A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her ch ...more
Now that I have finished reading it, I am very glad to have purchased and read it. The story was not what I was expecting, and the heart break and anguish that Sue Klebold experienced, and was willing to share, makes me want to reach out and hug her. Columbine was a tragedy all around, and th ...more
I haven’t felt this incredibly dissatisfied about a book, in the way I do, like this, in a very long time.
A special thanks to local Goodreads friend - LisaVegan- for being a great support -discussing issues and battles I had - daily - hour by hour at times- with ‘my reckoning’: living with my thoughts and feelings in the aftermath of Sue Klebold’s memoir.
It’s unimaginable the horrific devastating shocking pain - range ...more
I think this audio hit me harder then I expected. It was even more emotional as it is narrated by Sue Klebold. It took her many years to write this book. She knew there would never be a "right" time for it. She knows people blame her and her husband. She blames herself in many ways. What did they miss? Could she have stopped it?
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started list ...more
A MOTHER'S RECKONING is a detailed and graphic account of the carefully planned massacre that occurred at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. It includes information on the recorded basement tape video made by Eric and Dylan as well as documented statements from their diaries and Sue's own journal.
A great deal of this memoir is written from the perspective of what ac...more
- The Book of 2 Samuel 18:33
“Good wombs have borne bad sons.”
- Miranda, in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Act I, Scene 2
“On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold armed themselves with guns and explosives and walked into Columbine High School. They killed twelve students and a teacher, and wounded twenty-four others, before taking their own lives. It was the worst school shooti ...more
I had recently read and when a goodreads member reviewed by Sue Klebold I really wanted to read it to try and understand why a teenager could commit such ...more
"I hadn't even been one of those cool parents who smokes pot with their kids or introduces them to their groovy boyfriends." (119).
So what's she saying here about single moms? Hmm...
From the first chapters, which begin on the day of the shooting, the author focuses specifically on her own image ...more
TW: Suicide, gun violence, gore, the general graphic nature of homicide/suicide
All I can say is wow. I had a set of expectations for this book, and it surpassed even that. I knew it would be dark and haunting, but I think this will have a much more lasting impression on me than I could have ever anticipated. I listened to the audiobook that Sue narrates, and I can't remember the last time I've listened to an audiobook on 1x (regular) speed and absolutely drank in every word. I didn't wa ...more
Sue takes us from, denial to acceptance and then to some kind of comprehension of her life and the part of the tragedy committed by her son.
I think this is someth ...more
Sue and Tom Klebold's son - Dylan Klebold - was one of the Columbine High School shooters. On April 20, 1999 Dylan and his friend Eric Harris brought explosives and guns to school, apparently planning to cause mass carnage by blowing up the building. The bombs failed to go off but the boys did roam the school spraying bullets; they killed 12 students and a teacher, wounded 24 others, and then committed suicide.
Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris roaming the halls of ...more
All I can say is that I feel great sympathy for Sue Klebold and everyone affected by this tragedy. She does a great job of giving readers insight into what it would be l ...more
I have a private counseling office one mile south of Columbine High School. Not a day goes by when I drive by the school that I do ...more
Ms. Klebold is honest and reflective in ways that I cannot imagine. It seems to me that she genuinely only bared her life and soul with the earnest hope that someone can learn from her "mistakes". Much of her story is scarier than Stephen King, but hers is a horror we can learn from and hopefully avoid in our own lives.
I admire the courage, diligence & ...more
I can't believe it's been 17 years (and dozens of mass shootings henceforth) since the horrible events of April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. The havoc wrought at Columbine High School that spring day would become the very essence of parents' nightmares in the US and world-wide. I didn't become a parent until nine years after Columbine, but I'm sure its hoary tendrils have subconsciously wormed their way into my worst fears: how can I possibly keep my kid safe when I send her to school ...more
Before I start this review, let me just say that I have nothing but compassion for Sue Klebold. I can't imagine the pain that she has gone through, and I certainly hope that writing this book brought her ...more
I was most interested in hearing from the p ...more
Update: Upping this to 5 stars because I haven't stopped thinking about it since I put it down.
Who does not remember this day when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students, one teacher, wounded twenty-four others, and then took their own lives?
A Mother’s Reckoning Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy is Sue Klebold’s undertaking to describe what it is like to be the mother of the child who committed this horrible act, to give a portrait of her life, her family, before and after this mass killing.
Sue Klebold had question ...more
Sue shares her journey as a mother to try to come to terms with the incomprehensible. Through this book she hoped to help other families recognize when a child is in ...more
"I thought if this is really happening and he survived, he would go into the criminal justice system and be executed, and I couldn't bear to lose him twice. I gave the hardest prayer I ever made, that he would kill himself, because then at lease I would kno ...more
This book is r ...more
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