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#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  891 ratings  ·  187 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From two survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting comes a declaration for our times, and an in-depth look at the making of the #NeverAgain movement.
 
On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old David Hogg and his fourteen-year-old sister, Lauren, went to school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, like any normal Wednesday. That day, of cour
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Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Random House
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Reading Girl Obviously this is a difficult question. I think it is important to note that gun violence is not just at high schools. It is suicide, domestic…moreObviously this is a difficult question. I think it is important to note that gun violence is not just at high schools. It is suicide, domestic violence, police brutality, mass shootings, gang violence, and local shootings. There is the *seemingly* easy task of regulating who has guns to prevent these things. (Provided we show up at the polls and vote.) Then there is the harder task of preventing someone from wanting to hurt someone else. Perhaps the best thing you can do is invest in youth, because support systems matter. Also, maybe instead of dedicating your novel to MSD, dedicate it to those affected by gun violence. (less)

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Jane
This was amazing to read and I'm so grateful for, not only the kids of Marjory Stone Douglas and everything they've done up to this point, but how they make sure to shine the light on others who have not received the same amount of media attention.

This book functions half memoir and half manifesto for who David and Lauren Hogg are as people and how they each reacted to the Parkland, Florida shooting in different ways. I loved how candid this book is - it almost reads more like a blog post that
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L. McCoy
This is possibly my most offensive review yet (strong language (which is now uncensored in my reviews), political incorrectness, offensive humor) so reader discretion advised.

Also, if you wish to see my views on gun control more closely see my review for another book on the subject here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

What’s it about?
David and Lauren Hogg talk about the things they experienced in the Parkland shooting and why gun rights are horrible.

Why not 1 star?
Lauren explains what i
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Barbara (The Bibliophage)
David and Lauren Hogg, siblings who both survived the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, offer us rare insight into their experiences.

Lauren tells the emotional tale, sharing what it meant to lose four close friends that day. David tells the activist tale, reminding us what it means to take tragedy and use it to galvanize action and protest. They both talk about their childhoods, so we also get a feel for their lives before that day in February 2018. Not so long ago.

The bo
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Reese
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My respect for David Hogg and my views on the ease with which Americans can acquire weapons of mass destruction prompted me to buy this "little" book even though I figured that I didn't need to read it. After all, I'm already in the choir. But being in the choir is nothing like being on a battlefield where the innocent are being slaughtered by a menace equipped for war.

This book is "little" in length only. It is much "larger" than I had imagined. In #NeverAgain, big young people who continue to
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Melissa Rose
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, what more can I say about this book other than it is an eloquently insightful and intelligent read that discussed the background of the March for Our Lives movement as well as the organization’s hopes for the future.

As someone who doesn't usually go for political books, I found it interesting to hear David and Lauren's feeling and experiences as a result of the Stoneman Douglas attack on February 14th, 2018. I would be lying if I said that I didn't shed at least a few tears while liste
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Jessica
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ty-politics
Excellent book, glad the Hogg siblings shared what they went through.

In ‘#NeverAgain,’ Hogg siblings David and Lauren provide insight into their lives; some background about their childhoods and the types of classes they took in Florida’s public-school system that led them to be the informed and knowledgeable people they are today.

Each of the authors also detail what it was like for them, and their friends, during the February 14, 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Th
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Trin
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thinking about trying to survive another year in American politics, and this book, horrific as the subject matter is -- and it is absolutely tragic and harrowing -- gave me hope.

Movements matter. People can make a difference.

And the Kids Are Alright.

We have a long, long way to go, on gun control and, frankly, everything. But there are smart, aware, proactive people growing up and becoming active. And some of the old assholes are dying.

This year, I'd like to try to have even a tenth of the coura
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Kelly K
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I remember when this happened. My fiance and I actually went out for Valentine's Day and I didn't hear about it until I arrived home that evening. One of the main things that pissed me off about this tragedy was the backlash these kids received afterward from what are supposed to be grown ass adults. It pisses me off how our government works. It pisses me off that this shit still happens and nothing is done about it. The memorials in the back of the book killed me. Ugly sobbing. Something needs ...more
Jeanne Melsen
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eloquent with honesty, sincerity, and loving determination

Revealing themselves as inexperienced and awkward individuals with a burning call to action, these stalwart young people tell the story of their forced rise to become leaders before their intended timelines to do so. Their amazing, inherent idealism, wisdom, and grace guides their intelligent efforts into a single minded laser focus to accomplish what seems impossible in this era of money-driven power. If this book does not make you want
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Gary Anderson
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this slim book at the Tampa, Florida airport and read the whole thing on the plane ride to Chicago. Siblings David and Lauren Hogg are survivors of the mass murder last February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line isn’t a grisly recounting of the killing but rather reflections on how and why David and Lauren Hogg became leading activists in the movement for common sense gun control and youth involvement in the Ame ...more
Dylan
I feel weird officially rating this because of how personal it is to the authors, but I recommend it if you're at all interested in gun reform or want more of an insight into the Parkland shooting.

I will say that the writing isn't the best, and I had a hard time telling apart David and Lauren, but that doesn't take away this book's importance.
Rachel
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A quick, powerful, important read. No one should have to go through what those kids did in February and that fact that mass shootings continue to happen is beyond reprehensible. These high school students give me hope that meaningful change is possible.
Hope
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a cathartic read for me. Having been very young when a school shooting devastated my home, it was impossible to find my voice among the grief and chaos. But 5 and a half years later, I finally have been able to come to terms with my story and share it, taking part in the fight against gun violence. The Parkland kids and the March for Our Lives movement has meant EVERYTHING to me and has added me in my continual healing process. This brief book gave insight into the movement that I had b ...more
Ron Turner
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this. I was hoping for a defiant call to action. Instead I got a poorly written pamphlet, two thirds of which is devoted to them babbling about their childhoods and giving shoutouts to friends from junior high.

