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Parkland: Birth of a Movement

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The New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting who pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders and launched the singular grassroots March for Our Lives movement.

Emma Gonzalez called BS. David Hogg called out Adult America. The uprising had begun. Cameron Kasky immed
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Harper
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Julianabadescu It offers facts along with the perspective of these kids who lived through a horrifying event at their school but chose to use it to heal, to advocate…moreIt offers facts along with the perspective of these kids who lived through a horrifying event at their school but chose to use it to heal, to advocate and to make their names and the names of those who were killed what we recall of this tragedy. This is about them. They have a view on guns but that is not what this book is about. This book is about them. (less)
Claudia The killer's name was never mentioned. This book tells the survivors' journey to make something positive happen out of the tragedy. As is typical, the…moreThe killer's name was never mentioned. This book tells the survivors' journey to make something positive happen out of the tragedy. As is typical, the kids' eyes and energies are focused to the future. It's an uplifting story about what kids can accomplish if adults get out of their way.(less)

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Emily May
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, 2019, arc
There are strains of sadness woven into this story, but this is not an account of grief. These kids chose a story of hope.

This is such a beautiful piece of journalism. I love how Cullen puts so much of himself into his work and treats the subjects he tackles, as well as the people he meets and talks with along the way, with such sensitivity and empathy.

Some people obviously rated this book one star without reading it because they think it is about taking away their guns. Actually, it's not r
Will Byrnes
It became clear quickly that suburban kids feared violence inside their school—once in a lifetime, but horrific—and the Chicago kids feared violence getting there. At the bus stop on their porch, walking out of church. It could happen anywhere, and it did… Martin Luther King had preached six principles of nonviolence…The Parkland kids were embarking on #4: “Suffering can educate and transform.”
After the seminal Columbine shootings in 1999, Dave Cullen undertook to research the event deeply,
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Expansive and hopeful, Parkland sketches a moving portrait of the teenaged founders of the March for Our Lives movement. Across twenty-one fast-paced chapters journalist Dave Cullen thoughtfully examines the student-led protest against gun violence that erupted in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The author profiles the media stars of MfOL—Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg—as well as the group’s less visible members, as he recounts the students’ maj ...more
jv poore
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: donated, non-fiction
This book is not about the tragedy on February 14th 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Instead, it is about all that the student activists accomplished in the following year and how they did it. I felt like I’d followed this story pretty closely, but I was stunned by some of the things I learned. And those things are the reasons I want people to read this book.

I think most folks will be as shocked as I was to find out how ATF background checks are conducted, and why it is that way.

I was floored
Elyse  Walters
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook ....Read by the author, Dave Cullen


February 14, 2018....a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School..... ( often called MSD), killing 17 students and staff members - injuring 17 others. THE DEADLIEST SHOOTING at a High School in United States history - surpassing the Columbine High School massacre.

This book is a great tribute to the students who died at MS
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dave Cullen does an excellent job chronicling the journey of survival for the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland: Birth of a Movement.

18 months ago when this tragic event occurred, the students at MSD said enough is enough and refused to just accept “thoughts and prayers”. They refused to be forgotten by the media and others in a few weeks, as is the unfortunate case with so many similar devastating events. They turned their mourning into movement and never slowed down
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Wow! It’s hard to know what to say about this incredible piece of journalism. David Cullen has such a talent for presenting the complete picture. His stellar work, Columbine, was as much a criticism of the media machine as it was an examination of the massacre that started the reality with which Cullen suggests we have all become far too complacent. With Parkland, he gives the reader only the necessary comparisons to Columbine. Though it begins with gunshots, this story is different from Columbi ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This isn't the story of a school shooting in Florida in 2018.

This also isn't the story of the person who committed that act of mass violence.

Instead, this is the story of a social movement started by the teenagers who survived that shooting, and their activist efforts to push for gun reform in America.

I picked up "Parkland" because I had read and admired Dave Cullen's previous book, "Columbine," which is an incredible piece of reporting on the 1999 school shooting in Colorado. Unbeknownst to me
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A compelling blend of documentation and inspiration, and a must read for anyone concerned about gun safety.

