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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,070 ratings  ·  501 reviews
The groundbreaking and widely praised novel about a school shooting, from the acclaimed author of Monster. Multiple narratives, a personal journal, and newspaper and police reports add perspective and pull readers into the story.

"Questions of guilt and innocence drive the plot and stay with the reader," said Hazel Rochman in a starred Booklist review. "Highly readable."

Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Amistad (first published May 1st 2004)
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Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, school
I honestly don't know how Walter Dean Myers does it. How can he be such a genius? It's unfathomable.

This is the story of a teenager who is often bullied by classmates who eventually loses it and opens fire in his school, killing his arch-enemy and himself. The book opens after the fact.

I liked the format of using police reports and various interview transcripts for the main text; it's a realistic device that adds to the clinical, almost sterile accounts of "the incident." It also kind of makes t
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I like this book but I didn't like the characters because it's just was so depressing for me and the reality is that this kind of situations happened

I been studying in America for 2 years, I was afraid to go to school after see the school shooting that happened in Florida because that's never happened in Mexico where my other school was. But the reason I didn't give the book 5 starts is because I didn't felt like this book really help me it just made me feel more sad.

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Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Disturbing and powerful, this short book evoked a myriad of real emotions from me as I read. This is a dark story written in mixed media format about the aftermath of a school shooting. It delves into this tragedy from perspectives I haven’t seen in literature. I was riveted to every page.

Trigger warnings for gun violence, domestic violence, bullying, sexual abuse, depression and suicide. This is a VERY dark psychological story so beware and be warned.
Camden Johnson
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
School shootings are a common occurrence now-a-days. It's common for us to go on Twitter and see that a new shooting has occurred. With this, I am interested in what makes a killer a killer so when I saw this at the library I picked it up. I love books that stray away from the common way a book should be portrayed. This book was written in the style of an interview and at the end it showed newspaper articles, the diary of the shooter, and the medical examiner report. I enjoyed this book and bree ...more
Keira Francis
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
At Madison High School, if you don't fit in, you're an "outsider." And outsiders stick together. That's exactly what Cameron, Leonard, and Carla did. They were very close friends and could never stay mad at each other too long, no matter what they did to deserve the hate. Cameron and Leonard are bullied, left out, and don't feel like they belong anywhere. They feel like there is no light at the end of their tunnel, and they feel that if they can't see a light now, why keep searching? One of the ...more
Apr 06, 2019 added it
Shooter by Walter Dean Myers is a very detailed oriented book because of its revolution around these interviews that occur in the book. Overall I did like the book because it gives you a view into police interrogations. My biggest problem with the book is that a lot of the chapters are very similar up until the very end of the chapters.
I feel like this book is very repetitive because there are three main characters that experienced nearly the exact same thing from a slightly different perspecti
Chris Thompson
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Walter Dean Myers' Shooter is a multigenre work that takes a look at a fictional school shooting and events leading up to it. We don't actually witness the shooting happen, but learn about it after the fact from interviews, police reports, and a diary. School shootings has been a topic of film and novels ever since the horrible Columbine shootings of 1999, and school violence has become an increasingly greater problem ever since. It's no surprise that people are drawn to these kinds of stories, ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a horrible book by Walter Dean Myres and a disappointment to his name and legacy. TO be honest this book was very confusing and all over the place. One minute you're in an interview and the next your in a Final report or a diary. I was so confused that I barely could understand the purpose of this book and what message it was supposed to give. I was shocked to see that people liked this book when it is a dismay to Mr. Myers work. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, but hey try it ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel is a collection of police interviews, diary entries, and police reports after a high school shooting. I enjoyed this non-traditional format and found it to be a compelling and interesting look into the minds of some students who are "outside" and don't fit in, those outside who "do something that shuts the door so people know you don't want to come back in." ...more
Savannah Smith
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I choose this book because I have read school shooting books before and they were interesting. I expected to enjoy the book. The book did meet my expectations. The book is about 2 kids and their lives and why they shot up the school. People should read this book as it is very interesting because it is from different point of views.
Not Quite

I love Walter Dean Myers but this book just isn’t up to par with others he’s written. The horrific events he writes about just are muted in this young adult book. It needed to be shocking and more powerful but I’m not sure young adult books are ready for it. Young adult readers need a bit hard hitting in the book department.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
it was alright but was intense in some spots and did get old over time
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked the way the book was set up and made the reader hear the story through on of the main characters.
Patrick Freeman
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are a walter dean meyers fan you will love this book. The way in which he writes this is incredible. A somewhat controversial theme (school shooting) This book puts the reader in the mind of a troubled high school student. I personally enjoyed this book, but one critique to this book would be the way in which he fully developed the non main characters.
Mar 14, 2019 added it
Name: Beyersdorf Carson

Book title: Shooter

Personal Response: I personally liked this book because it was a good read. It wasn't too hard to understand.

