Violent Ends - YA Review by Jarod D

Reader: Jarod D.
Age: 16
Title: Violent Ends
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub Date: 09/01/15
Galley: No
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book reaches out to everyone from the parents of children to the LGBT community. The book tells the story of multiple people and their points of view; however, it does not reveal the reason for the event. Instead, the authors write the book in a way that everyone can draw their own conclusion, which portrays the reality of events such as these.
Memorable or Forgettable: The book is memorable because it allows bias, without letting any single bias dominate another. Each character has their own ideas about why the school shooting happened. I also enjoyed how the points of view pointed at a single subject, but did not all converge into one full picture of what happened and why it happened.
Cover: The cover of the book was the whole reason I picked it up. It seemed unusual, as we often see color in our world and deny the idea of emptiness. Overall the cover portrayed the book's context to a "t."
Age Range: 14 through 18 and up
Quality: 5Q - Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 5P - Everyone wants to read it
Additional Comments: This is my favorite book since I joined TKB.
Annotation: School shootings. They're happening all over the world for a multitude of reasons. Everyone always wants to know why.Why would anyone want to do such a terrible thing? What no one ever asks, is what about everyone else? How has it affected them and what is going to happen next? In this book, Violent Ends by Shaun Hutchinson and 16 other authors, you get to see inside the lives of the people who have lost their best friends and their precious loved ones.

tags: tragedy / school shooting / multiple narrators / ya lit

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