Jeff Kass was one of the first reporters on the scene on April 20th, 1999 to cover the news of the Columbine High School shootings and spent the folloJeff Kass was one of the first reporters on the scene on April 20th, 1999 to cover the news of the Columbine High School shootings and spent the following years doing research for this book. The result is a comprehensive, if somewhat biased account of the day of the shootings and its aftermath.
For the most part, it’s a fairly good addition to other Columbine related books but it lost direction every time the author strayed from the main point to irrelevant facts like Colorado background history or the Klebold’s family tree (pretty intrusive move on his part, in my opinion). It could do with good edition work and grammar rectification.
He spends too much time analyzing the killers, and not enough on the victims, so this reads more like a psychological autopsy. There are many more examples of their writings, drawings, videotape’s transcripts, and full school essays so revealing one has to wonder how it is possible people missed the warning signs. I’m sure no one could’ve predicted a school shooting, but looking at this they could have at least recognized something was wrong.
One also has to wonder: wasn’t there one single moment of doubt in their one year in the making attack plan?
Jeff Kass’s take on the whole investigation is different but interesting to read. It can also be very disturbing and the “Day One” chapter is particularly graphic because it recounts the shootings much like a police report.
Geography was never one of my favorite subjects in school, mostly because I didn’t like the teacher, but this premise made me look into it from a diffGeography was never one of my favorite subjects in school, mostly because I didn’t like the teacher, but this premise made me look into it from a different perspective which is, if you like the person who’s telling you about it, especially if it’s sprinkled with a little bit of romance, you’ll probably like it a lot more. And I did like the story. It didn’t wow me or swept me off my feet to different corners of the world like our characters but it entertained me and put a smile on my face.
The first part of the book worked much better than the second. The long distance thing was romantic but put a damper on the main characters storyline. It was interesting to see them pull apart from each other and send cute postcards and occasionally meet. It’s not that I find it unrealistic... (although it is odd that they managed to keep in touch for as long as they did. That might be stretching it a bit too far for a guy you just met. And I suppose if it had been me stuck in an elevator I’d be more concerned about freaking out than actually talking to the guy. But if he would have had the presence of mind to talk me out of a panic attack, sure, I believe that could’ve happened). Either way, I just wanted more out of these characters than their short lived interactions. The way I see it, the author got almost everything right, from family dynamics to character development except for that detail. I still really like the writing, so I want to read more of her books....more