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Violent Ends

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Violent Ends

How could Kirby Matheson, a boy who had friends and a great family, have the will to enter his high school and open fire during a pep rally, killing six and injuring five others? We’ll never really know because this book isn’t about the shooting itself; it’s about the people it affected. Each chapter is told from a different victim’s perspective, some describing their stories before the shooting and some afterwards. 

VIOLENT ENDS is a very powerful read that gives a realistic description of not only what the students go through after a tragedy like this, but the community as a whole.

Each chapter of VIOLENT ENDS, edited by Shaun David Hutchinson, is written by a different author and follows a different character’s experience during and after the shooting. VIOLENT ENDS is a very powerful read that gives a realistic description of not only what the students go through after a tragedy like this, but the community as a whole.Each character not only feels the pain of losing the victims but also the pain of trying to understand why Kirby would commit such a crime. It was very interesting to read each character’s perspective about both the shooting and Kirby himself.

I would recommend this book to everyone over 13 years old. There was a chapter or two that made me slightly uncomfortable, but really those chapters just described life and its realities. The book was really powerful and overall just amazing. I would suggest picking it up right away.

Reviewed by Harleen K., Teen Board member on September 9, 2015

Violent Ends
edited by Shaun David Hutchinson