No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine
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No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine

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On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death twelve students and one teacher, and wounded many others. It was the worst single act of murder at a school in U.S. history. Few people knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris better than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold were be...more
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Published October 1st 2002 by Lantern Books,US
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Therese
First of all, I would like to say that "Columbine" by Dave Cullen, is absolute shit. He wrote the book on assumptions, he himself, had made. It's not an informative book, it's a fictional book on his assumptions and thoughts.

If you want to know about what really happened at Columbine, and get in insight in why they did what they did; this is the book you should read. Who knows more about the topic, than the guy who actually knew the boys, and were there that day?

This book focuses on how the boys...more
Brian
This was a hard book to read. It wasn't boring or poorly written, but the subject matter was rather tough to read. Brooks Brown grew up with Dylan Klebold. He was also friends with Eric Harris. Their actions on April 20, 1999 affected Brooks' life. He was outside Columbine High School when Eric Harris pulled up. Eric told him to go home. As Brooks was walking he heard the gunfire.

Brooks tells what happened starting with his lone time friendship with Dylan. He discusses the bullying that went on...more
dara
If I had read this when it was released, I might have given it three stars, but the material here has recently been covered in Dave Cullen's Columbine, which was better written and covered the tragedy more in depth. However, I can see the necessity of such a book to help clear Brown's name, which the sheriff department tarnished.

This book might be more accessible to teenagers who might relate to the angst of being an outcast. Personally, because of mixed reports, I still wonder exactly how bad...more
Donna Marie
I don’t think you know that most of the facts that Dave Cullen Columbine wrote have been proven false. One fact that Cullen used that Eric suddenly became a Casanova. Not true Eric would maybe go one or two dates .There was no girlfriend Brenda she made it all up. She was a serial killer groupie. More than one person has told how badly Dylan and Eric were bullied. After reading Brooke Brown’s Book No Easy Answer. Then checking for myself other student’s interview on how these two were treated. I...more
♥ Marlene♥
on Friday, July 11, 2008 I wrote about this book:

Finished this 2 days ago. On July 9.
When I started reading this book it felt like I was under a spell or something. Since then I have looked up all kind of info about the shooting, the shooters and the victims.

Downloaded the Columbine Report (11.000) pages.

Very interesting book

10 out of 10
Amanda
So I don't know if this book suffered unnecessarily because I read it right after Dave Cullen's or if I would have disliked it either way, but regardless I did. Dislike it I mean.

I didn't hate it. In fact I'd go so far as to say I'd recommend it, if only for the the indepth discussion of Dylan Klebold (who was kind of typecast as the depressed loser sidekick in Cullen's book IMHO). But Brooks' (and Merrit's - did he have much to do with this?) tone was grating. At several points in the book he d...more
Lori
Brooks Brown is angry. And who can blame him? He already took his share of shit at school, along with his friends. Then two of them, including his best friend from childhood, walked into Columbine one day and became notorious mass murderers. Just before Eric Harris entered the Columbine cafeteria armed to the teeth and ready to commit random slaughter he ran into Brooks Brown. "Brooks, I like you now. Get out of here. Go home." For some reason Harris decided to warn Brown off -- albeit in an obl...more
John Woods
I read this right after Dave Cullen's Columbine. I loved it. Brooks reminds me of myself in high school, for one thing. For another, he really helped me to understand a little better the psychology of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and as a result, perhaps a bit about the psychology of Seung Cho. It was also interesting to hear the perspective of a kid who was targeted by incompetent politicians looking to deflect anger away from themselves.

The book was also interesting in light of Cullen's book...more
Tiffany
I've always wondered why people do the things they do. I can remember watching a lot of this on tv when the Columbine shootings happened and I always wondered why someone would ever do something like this. This book gives some insight as to maybe why they did it. The person that wrote this book was friends with both of the shooters. It tells a lot of things that I never saw in the news (or maybe can't remember). It does have some swearing but it was an interesting read.
Pamela
This book is AMAZING. Wish there were 2 more stars to add to the 5 star count. Just simply couldn't put this book down- I read it in one sitting. I'm not too crazy about memoirs, but this one has a REAL message for anyone who works with kids.
I'm going to share the beginning of Chapter 22 with my students and start a discussion about what it means to lose hope and how to regain it. Maybe, with that, I can prevent anything like that from happening at my school.
Washu
I read this book when I went to a book club based on True Crime. I was annoyed they chose a book about School Shooters then I was swayed when they chose a great writer who had many things to say about the tragic event. Brooks Brown kept a blog at 1Up that I used to read during free periods between classes in college. A few times, he mentioned the massacre but he captured my interests when he wrote some amusing antidotes on parents and video games. Something I know too well about.

His account of w...more
Katherine
I read No Easy Answers: the Truth behind Death at Columbine, written by Brooks Brown Rob Merritt, for my summer reading assignment. It is written from Brooks Brown’s point of view on the Columbine massacre. The book is the story of Brooks Brown who is accused of being one of the Columbine murderers simply because he was friends with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The reason I chose this book was because many of my friends read it and they really enjoyed it and, after reading it, I did too. What...more
Beth Bedee
This book offers yet another telling and evaluation of the shootings at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. I read this on the tail of David Cullen's, Columbine, which I preferred. I liked Cullen's take for 2 reasons: a. He is an impartial 3rd party. I felt that sometimes Brooks Brown was a little too involved and connected to tell a story. And b. Cullen's book came out in 2009, which gave it a little more perspective due to the passage of time.

