Book Review: Violent Ends

violent-endsViolent Ends By Shaun David Hutchinson , Neal Shusterman , Brendan Shusterman, Beth Revis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Courtney Summers, Kendare Blake, Delilah S. Dawson, Steve Brezenoff, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz, Blythe Woolston, Trish Doller, Mindi Scott, Margie Gelbwasser, Christine Johnson, Elisa Nader, E.M. Kokie

Goodreads’ Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.

But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day.

This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates.

Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.

This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names

My Review: So I didn’t love this book but I didn’t hate it either. I was a little nervous about this at first because it was from 17 different viewpoints. I was worried I was gunna forget who everyone was but I’m dumb and they did it where each chapter was a different persons point of view.

So this book is about Kirby and how he ends up shooting up his school. It’s told by different people giving their views on Kirby. Some of the viewpoints were before the shooting some after. I really enjoyed that. It’s interesting getting everyone’s point of view. Seeing all these people’s views on the same person. There was one viewpoint that I really enjoyed because it was very different. I think the viewpoints were why I enjoyed the book so much. I would have loved the last chapter to be from Kirby’s perspective. I would have loved to know if he knew who he wanted to kill or if it was random. I just would have liked to know a little of what was going on in his head.

The book does a interesting job giving you an idea of who Kirby was as a person and a little bit of insight for why things went down but obviously don’t know exactly because you don’t hear from him.

I also didn’t realize until I finished the book that the chapters were wrote by different authors. I thought that is really cool and so unique. I honestly didn’t notice. There was one story that threw me off just because of how he was describing things then realizing it was written by different writers made sense. I thought that was a fun thing to learn about when finishing the book.

Overall it’s an interesting book. I feel it didn’t draw me in as much as I would have liked but getting all these people’s different perspectives was awesome. Check it out if you like books like that.

Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars


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