The story of PARKLAND is told through the voices of the key participants whose personalities, and outlooks are diverse: David Hogg, 17; Emma González, 18; Cameron Kasky, 17; and Jackie Corin, 17. The book takes us into the hearts and minds of these and other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students as they created a national movement while at the same time coping with the horri
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Believe it or not, author Dave Cullen did not set out to be the nation's leading "talking head" about school massacres. But he did such a brilliant job with his COLUMBINE regarding the mass murder in a Colorado high school that he was prevailed upon to write this PARKLAND when a similarly horrific, but somewhat different turn of events, killed so many teens in a middle-class Florida high school.

The good news is -- Cullen is up to his usual standards. I agree completely with my fellow GR reviewer
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, usa, politics
Dave Cullen does it again! After meticulously researching the massacre at Columbine, he now turns his attention away from the perpetrators and writes about those who build up the resistance against America's lax gun laws: A group of Parkland survivors, among them by now well-known activists like Emma González ("We call B.S.!"), David Hogg and Cameron Kasky (Interview with Bill Maher) as well as organizational mastermind Jaclyn Corin. Those kids put American politicians to shame by creating a nat ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dave Cullen is back with another heart-stopping book that depicts the world of gun violence and school shootings. While his first book, Columbine, shook the literary world by depicting the event from two decades before, this piece seeks to encompass the momentum gained after yet another shooting by a group of students trying to neutralise these atrocities. After a shooting in Parkland, Florida, America wrung its collective hands yet again and vowed that school shootings needed to be dealt with o ...more
Mariah Roze
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting who pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders and launched the singular grassroots March for Our Lives movement.
Emma Gonzalez called BS. David Hogg called out Adult America. The uprising had begun. Cameron Kasky immediately recruited a colorful band of theatre kids and rising activists and brought them together in his living room to map ou
H.M. Ada
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The very real, very human stories of a group of kids dealing with a very real, very human tragedy. This book is about loss, grief, and most importantly, action. These are not crisis actors. They are not being put up to anything by their parents. They are real kids thrust into the public sphere by horrific events who decided to reject victimhood and to DO SOMETHING so that this time would be different.

Beautifully written, this book shows you all sides of these brave, smart, and determined kids a
Olive Fellows (abookolive)
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2020
I discuss this book in my video covering round 1 of the 2020 Booktube prize here: ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Moving and inspiring to say the least

I read this for round 1 of the booktube prize. You can see my full thoughts here:
Dan Connors
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
The Parkland shooting of 2018 is different because it spawned an entire movement against gun violence. This is the story of the teenagers who took on the system and traveled the country, speaking with politicians, other mass shooting victims, and gun rights advocates.
The author does an admirable job following around the teenagers and interviewing them so that we get a sense of what it was like the day of the shooting, the weeks afterward, and the buildup to the huge March for our Lives in Was
Lance L
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
In 1983, Sting released ‘Every Breath You Take’ - a dark, brooding and brilliant song about obsession. It was not only an artistic masterpiece, but also a smash hit - becoming the biggest song of the year and an instant classic. But, bothered by the dark theme of the song, Sting tried to follow it up with a deliberately more positive, upbeat “message” song in 1985 with ‘If You Love Somone Set Them Free’ - a sort of corrective and rejoinder to his earlier work. The new song had none of the power, ...more
Diane in Australia
The author, Dave Cullen, also wrote Columbine, which I haven't read yet. Apparently, this book is different in that it focuses on the movement that the survivors of the Parkland school shooting initiated, 'Never Again', and not the actual shooting.

