It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story--that she died proclaiming her faith.
But it's not true.
I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did--and didn't--happen that day.
Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .
As the anniversary of the school shooting that killed eight people, including her best friend, approaches, Leeann is anxious and sad. She's also angry not just at the shooter, but at the people who turned Sarah into a martyr whose dying thought was of faith, and at herself for not clearing things up sooner. Searching for the truth, Leeann asks the other five students who were in the shooter's range, four of whom have become her closest friends, to tell their stories, and their narratives are folded into the book. The fifth survivor has left town, but Leeann tracks her down. As the truths mount up and displace each other, the survivors must come to terms with what they did and didn't do that day, and how different that may be from what people think happened. Keplinger (The DUFF) effectively conveys how the stories they've told and have been told about the shooting have shaped each survivor's sense of who they are. The result is an original and engrossing narrative about scars, recovery, and how the stories we tell can both sustain and hobble us. Ages 12 up.
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A Book Worth Reading.
What started off as a casual day at Barnes & Nobel, just browsing through section by section (like any normal person would), I came across Kody Keplinger’s “That’s Not What Happened” book. At a glance, I was intrigued by the book’s cover art rather than being interested in the material contained inside. You know? The usual “judge a book by its cover cliché,” Anyways, I eventually sat down and started reading right off the bat. I decided to skip through reading the reviews in the back, the summary inside the book’s panels, and skim through the acknowledgement pages and just dive right in. To my surprise, it literally starts off like that once you open the book, excluding the first copyright pages of course. It was hard at first to get into the story cause I’m not one to read books on the daily, let alone finish them from start to finish, but I was determined to putting the effort into reading it, especially since English is my worst subject in school and me wanting to improve on it, I decided to give it a go. As I read and read and read some more and read even more, I eventually became hooked on it. I couldn’t resist putting the book down and walking out the store. I wanted to know what happen next, who did what, and where the story would go next. So bought it and read it in two days. And that’s a lot coming from someone who hardly reads books! Look, I believe this is a great book to read and if you’re wondering whether you should consider getting it or not than look no further. Because I truly recommend this as a book to read. Sincerely, an amateur reader.
It was awesome
If the beginning is boring it gets ten times better as you go
Sorry but this book wasn’t really connecting with me. It was super boring. The price was not necessary