Book Summary: Cameron and Clara are being investigated by an organization to figure out why Madison High got shot up. Their friend Len is the school shooter, so they decided to investigate their friends to see why he did it. We come to figure out that they went to the woods and shot orange sacks full of turtles (Found out later after shooting thre
Sherreka Burton
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This was my first Myers book. While I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters, I can tell, Myers can write. I need to read something else by him.
Collin baehnman
Personal Response:
The book Shooter is a really eye-opening book, because it shows you what you say can really affect a person's life. Cameron is one of the characters that I could personally relate to on some of the things he did.
Plot summary:
Shooter takes place in Madison High School, and around the school. Len is a 17 year old guy who goes the school and gets bullied because he's a bit different on what he does and how he sees things. Cameron,who is one of the only black kids, is good at bask
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Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hard To Forget About Someone Once Their Gone
“At first, right after the incident, I didn’t. And I don’t think I admire him now. But the more I think about him, the more I talk about him, the more I understand him. And when you understand somebody that changes your relationship with them. I don’t know if you can get next to that, but that’s the way it goes. At least for me. Sometimes I think I don’t want to understand Len, because I don’t want to like him, or admire him. But I think you
Brenda Melecio
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I actually did like everything in this book because it was really interesting and a lot of unespected things happend in this story. one of the unique things that happend in this book is that they are telling the story in a report about there friendship with Leonard. some of the things that i like about these story are that it had a lot of interesting things and they didnt repeat the same things over again. also another thing why i like these atory is because it talk about someone that was alread ...more
Jordan A
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Moksh
Recommended to Jordan by: Barbara Bradford
Walter Dean Myers
4 star review
The book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers was very interestingly written. It was written in dialogue as the book was about a boy who was interview about a shooting in a school. Throughout the book, the boy, Cameron had been interview about what happened the day many students lost their lives on one sad day because of a psychotic victim of bullying called Leo.
I enjoyed this book a lot because the author’s writing style was so unique as the book was written in an i
Hivan Escutia
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shooter written by Walter Dean Myers. Published in 2004. This book is non-fiction. The main character is Cameron Porter. Another important character is Len Evans. A third important character is Carla Evans, she's Len's sister. This book is about 3 kids who are in a school group. Len Evans is the brother of Carla. Cameron is Len's best friend. Len is accused of killing someone. So Cameron and Carla get interviewed to ask questions about Len's life. Sometimes the questions get too personal, some a ...more
Gabby Morgan
Shooter was an interesting read, but disturbing at the same time. It scared me how realistic what happened in the book was. Cameron never saw what Leonard was going to do coming, and that was something that really freaked me out. So often kids get lost in the system and they either turn out alright, or something goes terribly wrong, like in this case.

I chose this book because it was a required read for my class and probably would not have read it to be perfectly honest. I rarely pick a book whe
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: jf-ya, cchs-library
I feel guilty giving this three stars. I am judging this against WDM's other books and not the YA world as a whole. It would probably be 4 stars if I hadn't already read Monster and Autobiography of My Dead Brother.
The story is told mostly as a set of investigative interviews into a shooting perpetrated by Len.
I found it dry in parts but the ending redeemed it. The journal of Len was brilliant writing. The word play had me laughing despite how seriously disturbed it was. I just had a hard time g
Landon Buchholtz
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Personal Response: I thought is was a good book. The book is very complicated and written in journals and interviews of a shooting at a school. I like what the author did by writing it like this. It's like you're in the investigation yourself. It's fun cause you never know what's waiting around the corner.

Plot Summary: It's about three troubled teenagers that end up in a school shooting. Its written in the journal of a troubled teen. Leonard is the leader of the group with his friends and introd
Dakota Lenz
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Cameron and his two friends, Carla and Len. They were involved in a school shooting, and Len was the leader. On April 28 Carla and Cameron went to school early thinking they were going to spray paint, the walls with Len, but, when they got there Len had two guns. Carla and Cameron took off running, and Len started shooting at them. The FBI then shows up and finds all 3 are found, Len is dead, and now they are talking about their story, and how it happened.

I would
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
What can I say........I can't believe some books are published and they become popular. I think many kids today read these books because they don't like to read.
The book is written as an interview and diary entry-which hinders character-development. This story just re-tells the sterotypical school shooting story in three different contexts. Not good. It almost glorifys the nerd teaching the jock a lesson.
On the positive, it explores the cliques and social structure of the adolence.

Almaty International
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shooter by Walter Dean Myers is really good book. He was born in 1973 and dies in 2014. Dean Myers was really famous writing for young adults. He has a lot of experience in writing because he wrote over 100 books during his life. This is one of his best books that Walter Dean Myers wrote during his career.
In the book Shooter, main character Cameron was really bullied during the school. When Cameron had enough of the bullying he decides to kill his bullies. This book is based on a true event tha
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The rats titter and squeak” from the book Shooter, is written by Leonard Gray in his diary found in his bedside table. The book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers is a mystery and fictional book about real topics. When I first started reading this I was pleasantly surprised. I was hooked with the first sentence. I would rate this book a four out of five stars. The plot was great, and the book talks about school violence, and how Leonard Gray chose to do it. The only criticism I have for the book, is ...more
Evan Lindsey
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shooter, by Walter Dean Myers, is a novel of fiction that is inspired by a real life shooting. While shooter is fiction, with transcripts of interviews newspaper clippings, autopsy reports and diary excerpts, the book appears to document a real life event. Shooter starts off with Carmen Porter being interviewed. A 17 year-old African American at Madison High School at a largely white school, where he is labeled an outcast. During the first pages of the interview you figure out he was close frien ...more
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi

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