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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,794 ratings  ·  270 reviews
The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin


A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys' washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they've heard over the years. Stuck here with them--could anything be worse?
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Razorbill
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Katelynn
May 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh, own
You can't pitch this as being The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin and then have absolutely none of the depth of either. To quote The Wire's Omar Little: "You come at the king, you best not miss." And Shooter, you missed. By a long shot.

The Breakfast Club worked because it was a group of teens - a representative of each high school stereotype, which was 100% borrowed/ripped off here - in a completely stagnant setting. They had nothing else to do besides pass the day. Their only
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Richard Cardenas
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 STARS!!

This was such a fast paced read I got through it in two days and for me that's a win. This book also takes place in one single hour so that was interesting to read about. I don't think I've ever read anything like that before. I liked how all of the characters POVs were noticeable and diverse from each other because sometimes it's hard to tell whos talking in a lot of YA books that are told from various POVs. This is an intense and eye-opening read as well and has a thriller aspect to i
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Sarah Joint
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much more about the lives of five very different high school students than a school shooting. A modern day Breakfast Club, complete with the princess, the nerd, the weirdo, and the jock. Most of these people don't spent any time together or even notice each other at all. Locked in a room with no way out, is it possible that they could gain some kind of understanding about each other?

Alice is the shy and nerdy writer. She spends a lot of time worrying after her autistic brother, Noah. When every
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Karen Upper
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this all in one sitting.....and never came up for air until I reached the last page!
I found this book to be a brilliant read!!!!!

Four teens held hostage in more ways then one. An unexpected outcome.

This is a sensitive, gripping portrayal of all the characters involved and how connections were made between them.

The author has taken a subject matter that is in much of today's media and is one that always has listeners holding a collective breathe until the final outcome....this is somethin
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joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Shooter is a solid Canadian-Lit that features a multi-POV (5) narration using prose, verse, cellular text, and images.

Between this and the other YA school shooting book I read this year, This Is Where It Ends, I found Shooter to feel more organic, nuanced, and less "cinematic" (even if Marvel's X-Men is the inspiration for some character frameworks). While it has its faults in convenient plotting and a limited scope per the villain's voice, Shooter does well to champion the acknowledgement of p
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Danielle_Luvs_Books
There should be a warning on the cover of this book: "DO NOT start reading this book at Midnight!"

I decided to start this book at midnight a chapter or two before going to sleep, the next thing I knew it was 3:30am I'm 3/4 of the way through the book and my alarm was going of in 2.5 hours! If I didn't have to work in a few hours I would of stayed up the rest of the night to finish this book.

I have not picked up a book in a VERY long time that I've wanted to stay up all night to read.
Shruthi
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Do you ever read a book and just wonder why you wasted 2 hours of your life?

First off, this book was stupid. Just plain stupid. There is so much suspension of reality that needs to be done to even get past the first chapter.

Secondly, the characters were all shitty and vapid and caricatures of high school stereotypes. The Princess. The Nerd. The Outcast. The Rebel/Jock. And an autistic kid to claim diversity. I honestly believe the author was never a teenager. She went straight from child to adul
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Briana Salazar
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of horror/suspenseful books and movies and if you are interested in that kind of stuff, you should definitely read Shooter by Caroline Pignat. She definitely will make you be on the edge of your seat while reading this book. This book is amazing because 1) it has various parts of suspense and 2) all the characters have different stories but they realize they are connected in a very similar way. Alice, Noah, Hogan, Isabelle, and Xander are five characters you will not forget durin ...more
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Tara
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Aurora Dimitre
I had such a nice big review typed out for this and then I was dumb and x'ed out.

So, anyway.

I really, really wanted to like this book. School shooting is one of my bookish buzzwords, and I'm always interested in what an author has to bring to the table, because this is a phenomenon, largely American (note to everyone: author is Canadian), that just keeps happening, and these are stories that are interesting to tell and to hear, and are important to tell and to hear.

That being said, this book co
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Jenny
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trigger warnings: school shooting, violence, mentions of death, agression against an autistic character

4 ⭐️

This is a story about stereotypical teens: the queen bee, the dangerous guy nobody wants to cross, the loner, the invisible girl and the high needs boy who can become violent at a moment's notice. Except they aren't exactly stereotypes: the queen bee has to work harder than anyone else to keep up with expectations, the dangerous guy constantly hears the voice of his dead brother bullying hi
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Cat
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book did remind me of Breakfast Club, but it was a fast read about a timely subject that I am sure YA's an new adults will want to read. Sadly, too many of them have encountered this situation. I think it's a different take on these school shooting books I've read. The most memorable one was Hate List by Jennifer Brown- excellent, gripping read. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp was also a compelling read. But this one suits just fine. It is well written with a view point many YA's m ...more
Lee
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3 1/2. This is hailed as “The Breakfast Club” meets “We need to talk about Kevin” so I was intrigued to read it. And it’s pretty good!
Imagine a school lockdown with these five people trapped together in the boys’ toilets: friendless Alice, a writer; her older brother Noah who is non-verbal Autistic; school council president and straight A-achieving beauty Isabelle; enormous ex-footballer Hogan (named after the wrestler Hulk) whose brother’s death has left him broken and photograph
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Kristina Lenarczyk
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, own-read
I didn’t like any of the characters, they were typical and flat, and were dealing with generic senior year problems. I feel like the author just thought of the four most generic types of high school students, and picked one from each group to build her cast: the popular one, the loner, the nerd, and the bad boy. Oh, and then added an autistic brother to make it more diverse.

