I am rating this a Four and here is why: I feel this autobiographical account of Elliot Rodger's life is actually important for people to read. Now ho...moreI am rating this a Four and here is why: I feel this autobiographical account of Elliot Rodger's life is actually important for people to read. Now hold your pitchforks, it is important because psychologically Rodger was in a very bad place.
From an early age he was a loner, and while I have no homicidal tendencies, I do feel I can relate to his early life. Except I disappeared into books and imaginary play rather than video games. Cause I'm a child born in the early 80s...we had Ninetendo. Rodger's desperation to fit in with the cool kids feels familiar. I tried to fit in, but by high school, I came to terms with my inability to fit in. Hell people didn't even spell my name right in my yearbook after going to school with me for over seven years. But I don't think that is what went wrong with Rodger.
I think this really needs to be studied. We can't pin this down to this or that as the cause of his mania. This was a whole lot bigger than violent video games, social isolation, and misogyny. This is scary, so scary. Elliot Rodger was a mystery of life.
He was given everything one could possibly be given, in terms of material needs. His family tried to spend time with him. Yet somewhere things got out of hand. He became obsessive. He obsessed over girls/women, he obsessed over his friendships and former acquaintances, and he became jealous...so very jealous. He became angry, very angry.
I have to stop reading this, I am getting so upset. The obsessive jealous and pure hatred he spews through his writing is just mind boggling.
But this NEEDS to be studied by psychologists. Professionals need to incorporate this as an example when teaching students of psychology. We CANNOT let something like this happen again. We need to understand the real cause.
While I am sure there are people who believe he doesn't deserve the attention media is giving this event and that this glorifies violence, I believe we have to prevent this from happening again. We can say all day he was just crazy, that is so much of a blanket statement guys. But I don't think he is the only person that has these thoughts. I feel so scared to think someone out there, man/woman/child, is on their way to becoming Elliot Rodger.
It scares the shit out of me. Especially the Epilogue, I have never cried reading a sad book or even when Dumbledore died, but I cried when I read the Epilogue of this, I wanted to understand why, but I just could not understand why he was filled with so much hate. I don't think he even understood. I honestly think this guy had no idea. And that is why we need to prevent this happening again.(less)
The synopsis is a little misleading. This book didn't shed any new light on Maxon. To me it felt rather uneventful and repetitious. This just retold t...moreThe synopsis is a little misleading. This book didn't shed any new light on Maxon. To me it felt rather uneventful and repetitious. This just retold the events at the beginning of The Selection from Maxon's point of view.(less)
On page 207 it talks about my grandfather and inaccurately gives his mother's maiden name as his WIFE's maiden name along with mispelling her first na...moreOn page 207 it talks about my grandfather and inaccurately gives his mother's maiden name as his WIFE's maiden name along with mispelling her first name. That unfortunately makes me suspect other information found in the text.(less)