Not because it isn't suspenseful, enthralling, and hard to put down, but because it gives me insight inI wish I would have never picked up this book.
Not because it isn't suspenseful, enthralling, and hard to put down, but because it gives me insight into a horrible, horrific nightmare I can't imagine anyone enduring. There are some things in this world you just don't want or need to know about. Because people can be so twisted and so evil, yet hide it from everyone around them, which is the scariest part. (No wonder my local library didn't carry it.) But I suppose Colleen Stan's story needed to be told. She went through Hell and came out on the other side. She didn't let this experience destroy her. I applaud her for that strength and courage.
I give it four stars (so far) because I know that in the end, this woman makes it out alive. She is a true survivor. I still can't really understand why she didn't escape when she had the chance (and she had many), but I nod to her endurance, her will to live. I don't know if I could do that. I don't want to know.
Only pick up this book if you are a real lover of true crime, and can stomach reading about the horrors people can dream up and inflict upon others. I can't say this book has taught me anything other than that.
P.S. I'm with the other reviewers: Christine McGuire, this story isn't about you. Not sure why you tried to make it so....more
First of all, if you are found "not guilty" in a court of law, why would one feel the compulsion to write a memoir explaining whyThis book is bizarre.
First of all, if you are found "not guilty" in a court of law, why would one feel the compulsion to write a memoir explaining why you are not guilty, and even more so, how you "would have done it?" It make no sense. It's a confession disguised as something I don't even know how to describe.
I believe they were in love at one point, but that love also brought out the worst in themselves. Most of the book is blame; Nicole blaming him, him blaming her: back-and-forth. It's tedious. But he killed her and Ron Goldman, which is evident in the chapter in which he describes their deaths. The tone, the writing, his attitude -- everything suddenly shifts, and it's palpable. He afterwards goes on to paint a sorrowful picture of how he felt after the incident, but something screams emptiness.
This is a woe-is-me tale of love gone bad. Read it if you into that sort of thing....more
This book was pretty good, although that didn't happen until about half-way through it. The author didn't really find her "stride" until about then. AThis book was pretty good, although that didn't happen until about half-way through it. The author didn't really find her "stride" until about then. And she could have so left out Molly; I'm getting tired of the premise of the elderly person recounting their story to a younger person and it somehow aligns. An author doesn't always need to do that. I guess Kline didn't understand Vivian had a story of her own and didn't need any props.
Good book, but it didn't live up to the hype....more
Okay. I am only 55 pages into this book, but I can't put it down, or praise it enough.
This is one of the most honest, heartfelt, and sincere memoirs IOkay. I am only 55 pages into this book, but I can't put it down, or praise it enough.
This is one of the most honest, heartfelt, and sincere memoirs I've ever read. I'm a bit surprised I haven't cried yet, as Sue Klebold takes you through her journey through the aftermath of Columbine. Although at times it seems she makes a lot of excuses for her son, Dylan, I think she was just trying to convey that he was person, who laughed, was intelligent, inquisitive, and had interests and hobbies. Someone you could love. I also think in her own way, describing the great boy he was is she herself trying to understand how he came to commit such a horrible act. Through her writing it's clear she didn't see what was coming and couldn't prepare for it. I've followed this incident and its aftermath since it happened, and I have read a lot of people's comments about this all being the result of poor parenting. Teenagers -- actually anyone -- can hide behind facades, hide anything, really, although you were the best parent you could be. .
I like this book because it shows a different side of a gruesome murder. Every time there is a mass shooting or a terrorist attack, we shake our heads and mutter, "What a monster." Or, "How evil." But we overlook the fact that these people have mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, etc. And they are all left to pick up the pieces and take the blame. Klebold delicately marries the irrevocable love for her youngest son while explaining the grief, pain, and suffering she's endured, as well as those Dylan victimized and killed. She speaks of a community that both hated and embraced her.
I wish I could just hug this woman. The ink on the pages may have well been written with blood and tears. ...more