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Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland
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Apr 09, 2011

really liked it

Hey Nostradamus opens with a high-school shooting spree much like Columbine and then explores the shooting's impact on the lives of those people directly and indirectly involved. The book is written in sections from four different perspectives. First, Cheryl, a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed that day, tells her tale, then her high school sweetheart, Jason, whose perspective comes 11 years after the shooting and is written on scraps of paper, addressing his twin 'nephews'. We then hear from Jason's girlfriend, Heather, and finally from the inflexible father with whom Jason never had an easy relationship.

I happend to have stumbled across this book on an endcap at my local library and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Douglas Copeland's writing style grabbed me from the start. After finishing Hey Nostradamus, I immediately requested and read his novel, The Gum Thief which, while good, wasn't nearly as compelling as this

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