June 18, 2010

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Feeling: Loved this book as much as one can love such a morbid, incredibly sad story.

This book is very, very thought provoking and after reading it I milled over the story for days.
I actually read it twice to make sure that I did not miss a thing and to give myself a chance to actually make up my mind if agreed with the author.

When you finish reading this book you will not feel happy, it will make you question your beliefs.
You will view certain people a little differently because we all know someone who is a bit like Kevin! I think I went to school with a few "Kevin's"!

The book asks that age old question "Are certain people just born evil?".
If you are pregnant with your 1st child I would not suggest that you read this book, once you read it you will understand why I say this.....scary stuff!

For someone who likes something that is a little different and enjoys a bit of psychological thriller it will keep you in suspense until the very last page.
I read this book in two days!

If anyone else has read " We Need To Talk About Kevin" I would Love to know what you thought?

The below sums up the book- not written by me- but I loved the description!

We Need to Talk About by Kevin Lionel Shriver

"The school shootings that ran rampant through the 1990s had everyone shocked and in fear of sending their kids to school. Throughout the shootings, culminating in Columbine, one thing probably went through everyone’s minds: What were these kids’ parents like? It’s human nature to assume that children who go bad are helped along by cruel or indifferent parents. Why do we think this? Because if we let our minds consider the alternative, that some kids are just born bad, then we must be aware of the frightening fact that it could happen to us.
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver explores this very idea through a source closer to the subject than any other—the mother of a boy who shot seven of his classmates during a rampage in the school gym. Although the book is fictional, the subject matter is all too real, and this makes it an exceptionally chilling read.
Eva Khatchadourian explores her feeling about her son Kevin’s actions through a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin. Although this might seem like a limiting way to go about a book of this scope, it actually works quite well. Through Eva’s eyes, we watch the excruciating formative years of an evil child who convinces his gullible father that he’s a sweet boy, but whose mother knows better. Eva’s dislike of her cold little boy just fuels his cruel streak, slowly escalating his violent nature as he grows older.
The heartbreaking part of the novel comes when Eva and Franklin have a second child, the incredibly na├»ve and trusting Celia, who thinks her brother is the greatest person on earth. The foreshadowing of what happens to Celia, and to the entire family, is almost unbearable to read because Shriver does such an excellent job of painting a picture of a family whose members are far from perfect but who certainly don’t deserve what will happen to them. An air of bleak despair settles over the entire novel, reflecting Eva’s mood as she writes to her beloved Franklin.
If you plan to pick up this novel, be forewarned: it is not light, it will not give you faith in humanity and it will probably scare you more than any horror novel you’ve ever read. Why? Because what happened to Eva’s family could easily happen to any family in America. With her eye for detail and talent for creating a chilling, desperate atmosphere, Lionel Shriver has penned a novel that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last chapter"

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