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Columbine by Dave Cullen
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Nov 16, 09

bookshelves: 2009, non-fiction
Read in November, 2009

Wow. This book was fascinating, gripping, and shocking. I think everyone old enough to remember the shooting at Columbine High School can recall the stories immediately told afterward about the killers motives, etc. Now, a decade later, this book recreates the few days leading up to the massacre, the shooting itself, and the aftermath for many of the survivors and the town, overturning a lot of myths that popped up about the event and continued for years. The narrative contains so much attention to detail, describing people, journals, videos, actions, and events. There really was so much evidence left behind, and it's summarized well. All the time and research the author put into writing this book shows.

Though I found this book difficult to put down, it was also difficult to read because of the enormously depressing subject matter. It's hard and sad to think that the events in it are all real, and it leaves you angry that opportunities to potentially stop this were missed and furious with some members of the law enforcement there, as well as angry at the killers' parents for their continued silence and apparent lack of comprehension.

Despite the book's overall heaviness, there are also uplifting parts to be found in some of the survivors' tales: an eagerness to move forward and the continued belief that the majority of people are inherently good. It was a nice contrast to the darker facts that filled most of the pages. The next book I read will definitely have to be a happy, positive one overall to temper the emotions from this book!
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