3 Stars = Okay. Maybe not a page-turner, but not sorry I read it.

(My apologies for such a short review. I'm struggling with a few things, at the moment, and just can't seem to find the presence of mind to write longer reviews.)
Bruce Katz
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: current-events
A very powerful book. Time and again, as I read it, I found myself tearing up -- because I'm a father, because I have a beating heart, because I'm a wimp, all/none of the above. "Parkland" has that kind of immediacy, for me at least. I was at the Washington March for Our Lives event with my daughter, and I vividly remember the crush of hundreds of thousands of people trying to see and hear everything. I had to leave before it was over, and the streets were so packed that it took me more than an ...more
Traci at The Stacks
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really well done. Not about the shooting. About the surviving activists. Cullen is genius but the content wasn’t as powerful as I had hoped. Still really good and a smooth read.
Mar 10, 2019 added it
Shelves: read-in-2019
A really phenomenal books about the March for Our Lives founders, their movement, and all of the movements that inspired and educated them. This is like Columbine in that it's the story that the media doesn't tell -- that MFOL brought in and were educated, inspired by, and collaborated with groups from inner-city Chicago that helped them learn about gun violence outside, in the raw, rather than inside, for one. It's unlike Columbine in that it's never about the perpetrator; we don't even get a n ...more
In February, seventeen died at Douglas High, along with 1,044 others in America. In the first six months of 2018, over 1,700 kids were killed or injured by guns...

I went into this book expecting to have the same experience I did when I read Columbine and I am happy to report, reading this was an entirely different experience, an experience I embraced. When I finished reading Columbine I was crushed, distraught and filled with a sense of hopelessness. The author, Dave Cullen made mention of t
Kayla | kaylagetsread
PARKLAND: BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT is an intimate exploration of the teen survivors’ continued strength, resilience, courage, and tenacity following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. It’s about the boulders they are moving by refusing to be complacent and the trials they have faced along the way. This entire book is a TORCH and you can feel their fire.

I experienced the full spectrum of emotions while reading this book. I was sad. I was angry. I was awes
Kelly Hager
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that's important to remember is that last year at this time, we didn't know who David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, Jackie Corin or Emma Gonzalez were. It hasn't even been a year since seventeen people were murdered in Parkland. Every time I think about that, it shocks me. These kids are household names, and it feels like they always have been.

The second thing---and this is more important---is that they, like all American kids in their generation, have grown up in the age of mass shooting
Amanda McGill
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

Over a year ago, I remember going on Twitter and seeing tweets about the CNN Townhall. Curious I tuned in and the townhall was about gun control and had students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. A month after their school shooting, they were up on stage and speaking to the NRA, Florida’s U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio. The students were clear and concise with their arguments and were aski
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Thanks to all of the very brave parents who allowed their children to be a part of this gun safety movement. I am not sure I could have done the same.

The progress that was made by the Parkland students, and most importantly, their foresight to connect with other groups doing the same work, such as the Peace Warriors and BRAVE, is substantial and hopefully, long lasting.

I came away with this thought: I will explore every political candidates stance on gun control and safety and vote accordingly.
Robert Sheard
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite an emotional read for me because I was teaching in Broward County at the time of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. I'm friends with the guy who was the debate coach there at the time. My students knew their students, through debate, drama, etc. We had just been to Stoneman Douglas the week before for a debate tournament. It was very "close to home."

But this book isn't about the shooting; instead, Cullen focuses on the student activists who create a movement afterwards and it's an ins
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Obviously PARKLAND has its tough reading moments. But the focus is much less on the actual shooting itself, and more on the surviving kids finding hope and resilience, working through their grief, and most of all, organizing to effect change.

Readers are with these kids as they experience how dirty (and partisan) politics is and how frustrating media spin can be. But we're also with them as they connect with, learn from, and try to help boost the voices of groups like the Peace Warriors and BRAVE
Brian Gumm
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Parkland school shooting made it through to me via my usual sources (NPR & the NYT), but as those outlets moved on after the initial week or so, so did I. Little did I know that a handful of MSD students had almost immediately begun organizing a massive nonviolent social movement on the issue of gun violence that spanned the country and cut across socioeconomic and racial divides. And they’re still working. Some of them are still in high school, while a few have started their first years of ...more
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Dave Cullen has been covering the blight of mass murders in America for two decades, first with COLUMBINE, now PARKLAND: BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT. COLUMBINE was a New York Times bestseller and the consensus definitive account. Parkland is a story of hope: the genesis of the extraordinary March for Our Lives movement. Dave was with the students from the beginning, with unparalleled access behind the sce ...more

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