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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  2,140 ratings  ·  365 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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April
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
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Keira Francis
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
Anthony
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Dakota Lenz
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
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Hivan Escutia
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
~Tazia
SHOOTER
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
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Christine
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
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Jordan A
Jun 05, 2013 Jordan A rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Moksh
Recommended to Jordan by: Barbara Bradford
Shooter
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
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Chris Thompson
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
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
The way this book was written was amazing. The only part I had trouble with was the journal, it gave me a headache.
Ashley
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.

Victoria Waddle
Myers does his usual good job with a tough topic. The book opens as an investigation of a school shooting ‘last April.’ Various adults (psychologist, police personnel) interview the two best friends of the shooter, Leonard Gray, to see whether they are connected to the ‘incident’ and to try to find out where all responsibility lies, including that of the school.

Through the interviews, the reader gets into the minds of Cameron and Carla, both of whom are reserved about their victimization by bull
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Abel Villarreal
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
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Brit Wilson
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
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
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Nicole Modugno
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
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Angelique Wilkes
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
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Kirsten
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
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)
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Jessica Welch
Hmmm hmm hmm hmmm... What did I think of Shooter. Well it wasn't what I expected. I have read a Walter Dean Myers book before, "The Beast" and the main character was black in that book as well. One thing that I thought was so interesting is how passive he made his main character in this book. I think many young adults could learn a lot from this book. Not just the fact that you should choose your friends wisely but also, don't just go along with the crowd. Speak up for yourself and don't let peo ...more
Brian Forbes
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
Alexandra Holt
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
Matt Strout
I thought Shooter by Walter Dean Myers was a really good book. I think I read it at the right time too because I have been seeing all over the news about school shootings but I have never learned about what happens after the shooting. This book covered that. I liked how it started out with Cameron in the psych office and he was talking about his struggles with life and the struggles that Len. The book had some adult talk that at sometimes I didn't understand at first like when they were talking ...more
Tiauna Holley
This is a contemporary realistic book. The awards this book has are the American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Atlanta Journal & Constitution Kids’ Corner Pick of the Lists, New York Book Show in the Young Adult Fiction Children’s Trade Hardcover One-Color Category, and 1st Place New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. It is about a young teen male who goes to Madison high school. The shooting is later stated as being self-inflected or a suicide. I ...more
Ashley
I read this book because it was a required book for my Young Adult Literature class, and I am so glad I did. This was the first Walter Dean Myers book I have ever read and I cannot wait to read more. This book was fantastic. I loved that it was based off of the events of Colombine. There were parts in this book that were hard for me but over all great book. I cannot wait to teach this book.

I would reccommend this book to 13 and up. This book is great. There is some violence in it and there are
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Caden
In the book, Shooter, by Walter Dean Myers, the main characters are Cameron, Len, and Carla. Len and Cameron are best friends. Len and Carla are dating. Len starts acting very odd and dark and even mentally unstable. He decides to go to his school and write “Stop the violence’ in his own blood, and shoot his enemy, a school jock, and finally shoot himself. I gave this book the rating I did because there was nothing special that stands out to me as far as characters, backstories, etc. Although t ...more
Catelynn Hodges
If you like books that are intense and share a real life take on a homicidal teenager, this is the book for you! For me, I HATED THIS BOOK!!! Not only did the book make you hate all the characters, it made you look at guns in a completely different view. No, this book is not about guns entirely, it is about a boy who uses guys in the wrong ways to make his point. If I could take back the time I spent reading this book, I would. Do I think I would pass this book on? Definitely not. Would I read i ...more
Whitney Summers
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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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