At one point David reveals that his McMansion in Southern California had poor heating so he had to rely on (gasp) a space heater in the mornings! Pretentious shit like that made me roll my eyes.

Do they talk about all the other people who died? No. It's all about m
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Daniel (Page by Page)
the most powerful book i've ever read.
Janet Caschetta
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerful testimony of Lauren and David Hogg. May the world hear their story and exclaim “Parkland Florida - #Never Again!”
Elizabeth☮
David and his sister Lauren both survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. The shooting itself, sadly, is not different from other mass shooting in America. What is different is that a group of students demanded answers from politicians. They demanded answers. They want change.

This first hand account of the events is as detailed as it can be given how recently the events occurred. But this isn't meant to focus on the tragedy, but rather the aftermath and how this movement #neveraga
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Noelia
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
#NEVERAGAIN is a book written by 2 high school students, Lauren Hogg and David Hogg, about their thoughts, experience etc on what happened on February 14, 2018. I chose this book because I was interested on this topic and wanted to know their experience and opinions on everything relating to school shooting. I recommend this book to whoever is interested on learning new perspectives about survivors of the parkland shooting, someone who wants to read real-life topics/issues, not to entertain. I r ...more
Izzy
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and emotional book based on the events of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, gun law and change.

This book helped educate me more on school shootings, gun law and the March for Our Lives movement.

I have strong opinions about gun law and gun violence and school shootings really affect me. The shooting of MSD high school affected me a lot...which may sound selfish as I don’t live in America, nor do I have to go through anything as traumatic. I didn’t personally know any of the victims eit
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Ruby Valdes
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#Neveragain is a reflection and description of the Parkland shooting. It is written by siblings, David and Lauren Hogg, who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They explain the events that happened prior to the shooting. They explain what happened the day of the shooting and what happened during. They explain the change they wish to see. They talk about how we have to make an effort to change and not just wait for the change to happen on its own.
Christine Luong
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
If people only listen when privileged white kids get killed - and even then, only when the number of dead kids is high enough to make the news - we're never going to fix this problem.

It's heartbreaking that we are raising our children in a world where active shooter drills are the norm and politicians offer "hopes and prayers" instead of real solutions. It gives me hope that there are young people out there who have the passion, conviction, compassion, and dedication to push for real change. I a
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Tamara
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read!
Anwar
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book- greatly written. Recommend to everyone to read. Love
Chris Burd
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
That the profits of this book go to supporting the March for our Lives movement is really the best thing that I can say about it.

As a story about the making of a movement, it’s okay. It’ll be great background research at some future date when Hogg, Gonzalez, Kasky or another one of these young people has changed the world.

But that’s also what bothers me a little bit about it. I am all for someone telling their truth and admitting to their past mistakes, but David Hogg seems to be preemptively
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Justin
Oct 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
All throughout this book this young man seemed very narcissistic. I could hardly stomach it. To some extent with teens it's normal, teens love to tell you what they're excited about, and how good they are at things. But this was certainly at a deeper and disturbing level. It's clear that our school systems are churning out activist who can march, chant and get emotional, but not Americans who can think and reason.

It's no wonder this kid and his crew went immediately to politics. They've been tr
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N.W. Moors
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Put your politics away and read this short book by two of the survivors of the Parkland shooting and organizers for March for Our Lives (All proceeds from the book go to that organization).
The book starts by giving some background on the Hogg's lives. Their story is fairly well-known: they are white middle-class children of an FBI agent and teacher who found in Parkland an excellent school system. As a result, David and Lauren are mature, intelligent children, pretty normal, with the usual teen
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Matthew Stern
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set your politics aside and listen to the stories of teenagers who endured horror and then found the strength to make a difference. In recounting their lives before and after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings, siblings David and Lauren Hogg dismantle all of the myths and conspiracy theories about them and the movement. They show themselves as ordinary teenagers thrust into an extraordinary situation. They deal with the typical highs and lows of adolescence until they were forced to grow up ...more
Karli
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars!

I was expecting this to be very generic and basically just every speech that has been given since February 14th in 6 chapters, but I was actually surprised by how personal, real, and GOOD this way. Before seeing them advertise this book on the Tonight Show I didnt even know David had a sister, and where I would've read this just for him, I think it is Lauren who truly shines in this book. Her story was heartbreaking and she did a really good job. I am really glad I got to hear her voic
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Hannah (FreeInFiction)
This was absolutely amazing. I admire these “kids” so incredibly much and they are just doing what is right, no matter the backlash they receive. This short book is told between brother and sister, David and Lauren Hogg, both of which are very involved with the #NeverAgain movement and March for Our Lives, even being a few of the faces behind it. I loved hearing their stories and that they included a section called #NeverForget which included all the names of those who died in school shootings s ...more
Natalie
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fuck the NRA. Fuck assault weapons. Fuck any person in power who is willing to take their blood money. Fuck Marco Rubio. Fuck Donald Trump. Fuck Donald Trump Junior.

The last chapter of this book had me weeping. It is a list of names and descriptors of all the people we have lost to school related gun violence since Columbine. If that isn't enough to turn your stomach and turn your heart on this issue then you are not paying attention.

We do not have to die like this.
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David Miles Hogg is an American student who survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018, and afterward became a gun control advocate and an activist against gun violence in the United States. He is one of twenty founding members of Never Again MSD, a gun control advocacy group led by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) students. In conjunction with his gun contro ...more
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