Some facts in the two books are very similar,...more
Alli
Brooks Brown, the best friend of Dylan Klebold one of the Columbine shooters gives a gut wrenching view of the shooting through his eyes. I read this my freshmen year of High School and along with another student incorporated excerpts into a play we wrote for the senior class. Brooks Brown tells this story in a down to Earth fashion that is easy to read and understand through a teenagers eyes (He was also gracious enough to help consult on the play I co-wrote and was just as pleasant on the phon...more
Nikki
I liked this book better than Dave Cullen's Columbine. Unlike with that book, this book doesn't imply it has the answers. In fact, it implies the opposite, plus the authors are upfront about the fact that this book is based on perspective. Unlike Dave Cullen's book, this isn't just a summary of news articles.

More than anything this book is about a family's plight to find the truth and to be heard. This book doesn't claim to be the end all, be all book about Columbine or the killers. It's about d...more
Ally Carpenter
I cannot emphasize enough how much meaning the title of this book alone carries. For once, we finally receive a TRUTHFUL and down-to-earth account of what really happened at Columbine High School, most importantly following the before and after. White Dave Cullen's Columbine is riddled with lies and false portrayals of the killers, Brooks Brown and his family haven't just been "researching" Columbine and its causes, but have lived it. In all the research I've done on the Columbine massacre, I ca...more
Laurie
This was a good counterpoint to Cullen's book on Columbine. Cullen creates a bit of a smoke and mirrors act in an attempt to deflect blame away from the school culture as a contributing factor in the tragedy. Brooks Brown was there, he was a student, he should know what he saw and he seems to be a credible witness. I do think that Eric and Dylan were also bullies themselves. Even the incidents Brown points out, like Eric throwing ice into his windshield demonstrates the bullying, though I'm not...more
Megan
I'm from Littleton and was in lockdown at a nearby middle school when the horrors of Columbine were unfolding in 1999. It wasn't until the shooting at my own school (SPU) in early June 2014 that I began to even start approaching this - as in, come out of denial that I wasn't living in a world where such a thing as Columbine could possibly happen (yes, I'm aware there have been "worse" shootings since). I appreciate Brooks' candor and unique voice and found much of what he said about the desperat...more
Ida Yulia
FINISHED!

This book is definitely my first English book which I bought directly from Periplus to support my writing about bullying and gun-shooting at a high school. I think it fits my further story and hopefully it will help a lot soon after I revised the story with enough facts supported. Just like Mark Twain ever said, "Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense."

Overall this book helps me to broaden my knowledge about what happened back then in April 20, 1999, Columbine...more
Skylar
To start off I'm going to write why I read this book.
1-I am a high school student in CO
2-My friend was in a play about CHS
3-I have friends who go to CHS
4-I understand the feelings of not belonging.

Brooks Brown had a side of this tragic story that for a long time nobody wanted to hear. It killed me knowing that he was called a murder, when really he was saved my Eric before the shoot out, really everything he had to say.

Everyone who is, or was, or has ever set foot in a high school. Anyone wh...more
Jessie
I enjoyed this book. I figure, with the author being a friend of both Erik and Dillan, it was the closest we were going to get to the "boys" point of view. I'm in no way defending the acts of the shooters, but it's always intersting to get as many different opinions to something like this as you can.
Linda
Dreadful story elegantly told. I'll admit to a certain bias in evaluating this book since my son is the co-author. Photos of the victims and the perpetrators are included. How does bullying escalate into such a heinous crime? Excellent springboard for discussion.
Heather
When the author mentioned "My juggalos" in the forward, I didn't think this was going to be a very good book, but I found that it's very insightful and honest. I ended up really, really liking it.
Julie
Brooks Brown is very intelligent and bright. Lots of good insight in this book. I have always felt a profound sadness for the victims but also for Dylan and Eric, tragic all the way around.
Craig Allen
3.5 stars--very interesting look at the Columbine massacre from Brooks Brown, who had the unique perspective of being part of the day's events as well as being a friend of the killers. Known primarily as the friend of the shooters that was told to leave right as all hell broke loose, Brown tells about being scared as well as the guilt of the carnage his friends took out on the Columbine class of 1999. The book shows before, during, as well as the aftermath. Quick, enjoyable read. It's not even c...more
Bailey
Hard to read because you know it's true.. Great book though.
David Ward
No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine by Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt (Lantern Books 2002) (371.782) is a poorly written and poorly edited addition to the library of Columbine material. As was clearly evident from the book, Brooks Brown may have known the Columbine killers better than anyone, but he obviously didn't know them at all. His voice adds nothing to the body of knowledge that already exists. The only new item of interest was the photo from the yearbook of the shooters wi...more
Mary Lynn
I am writing a book about struggling and coming to terms with having bipolar disorder. I plan on showing the parallels with school shooters and struggling with bipolar disorder to bring an awarness in what it takes to stop this shootings long before the killers start planning. I bought this as part of my research and found it incredibly biased. However, it is a first-hand account you won't get any where else. Honestly, I agree with a lot of his opinions and approach. Regardless- you can tell wha...more
Ashley
A really really interesting and great read about the Columbine Massacre that is out of the ordinary from what you may have seen and heard on any other documentary or book about Columbine. Brooks Brown was best friends with Dylan growing up- their parents were extremely close as well. Through Dylan, Brooks becomes both a friend and enemy of Eric. Through the eyes of someone who knew both the shooters, you realize things you had not really before heard about the shooting. Brooks reported Eric and...more
Claudia Lamoureux
I choose to read, No Easy Answers, because I am really into nonfiction writing. I also knew about the columbine shooting beforehand and thought it would be an interesting read. I was specifically curious about what motivated the two teens to do such a disturbing thing.

What I enjoyed best about this novel, is that it really got into the minds of Dylan and Eric. It made is easier to understand what events could lead them to cause such a horrifying event. It discussed how they were bullied ever sin...more
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