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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
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Oct 05, 08

bookshelves: crime, end-of-life, fiction, parenting
Read in May, 2008

God, this book was disturbing. It's written as a series of letters from a woman named Eva to her husband Franklin. The letters are Eva's recollections about her life with Franklin and their son, Kevin, who kills several of his classmates at the age of 16.

Eva describes Kevin as disgruntled and difficult to engage or love from the moment of his birth. I spent the rest of the book overanalyzing every description of her parenting techniques, wondering how much of the evil that Eva perceived in her son was real and how much was inside her head... at least initially. No doubt her bad feelings toward him only reaffirmed his negative personality.

The book really upset me. I would not recommend reading it if you're feeling uncertain about whether or not you'd like to have a child.
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