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The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
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Feb 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, grief

This book is long. Let's get that out of the way first. But it's also beautiful. And somehow it's a quick read.

I laughed, and I cried reading The Hour I First Believed. It brought me back to Columbine, and I grieved the victims--the innocent students who were killed, the teacher who died a hero, those who lived and carry with them still the scars from that day, the boys who pulled the triggers, their families...I also grieved a family friend whose valiant fight against PTSD finally wore him down so much he had to end it, not even six years after surviving the war that gave it to him. Sometimes the living is much, much harder than the dying.

This was a hard book to read, but it was a good one. An important one, somehow. One that changed me, which is the gift of a good book. Because at the end of the day there is this: "Life is messy, violent, confusing, and hopeful."

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Reading Progress

February 16, 2009 – Shelved
July 21, 2010 – Shelved as: fiction
June 27, 2014 – Started Reading
July 17, 2014 – Shelved as: grief
July 17, 2014 – Finished Reading

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