Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson, Kendare Blake, Steve Brezenoff, Delilah S. Dawson, Trish Doller, Margie Gelbwasser, E.M. Kokie, Cynthia Leitich Smith , Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz, Elisa Nader, Beth Revis, Mindi Scott, Neal & Brandon Shusterman, Courtney Summers, Blythe Woolston, Christine Johnson ~ ARC Review by Fallon

Violent Ends


Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 
 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

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.

Fallon's Review:

Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for an ARC for review of Violent Ends, This in no way affected my opinion in me review.

I first heard about this book from Author Trish Doller at an event I organized at the beginning of the year and knew at that point I needed to get my hands on this book.

Violent Ends ranges from POV's from the mind of the gunman to kids in other schools near by. This is a book that really nailed how fragile a child's psyche is and how each interaction can cause a ripple effect. Each Author had a different style of writing but as a collective and how it was written worked in a very powerful way.

I think this is a book every teacher and student in a high school should have on their bookshelf. I teared up at numerous points and as a parent who has children in the school system I read part of this book to them. I think open communication is important and this book nails all the decisions and repercussions that lead to a person's mind cracking beyond repair.

I loved this book and am highly recommending this! It is a great book for parents and children who are having to cope in a school system which at times can be brutal. I am giving Violent Ends 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

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