The plot was just as flat as the characters were, with the big reveal, being nothing special. All of the dramatic stuff ha
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Kyra M
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once you start this book it's very hard to stop. Every 2 pages gives you some critical information that just keeps you wanting more.
All of the characters are very unique and I love how when it's each other's chapter you can really see their separate emotions and the writing changed to suit them as well.
I will never think of x-men the same again.
A good description of what a lock down would be in their scenario.
Also don't judge people by their appearance because you might be very wrong about yo
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Dayla
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this and couldn't put it down (except for when I had to go to work, but you know, those pesky bills must be paid, so.)

I enjoyed the multiple POVs and the interesting Breakfast Club theme that Pignat had going on. It's definitely an intriguing way of writing about a school lockdown. I liked how everything kind of fit together.

While I wanted to slap some of the characters for their insensitive remarks, it also rang very true that those who don't understand fear the
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Tori
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm.

This is a book about a school shooting set in Canada. I actually didn't realise until I was well into the book when they said "grade ten" (as opposed to "tenth grade" the way Americans do).

I'm really not sure how I feel about the setting. I know that school shootings happen in Canada, but they happen at such an infrequent degree, it almost doesn't feel like our story to tell. On top of that, the subject matter could have been handled with a lot more sensitivity in general.

My other main pr
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Avery
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was FANTASTIC
Sometimes I find that in books with alternating perspectives, you forget halfway through who is narrating. That's not the case with this book at all. It almost seems like each perspective was written by a different author, thanks to the vast difference in narration styles between the characters. Pignat was great in establishing a specific voice for each character and maintaining that throughout the novel in relation to the character's personal development.
The characters al
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Alyssa Collins
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book out of curiosity. I read “This is Where it Ends” last year and I wanted to compare the stories because they seemed to have a very similar plot line. Honestly, I didn’t have very high expectations of the book. I was wrong, I ended up really liking this story and not being able to put the book down. The story goes into the lives of the kids involved in the school shooting instead of the actual shooting itself. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cliff hange ...more
Mark Cofta
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I occasionally read YA novels, and was intrigued by this Canadian author's subject, school shootings. SHOOTER probes the personalities of five high school students, a cross-section including a quiet writer, a socialite over-achiever, a former athlete branded a thug, a functional autistic comic book nerd, and a severely autistic boy, the writer's brother. Pignat tells the story of an hour's lockdown spent mainly in a boys' restroom, where this crew hides from a live shooter. All 5 get their turns ...more
Olivia
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
WOW! I haven’t read a book in a while but man I really did love this one. The characters were so recognizable. Yes, it got off to a slow start but very quickly I grew anxious. Each of these characters were struggling in unimaginable ways yet they judged each other without even realizing. It was so empowering watching each of them develop in such a short amount of time. I definitely recommend this book! Couldn’t put it down 🤩, and for me, that’s saying A LOT.
Tiara
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
This book was absolutely amazing. It is told from the point of view of each teen locked in a bathroom during a lock down drill. It is less about the school shooting and more about the lives of the teens. I loved each one of the characters and didn't stop to breathe for the last 180 pages of the book. Finished this one in 2 days.
Sara Roc
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have
can't decide if its 4 or 4.5 but it was really good!! I started and finished the book today and that's something I haven't done in a longgg time.. felt pretty good lol. a fast paced book and it was exciting but also chill at the same time.. the only way I can describe it
Jordan
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked the different style of writing in this book. For example instead of the chapters they put the names and what they were thinking.
Kristi
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, great thriller/mystery, and I think I'm almost out of my reading slump *fingers crossed*
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
DNFed after 50 pages.

What little I could stand to read from the first four characters' points of view was so badly written I didn't want to see how she'd write an autistic character.
Leah Cramer
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Excellent plot, character development, pace, and realistic aspects. I loved it.
Talon
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars
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I really liked this book. I thought that it was very unpredictable. I also liked the plot. My favorite character was hogan because his background story
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Caroline Pignat is the two-time Governor Generalʼs Award winning author of highly acclaimed young adult novels. Her historical fiction, contemporary, and free verse novels use multiple points of view and varied forms to engage readers of all ages.

As a Writer's Craft student, Caroline wrote a short story that years later became Greener Grass, the first of a critically acclaimed series, and went on
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