That's Not What Happened
Six survived to tell the story, but who knows the truth? The next hotly anticipated YA novel from bestselling US sensation Kody Keplinger, author of THE DUFF and RUN
It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story - that she di...more
Having donated other Keplinger books to their classroom library, I was particularly excited to see this on a To-Read shelf, so I quickly ordered a copy to donate. When it arrived, I realized I really needed to read it. Right now, before it even made it to the classroom. And it was amazing and awe-inspiring and thought-provoking and I cannot wait to hear students' thoughts.
“Sometimes it’s okay to believe things that aren’t true. Sometimes it’s necessary.”
I have been a Kody Keplinger fan since The DUFF, which still finds its way into my re-read rotation. Ms. Keplinger’s characters, banter, intelligence, and strong messages that tie right into current events and moods make her one of my favorite voices. But That’s Not What Happened did not work for me.
Three years ago, 6 teenagers survived a school shooting at Virgil County High School. This is their story. Their tru ...more
Lee -- who is asexual -- begins the story three years after a surviving a school shooting. It's just her and five others, though only four others are still around. One of them, Kellie, left town before the school reopened following the tragedy. Kellie, however, will end th ...more
Masaker na strednej škole, tajomstvo za smrťou najlepšej kamarátky, odhaľovanie minulosti, ktorá môže všetko zmeniť, atď atď atď... NIE. Celú americkú anotáciu môžete rovno chytiť a zahodiť do koša, lebo ňou chce vydavateľ akurát tak zahrať na city publiku, aby si kúpili knihu o nejakej aktuálnej a tragickej téme s nádychom záhady a množstva emotívnych scén. Nie. Nie. NIE.
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This book was very heavy and is very relevant to whats happening this days in America which is sad and i have a feeling more books like this will be coming up more.
Plot: this book follows six teenagers who all survived a school shooting that happened three years prior to this book starting. We follow the lives of Leanne *lee*, Ashley, Eden, Miles, Denny and Kellie as they try continue their lives after all living through this terrible incident. So books likes this ...more
Trigger Warning: Trauma from school shooting. Up till the point I read.
I am a huge fan of Kody Keplinger! When I heard about this book I was so psyched. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it.
Upon starting the book I realized that the story wasn't for me. I did some skimming and couldn't connect to any off the characters. After that I lost interest in the book.
I do still recommend. I think this book is really important. Just wasn't for me.
First, before I get into my thoughts on such an intense and powerful read, I have to put a disclaimer out there. As stated, this book is an intense and difficult read containing many triggers that necessitate a trigger warning. Some of these warnings are around topics such as: PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and Gun Violence. This list of warnings are just a brief list of some of the topics involved in this novel and if you are concerned with reading this book, I sugg ...more
This was an okay read. Yes, yes, call me cold-hearted for not enjoying a book about the aftermath of a school shooting. The thing is, while the situation itself is very traumatic, the writing didn't make me care about the characters, or what happened to them. To be honest, not even the mistery around the shooter's identity gripped me. Also, I was led to believe the secret that Lee was going to reveal would be much bigger.
This is one of those books that I’m going to shove in every single person’s face because YOU HAVE TO READ IT. It’s a book that, like I Am Thunder, is so relevant to today’s world that everybody should read it. It’s completely heartbreaking, and I’m not lying when I say that I had a box tissues next to me, but I absolutely loved it.
What it’s About
Three years ago, Lee’s best friend, Sarah, was killed in the Virgil County High School mass shooting. Three years since Sarah died proclaim ...more
I need a moment to let that all sink in. Plus, a warm blanket, a big plate of comfort food, a hug, and a kitty to purr for me.
Sweet Christmas that was intense, powerful, and necessary.
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This is one of those books that while it is very difficult to get through because of the topic, it is still needed and necessary.
Short recap: Lee and five other students survived a horrific school massacre. Every year on the an ...more
Keplinger's book is quite timely, right in the face of all t ...more
Nunca había leído un libro que se centrara en este tipo de episodios violentos, que suelen suceder en Estados Unidos al menos tres veces al año. Y la verdad es que me gustó la forma en que la autora maneja lo sucedido. Sin embargo, ...more
Mass shootings and gun control are very topical at the ...more
The story is told by Lee, a girl who survived a school shooting and now tries to do (her kind of) justice by helping the truth surrounding the event and what happened afterwards come to light (the blurb gives more info, basically one of the victims got wrongfully martyred ...more
1) It's not even really about "a school shooting." It's about what happens to a group of people, how they all react, when they've been directly or indirectly affected by a tragedy. The tragedy happens to be a school shooting, which looks a little bit like ones we've all heard about, but comes from real re ...more
"It's a good story. And you know what people like way more than the truth? A good story."
I don't usually quote books in my reviews, but when I reached that one, it was such a perfect summation of the book that I knew I would have to use it. It encapsulates everything Keplinger is trying to get across with this novel. Yes, this is about the aftermath of a school shooting, but in many ways this book isn't even about school shootings ...more
This is an interesting book. It's been a few years since the shooting and the survivors have banded together, united by the same trauma. Well, all but one. Kellie. Kellie and her family were chased out of town when everyone took her truth for a lie.
I read this book because the synopsis reminded me of Cassie Bernall and Valeen Schnurr. After ...more