With all the massacres that have happened this year, the story hit me hard. I even had to put the book down a few times and read something a little lighter because it became too much at times. I felt as though I was in the room too, wanting to escape like everyone else. Even though it was hard to read at times I liked how Marieke brought all her characters to life, even the ones who weren’t main characters. The different point of views and stories between the characters are very real and raw. I felt their pain and their struggles (even the shooters). They all had their own demons but only one of them let their demons take over, causing a very horrific school shooting. This book will have you thinking about your own interactions and connections with other people. No matter how long or how brief it may be it can leave a mark, so make sure it’s a good one. Because everyone just wants the same thing in life, to be loved and accepted. So in the words of Ellen DeGeneres, “be kind to one another”.