Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.
Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebas ...more
Multitudes of unneeded profanity? No
Profanity was only used to show the profound effect gun violence can have on survivors,…moreIs there profanity? Yes
Multitudes of unneeded profanity? No
Profanity was only used to show the profound effect gun violence can have on survivors, their emotions, and their states of mind after surviving a trauma. You won't read profanity in the dialogue between the character and his school-age friends, you'll read it when he's dealing with his parents and discussing the lingering guilt that will never go away.(less)
Sebastian as the narrator allows for a unique POV. He shot his four month old baby sister point blank with his father's gun when he was four years old. He doesn't remember doing it. It's ten years later and i ...more
+ So be ye prepared for heavy topics.
Sebastian doesn't remember killing his baby sister, but it's 10 years later and it just hangs over him like the blacke ...more
What a powerful book this turned out to be! I am not someone who cries over books. I have done it before but it may happen only one time every couple of years. I almost couldn't figure out why the page was suddenly blurry but then I realized that my eyes were filled with tears which were making it hard to continue reading. This book melted my little heart of ice just a bit because it completely got to me. I am so glad that I had the ...more
In a word: impressive
To be completely honest, I went into Barry Lyga's newest novel with pretty high expectations. I mean, seriously. Look at that synopsis. Look at who the author is. Need I say more?
And yet? BANG surprised me with its thoughtfulness, it's masterfully handled themes, it well-developed, three-dimensional characters.
Allow me to paint you a picture:: BANG, hearin ...more
The book follows fourteen year old Sebastian. When Sebastian was four he did something terrible he shot his four month old baby sister accidently. He's been having to live with his horrible past and guilt for the last ten years. But he has a plan to end it all with a bullet. After all the gun started everything it should end too, he thinks. My heart aches for him and his family. He was just four, a four year old is not ...more
Boy, 4, Shoots, Kills Infant Sister
For ten years that headline plagued Sebastian. You see, he was that young boy who accidentally killed his sister all those years ago. Time may have passed and he had grown up but that moment in time will profoundly affect the rest of his life. A life he has decided needs to come to an end, and soon.
The subject matter for ...more
It isn’t that there is not good writing or that the characters aren’t well-developed. Both were good. The problem for me, I believe, is that so many issues were packed into one book that it didn’t have time to focus on any of them enough. Gun control, Islamophobia, mental illness of several types, and the income gap are a few of the things covered.
I can’t rec ...more
Teens will fly through this hard-hitting book about guilt, loss, and redemption. Lyga manages to keep his book from wallowing in a pit of despair: there is redemption and friendship here that will leave you with that warm, fuzzy feeling deep inside.
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on April 18th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Bang by Barry Lyga is a contemporary YA about a boy who shot and killed his baby sister by accident when he was just 4 years old. Now as a teenager, he still carries around the guilt of it all every time he looks at his broken parents, his friends and teachers, and even the new girl who moves into his...more
Sebastian is that kid, the kid who shot his baby sister ten years ago at age four. Everybody knows what he did, everyone except Aneesa, the new girl on his block. Sebastian had planned to commit suicide, until he he bonded with her. Once she discovers what he did, Sebastian is certain they'll no longer be friends, or more.
Barry Lyga has an almost poetic style of writing. Had the format been different, BANG could have been verse. For the most part, Sebastian's malaise-filled voi ...more
Bang is emotionally gripping and will leave your gut in a tangle. The plot was masterful. The characters well-developed, which is to be expected given the author.
With everything going on right now (specifically, gun violence) this is a must read.
I felt so bad for Sebastian and his family. Literally, I was in tears over the littlest things. And not becau ...more
This was a pretty good story. Too often I hear news about children accidentally shooting a sibling or adult and it makes me shake my head and wonder, how did they get their hands on the gun to begin with? Why wasn't the safety on? Why weren't these kids being watched? Where were the parents?" It's easy to place blame but at the end of the day, accidents happen and we just have to be more aware.
Sebastian has kept this guilt in his heart for 10 years. Understand ...more
Do I get a splitter vote on this one?
I'd rank it highly if I'm reading for YALSA's Quick Picks list. The topicsis fresh, fast-paced, and relevant, and the uber-short chapters help this under-300 page book fly by.
I'd rank it less highly on treatment of sensitive topics (namely: suicidal ideation and Islamophobia) and for an ending that I don't think the story earned.
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After reading and loving Lyga’s other books, I had high expectations for his ...more
The concept of this book is incredibly heartbreaking, but I’ll confess that it didn’t really tug at my heartstrings the way I expected it to—at least not at first. Which isn’t to say that I didn’t like it, but for some reason I just wasn’t blown away or wrecked like I’d expect with this sort of book. The first three-quarters of the book were almost … cute. The possibility of budding romance between Sebastian and Aneesa ...more
Occasionally there was mild and not so mild language throughout the book, but Lyga wrote a character that is full of wonderful language too. The main character used words even I, an English teacher, had to look up at times. The writi ...more
There were so many heavy concepts; gun safety, teen suicide, prejudice. However, while this book was not cheerful, it was certainly powerful. The author wasn't afraid to deal with tough concepts, and I admire that.
Overall, this novel was an important one. While it was short, it certainly packed a punch.
Full review to come.
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