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We Need to Talk About Kevin

Shriver, Lionel (eBook - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
We Need to Talk About Kevin


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Eva never really wanted to be a mother and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklyn.
Authors: Shriver, Lionel
Title: We need to talk about Kevin
[downloadable ebook]
Publisher: New York :, Counterpoint,, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Statement of Responsibility: Lionel Shriver
Summary: Eva never really wanted to be a mother and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklyn.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 1582438870
9781582438870
Branch Call Number: Downloadable ebook
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Report This Jan 25, 2014
  • stewstealth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a well written novel done in an epistolary fashion. Though ostensibly about her psychopathic son the broader look of the novel is American culture, parenthood and relationships. Very well crafted and an interesting read.

Report This Aug 15, 2013
  • samutavi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie before I read this book. Even though I knew from the start what the painful revelation would be at the end of the story that did not lessen the emotional impact. This is a good (and difficult) book. There are some very honest moments about the ambiguity and doubt that can sometimes plague you as a parent. It is an extreme example in that the child does something particularly awful, but the challenges his actions present to his mother are reflective of the more typical difficulties of parenting. This one made me think.

Report This Jul 15, 2013
  • everydayathena rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A dark and compelling book. The plot, despite its unusual focus (most mothers, thankfully, do not give birth to monsters), was incredibly plausible - at no point did I find myself doubting that this could happen. I did struggle with the 'weight' of the book - meaning, I found the heavy subject matter difficult to bear - but I was absolutely gripped throughout. I found myself thinking of that now-famous blog post titled "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother". I also connected strongly with the protagonist. Some reviewers below have complained about her character flaws, but I think that's the point - she isn't a madonna, but rather a regular woman who can, at times be petty and mean. She has her limits and her psychopathic son, even as a toddler, incessantly pushes those limits. In her essay "Life is Precious, Or It Isn't", Barbara Kingsolver expressed her empathy for the parents of the Columbine school shooters, who " must surely live with the deepest emotional pain it is possible to bear". This novel made me acutely aware of that emotional pain, and of the unfathomable weight of the cross borne by the parents of kids who kill.

Report This Jun 22, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The mother of a teenage boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and the much-beloved teacher who had tried to befriend him relates the story of her son’s upbringing in an attempt to find out what went wrong. She considers motherhood, marriage, family and career, while framing these horrifying tableaus of teenage carnage as metaphors for the larger tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves, and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.

Report This May 23, 2013
  • finn75 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing book. Twist at the end floored me. Is someone born evil or do they become that way? Extremely well written.

Totally loved this book! Couldn't put it down. The subject matter is horrifying and scary. Loved the way it was written.

Report This Feb 02, 2013
  • Stephenson1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing novel. Yes, Shriver does tend to use some unnecessarily ornate words, but if you let that distract you from the story she tells, and the exceptional character development of the narrator, you are going to miss out on a great book. The subject matter is dark, but that is part of what makes the book so enthralling. Shriver leads you on a journey though the narrator's whole life, her motivations and feelings, and the apparent consequences of it all. One of the best written, and most developed novels I have read.

Report This Jan 07, 2013
  • dera444 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. I just happened to be reading this at the time of the Connecticut school shooting. Incredible book!

Report This Dec 29, 2012
  • drsvyas rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very gripping, and extremely eloquent narrative. I enjoyed it all the way through. The writing is so powerful, I enjoyed reading many passages over, and let the message impress me again.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • ChrisSosa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Possibly the most interesting and challenging novel I've ever read. Shriver has written the rare work that forever imprints itself on the reader's psyche. Rarely is motherhood explored with such emotional intensity and complexity. A disturbing and important book.

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Report This Jun 06, 2013
  • JCLJedD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"You can only subject people to anguish who have a conscience. You can only punish people who have hopes to frustrate or attachments to sever; who worry what you think of them. You can really only punish people who are already a little bit good." Eva on the futility of punishing Kevin

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Lionel Shriver gives a candid interview about her troubling and controversial novel "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

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