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Youth and Other Fictions

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Jack: the lonely boy who hears a voice inside his head.

Jason: the stoic and cynical man who returns home in search of his lost childhood.

Jamie: the pretty goth girl loved and hated by both.

Over the course of ten years, the children of Freedom will watch as their world burns itself to dust and ashes, first over a vicious school rampage and then over something far more insi
ebook, 246 pages
Published (first published September 21st 2011)
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Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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This novel is split into two parts: the “before” and “after.” It’s a very interesting way of dealing with a novel that involves a school shooting—whereas the beginning of the novel shadows that of Jack as he spirals downward, the second portion of the novel jumps ahead 10 years, following Jason, a young man returning to teach English at the very school he attended when the shooting occurred. This allows readers to gain the unique perspectives of both
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Dec 1 2011:

Wow…you know, I sometimes wonder why it is that we’re so often fascinated with killers, and twisted minds, and despicable acts. We are, think about it; we watch the news knowing there’ll be crime in there, we watch the TV shows and documentaries about them, read the crime books. There’s something about the lost sheep that we just can’t resist, isn’t there? Maybe it’s proof of our self-destructive wiring. Anyways…

Reading this novel was a
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
How do I even begin to describe the way that Youth and Other Fictions affected me? In all honesty, I've read books that deal with school shootings before. I know the harsh reality that comes with the discussion of this topic, and how much it hurts to read. I've seen it discussed from all the different perspectives that there can be. Still, no matter how many times I read about this topic, it never gets any easier.

In Youth and Other Fictions we meet a main character who could be any one of our st
Amber Addison
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan wrote Youth and Other Fictions to help him deal with a post Columbine shooting world. Likewise, I think reading it in high school could have really helped me deal with going to school where one of the first major shooting events happened and seemed to set off a ripple effect of all the horrible events to follow. If you're not in your mid to late twenties or early thirties, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. That's okay, you should be glad. In a way, you younger guys almos ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
We've all heard the stories. Students bring guns to school and kill others, often ending by killing themselves. This book looks at the effects of such an event on students and teachers. The first half of the book tells the story of Jack, a outcast who is often bullied. He struggles with how he is treated by others at school. While he wishes for revenge, he is soon faced with the aftermath of someone else taking the ultimate revenge. As Jack tries to deal with what happened, he feels his life spi ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a book that is wholly relevant to our times, when violence of all sorts happen at schools. It seems like every day we hear about a kid being bullied enough to commit suicide, or retaliate against his tormentors in the most horrific manner.
At its core, this story is a psychological analysis of what causes a ten to be the perpetrator of an unthinkable crime. We see plot from two viewpoints: the student’s and the teacher’s. This gives us two very different perspectives and allows us to ful
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Jonathan M. Cook was born in 1982. He received a master's degree in Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing from Eastern Illinois University before becoming a high school English teacher.

In addition to teaching courses in College Composition and Literature, he acts as the faculty advisor for the high school's student newspaper and the Rotary Interact Club.