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3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,354 Ratings  ·  394 Reviews
Cameron: "Deep inside, you know that whoever gets up in your face gets there because he knows you′re nothing, and he knows that you know it too."

Carla: "What I′m trying to do is to get by -- not even get over, just get by."

Leonard: "I have bought a gaw-juss weapon. It lies beneath my bed like a secret lover, quiet, powerful, waiting to work my magic."

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Amistad (first published May 1st 2004)
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Aug 20, 2008 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, school
I honestly don't know how Walter Dean Myers does it. How can he be such a genius? It's unfathomable.

This is the story of a teenager who is often bullied by classmates who eventually loses it and opens fire in his school, killing his arch-enemy and himself. The book opens after the fact.

I liked the format of using police reports and various interview transcripts for the main text; it's a realistic device that adds to the clinical, almost sterile accounts of "the incident." It also kind of makes t
Keira Francis
Nov 19, 2014 Keira Francis rated it really liked it
At Madison High School, if you don't fit in, you're an "outsider." And outsiders stick together. That's exactly what Cameron, Leonard, and Carla did. They were very close friends and could never stay mad at each other too long, no matter what they did to deserve the hate. Cameron and Leonard are bullied, left out, and don't feel like they belong anywhere. They feel like there is no light at the end of their tunnel, and they feel that if they can't see a light now, why keep searching? One of the ...more
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Apr 09, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B

One Word: sobering

In the aftermath of a shooting in Madison High School, a report has been commissioned to deconstruct the events leading a student to perpetrate the crime and commit suicide. SHOOTER is that report, including interviews with two of Leonard's friends, and his own diary.

I enjoyed William Dean Myers' book, which read exactly like a report, though I'm not sure SHOOTER has universal teen appeal, due to the format of telling vs allowing the story to unfold with the shooting a
Dakota Lenz
May 07, 2015 Dakota Lenz rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Cameron and his two friends, Carla and Len. They were involved in a school shooting, and Len was the leader. On April 28 Carla and Cameron went to school early thinking they were going to spray paint, the walls with Len, but, when they got there Len had two guns. Carla and Cameron took off running, and Len started shooting at them. The FBI then shows up and finds all 3 are found, Len is dead, and now they are talking about their story, and how it happened.

I would
Landon Buchholtz
Jan 11, 2016 Landon Buchholtz rated it liked it
Personal Response: I thought is was a good book. The book is very complicated and written in journals and interviews of a shooting at a school. I like what the author did by writing it like this. It's like you're in the investigation yourself. It's fun cause you never know what's waiting around the corner.

