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3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  2,431 Ratings  ·  420 Reviews
The groundbreaking and widely praisednovel 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."

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Amistad (first published May 1st 2004)
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Aug 20, 2008 April 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
Keira Francis
Nov 19, 2014 Keira Francis 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
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
Chris Thompson
Jul 15, 2012 Chris Thompson 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
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Brenda Melecio
Nov 09, 2012 Brenda Melecio 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
Sep 28, 2011 ~Tazia 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
Jordan A
Jun 05, 2013 Jordan A rated it it was amazing
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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 Hivan Escutia 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
Aug 21, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: jf-ya
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
Jan 11, 2016 Landon Buchholtz 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
May 07, 2015 Dakota Lenz 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
Apr 05, 2010 Ashley 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.

Amber Cain
Jul 23, 2015 Amber Cain rated it it was amazing
The way this book was written was amazing. The only part I had trouble with was the journal, it gave me a headache.
Claire Jones
Dec 11, 2016 Claire Jones rated it really liked it
This book really made you think how one person can change another person's life so that they want to end their lives. It also makes you think about the kids at school and what they are hiding from everybody. One boy named Leonard gets constantly torn apart by his father and therefore decides to end his life. His friends Carla and Cameron were part of it but didn't know it at the time. Leonard was always the kid that was out there and was considered weird by the other kids. Cameron was out there ...more
So I saw this at my library and was like hmm whatever, it's small, the subject interests me, I'll try it.

I hated this book

Usually an interview in the beginning would be interesting. You know, if it wasn't repeated almost WORD FOR WORD right after. Seriously, why would you think that's a good idea?

This book opens with an interview, Cameron being interviewed, and then after that interview it leaps right into yet another interview with Cameron and a different interviewer. Than it goes to the girl
Jan 11, 2017 Mac rated it really liked it
Shooter by Walter Dean Myers is a realistic fiction story about a couple of kids involved in another's suicide and murder. Their names are Cameron, Len, and Carla. Len is the one that did a school shooting and killed himself. Cameron and Carla are interviewed by different people to find out more about the shooting. Then, you will see newspaper articles about the shooting and some other things about the investigation. Lastly, you see a notebook entry from Len before this all happened.

This book wa
Jeff Kelley
Dec 01, 2016 Jeff Kelley rated it liked it
Walter Dean Myers has an undeniable voice for young adult literature. His prose is easy to follow and intriguing. The style he chooses here is instantly engaging, which is a narrative that shifts between interviews, journal entries, and police reports. With that said, the characters fell flat for me. The progression of character development was cliche (the tortured character is bullied, has an abusive father, etc.) and left for almost no suspense for the reader. As an educator, however, I would ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Lindsay rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-owned-read
Can I give this book 0 stars? This was so boring. I skimmed the last few pages just to get it over with. My husband picked this up, but he never reads so I thought I could read it & then persuade him. But now he'll never read this and I don't blame him. I thought the mixed media aspect would be great, but it was just page after page of pointless, dragged out interviews. It barely touched on the shooting at all. The writing was also not very good. The characters talked in such an odd way and ...more
Jared LaVoie
Oct 31, 2016 Jared LaVoie rated it really liked it
I appreciated this book very much. It starts after the actual shooting takes place, are your goals are to discover what happened and the factors leading up to it. Although it is short, at times it could be a little confusing, inarticulacy the journal at the end. However the book handles as an actual police report, and I liked that. I would recommend this book to people who like, mysteries, and a realistic world read that packs action without being apocalyptic. Thank you for your time.
Bedale Naba
Jan 10, 2017 Bedale Naba rated it it was ok
honestly really hated this book. i didnt like the format and i didnt like the way they told the stories of these kids. it was a hard book for me to get into and i dont really recommend it. it was a boring but, it was an easy read. the book tells the story of a school shooter by the point of his friends and it is just weird ans sickening.
Nov 18, 2016 Chrisf rated it really liked it
think before you act...

The reason i picked Think before you act is because this book there were a lot of scenarios that could've been avoided but were not and if he would of not did bad things he would not be in trouble right now. This book was a page turner because it was suspenseful and had some good parts like when the person brings a 9 ruger to school because he thought he was about to get beat down. The plot was pretty believable and sounded real. The writing style was totally confusing bec
Dec 11, 2016 Brandon rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a way to kill some time this book will do the trick. I rate this book a 4/5 because the diaries that the shooters left off weren't really that interesting in my opinion but for the most part loved it. I'd recommend this for people who have an interest in crime/mystery books.
Nov 24, 2016 Dianna rated it really liked it
Very quick read where a story unfolds during interviews after "the event" happened. Walter Dean Myers uses a unique format to tell a sad but important story.
April Showers
Nov 12, 2016 April Showers rated it really liked it
This was a good book ! I defiantly recommend it. I feel like it could of been faster paced, as I don't like getting hung up on a lot of over detail. But a very good plot with a lesson.
Jan 03, 2017 Quinn rated it really liked it
The book was very suspenseful and interesting.
Gatlin Owen
Nov 03, 2016 Gatlin Owen rated it liked it
I didnt really like this book beacause it was no the way I excpected and it keept switching charicter I also thought it was a confusing book.
Natalynn Masters
Mar 04, 2012 Natalynn Masters rated it liked it
Book Review: Shooter
Sadness, movement and a bit of discomfort. These are the things you feel when reading a realistic book like Shooter. This book by Walter Dean Myers is the telling of a school shooting. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction. I was blown away by how real this book sounds. It takes you to Madison High School and tells the events in a interview format after the fact. The main reasons I like this book were because of the st
Mary Ann
Oct 11, 2016 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
Powerfully executed by Mr. Myers. Parents, students, teachers and counselors would all benefit from reading this insightful rendition of a troubled teen(s) life. We should all be more aware of those around us and how we could ease tensions for all.
Barbara Ann
Read this with/for our mentee - tough story. well written
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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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