Plot Summary: It's about three troubled teenagers that end up in a school shooting. Its written in the journal of a troubled teen. Leonard is the leader of the group with his friends and introd
Hivan Escutia
Jan 10, 2013 Hivan Escutia rated it it was amazing
Shooter written by Walter Dean Myers. Published in 2004. This book is non-fiction. The main character is Cameron Porter. Another important character is Len Evans. A third important character is Carla Evans, she's Len's sister. This book is about 3 kids who are in a school group. Len Evans is the brother of Carla. Cameron is Len's best friend. Len is accused of killing someone. So Cameron and Carla get interviewed to ask questions about Len's life. Sometimes the questions get too personal, some a ...more
Sep 28, 2011 ~Tazia rated it it was amazing
Hard To Forget About Someone Once Their Gone
“At first, right after the incident, I didn’t. And I don’t think I admire him now. But the more I think about him, the more I talk about him, the more I understand him. And when you understand somebody that changes your relationship with them. I don’t know if you can get next to that, but that’s the way it goes. At least for me. Sometimes I think I don’t want to understand Len, because I don’t want to like him, or admire him. But I think you
Aug 21, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: jf-ya
I feel guilty giving this three stars. I am judging this against WDM's other books and not the YA world as a whole. It would probably be 4 stars if I hadn't already read Monster and Autobiography of My Dead Brother.
The story is told mostly as a set of investigative interviews into a shooting perpetrated by Len.
I found it dry in parts but the ending redeemed it. The journal of Len was brilliant writing. The word play had me laughing despite how seriously disturbed it was. I just had a hard time g
Jordan A
Jun 05, 2013 Jordan A rated it it was amazing
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Recommended to Jordan by: Barbara Bradford
Walter Dean Myers
4 star review
The book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers was very interestingly written. It was written in dialogue as the book was about a boy who was interview about a shooting in a school. Throughout the book, the boy, Cameron had been interview about what happened the day many students lost their lives on one sad day because of a psychotic victim of bullying called Leo.
I enjoyed this book a lot because the author’s writing style was so unique as the book was written in an i
Chris Thompson
Jul 15, 2012 Chris Thompson rated it it was ok
Walter Dean Myers' Shooter is a multigenre work that takes a look at a fictional school shooting and events leading up to it. We don't actually witness the shooting happen, but learn about it after the fact from interviews, police reports, and a diary. School shootings has been a topic of film and novels ever since the horrible Columbine shootings of 1999, and school violence has become an increasingly greater problem ever since. It's no surprise that people are drawn to these kinds of stories, ...more
Brenda Melecio
Nov 09, 2012 Brenda Melecio rated it really liked it
I actually did like everything in this book because it was really interesting and a lot of unespected things happend in this story. one of the unique things that happend in this book is that they are telling the story in a report about there friendship with Leonard. some of the things that i like about these story are that it had a lot of interesting things and they didnt repeat the same things over again. also another thing why i like these atory is because it talk about someone that was alread ...more
Amber Cain
Jul 23, 2015 Amber Cain rated it it was amazing
The way this book was written was amazing. The only part I had trouble with was the journal, it gave me a headache.
Apr 05, 2010 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
What can I say........I can't believe some books are published and they become popular. I think many kids today read these books because they don't like to read.
The book is written as an interview and diary entry-which hinders character-development. This story just re-tells the sterotypical school shooting story in three different contexts. Not good. It almost glorifys the nerd teaching the jock a lesson.
On the positive, it explores the cliques and social structure of the adolence.

Mar 09, 2016 Iosha rated it it was amazing
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Oct 09, 2015 Antonio rated it really liked it
The first thing you might wonder when you start to read Shooter, the chilling,novel by Walter Dean Myers, is "Did this really happen?" With transcripts of interviews, newspaper clippings, autopsy reports and diary excerpts, the book appears to document a high school shooting that took place in a suburban community sometime after the D.C. sniper rampage. After a while you realize, with some relief, that while school shootings are by no means unheard of, this particular tragedy hasn't actually hap ...more
Abel Villarreal
May 15, 2015 Abel Villarreal rated it liked it
Shooter by Walter Dean Myers is a quite sad and depressing book. It explains a shooting at Madison High school a year after the event has happened through the eyes of two students who experienced it. Cameron and Carla explain everything they remember about that day in an interview. Cameron and his friend are speculated of being in a cult that was involved in the shooting however through reading you learn the truth about the shooting. Towards the end of the book it goes into the shooters diary an ...more
Gabby Morgan
Shooter was an interesting read, but disturbing at the same time. It scared me how realistic what happened in the book was. Cameron never saw what Leonard was going to do coming, and that was something that really freaked me out. So often kids get lost in the system and they either turn out alright, or something goes terribly wrong, like in this case.

I chose this book because it was a required read for my class and probably would not have read it to be perfectly honest. I rarely pick a book whe
Brit Wilson
Dec 15, 2014 Brit Wilson rated it liked it
I would not have picked this book up if it hadn't been for an assignment, and I probably wouldn't have kept reading it either. It was well written, and tells a powerful story about a decline into madness and aggression, and the fragile psyche of the sort of person who becomes a school shooter, and why. Though its told in transcripts and journal entries, and letters, that only helps to reveal the story piece by piece. Its told in the aftermath of the event, as authorities are trying to figure out ...more
Bryce  Bodily
Dec 14, 2014 Bryce Bodily rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-356-17-25
I read this book for a class and I listened to it on audiotape at the same time. I wasn't the biggest fan of it. I think the voice actors were fine, I think it was just the subject matter was a little hard for me to swallow. It's the stuff that nightmares are made of in my mind.

This book was hard for me to read/listen to and I was very glad when I was finished with it. I felt like it took me a lot longer then normal. It was so sad and dark and I really struggled with trying to enjoy it. Listeni
Nicole Modugno
Dec 13, 2014 Nicole Modugno rated it liked it
Shelves: grade-these
I've never read a book in the format of a collection of interviews and paperwork. This was such a unique and insightful book. With all the shootings that have happened recently in America, it's enlightening to read about a shooting like this--especially from the point of view of the people involved and the one who committed the shooting.

It reminds readers, in a non-didactic way, that psychological problems can blossom from messed up situations in the home, and that not all criminal activity is
Angelique Wilkes
Dec 15, 2014 Angelique Wilkes rated it really liked it
Shelves: 17-25
I honestly don't know how Walter Dean Myers does it. How can he be such a genius? It's unfathomable.

I liked the format of using police reports and various interview transcripts for the main text; it's a realistic device that adds to the clinical, almost sterile accounts of "the incident." It also kind of makes the story a little more creepy.

Myers' talent is really evident, though, in Len's diary. You totally get the idea that Len is crazy, but he's not one-dimensionally crazy. Myers fleshes out
Dec 15, 2014 Kirsten rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-356-17-25
The perspectives taken are that of the best friend, and potential accomplice of a high school shooter, followed by the love interest of the shooter, and lastly the journal of the deceased shooter himself. The novel is told through three perspectives, the first two in interview format, making the novel seem like a real account. The most terrifying, heart-wrenching part of the book was the journal at the end-- Len's journal. Walter Dean Myers crafted that journal so well that if it was found on th ...more
Sheng Yang
Dec 09, 2014 Sheng Yang rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng356-17-25
Shooter was a required book for my English class. I could never picture myself liking a novel that is relatable to the real world. However, this book proved me wrong and has awaken my interest. It has shown me that I do in fact have an interest in reading books like this. Overall, I really liked this book and style in which it was written.

This book was relatable to me, because (view spoiler)
Jocelyn Bergt
Nov 02, 2015 Jocelyn Bergt rated it really liked it
I gave this book four stars because throughout the book who learn about who Leonard really is and why he committed and act of violence. I really liked this book because its someone else's point of view trying to explain what Leonard did without actually knowing what he was thinking in the days leading up to the shooting until the end. My second reason is that the book doesn't have chapters it goes by interviews with physiologists and the police with Carla and Cameron. It makes the story almost m ...more
Brian Forbes
Dec 14, 2014 Brian Forbes rated it it was amazing
This was a required book for my class. This book hit home for me. I really enjoyed it. This book is a story about a high school shooting that is pieced together by interviews with doctors and other people, trying to figure out exactly what happened and why it happened. The writing style is superb. The reason why this book resonated so much within me is because when I was in high school, there were 6 or 7 suicides, and while these were not school shootings, the later events and effects they had o ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Jayme rated it really liked it
Shelves: class-8-16
I chose this book because it was recommended in class, and because I was interested in reading it, in light of the recent mass shootings in America. I think because of the current context of the world, it was even more powerful of a read. The way it was written was really cool and added a lot to the tone. Because it was written using legal documents, as a reader, I felt as though I was looking into the files of a real shooting. I would recommend this to anyone that would be interested, but it ma ...more
ACS Librarian
This novel is depressing and dark, but too dry for too long to be much more than that. It 19s the documentation of a school shooting. No narration 13 just transcripts of various investigations and inquiries and Miranda statements, and some news clippings that seem irresponsibly weak.

There 19s also the journal of Leonard Gray, the shooter. That 19s one of the highlights of the book: deeply disturbing. Leonard is by far my favorite character, but the reader only sees him through his journal and t
Alexandra Holt
Apr 09, 2015 Alexandra Holt rated it liked it
Shelves: books-13-25
Inspired by the events of Columbine, Myers creates a psychologist report-like book that delves into the mind and reasoning behind a school shooting. Cameron's only true friend, Leonard, was not only different, but prided himself in being different; he obsessed over guns, used drugs frequently, and was always in high-risk situations. He came from an abusive home, hated his parents, and felt as if he were an outcast the moment he stepped into a school building. As Cameron and Carla are interviewed ...more
Chelsea Hall
Dec 01, 2015 Chelsea Hall rated it liked it
Post #5
This book centers around a young man named Cameron who is being interviewed by several different people on the occurrence at his school that his best friend Len created. Without giving too much away Cam and his two friends are bullied and looked at as "others" or outsiders. Cameron seems careless about it from an outside perspective but apparently being bullied enough can lead people to doing some pretty ugly things. Walter Dean Myers is an artist when it comes to creating compelling sto
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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