We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Published 2003

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver is about a boy and his Mom.

I found this a very difficult book to read. The topic of a teenager killing his classmates, as told by his mother (who never wanted a child in the first place) in letters to his father, is tragic. There are no light moments…it just carries on.

There aren’t any characters to like.  You can’t like Kevin, he’s a psychotic killer.  His Mom has hated him since birth, and his father turns a blind eye and thinks there’s nothing wrong.  You do feel sorry for his little sister.

I am one of those people who must finish a book once began, but it took me months to read this. It was just difficult to pick up once set aside. (I’m still learning to let go). I gave it 3 stars because it is actually well-written, and it does make you think….not necessarily thoughts I want to have, but it does make you think.  I guess any book that disturbs that much is worth 3 stars, because it did leave an impression.

 

Favorite Quotes from We Need To Talk About Kevin:

“In a country that doesn’t discriminate between fame and infamy, the latter presents itself as plainly more achievable.”

“Funny how you dig yourself into a hole by the teaspoon.”

“Kevin was a shell game in which all three cups were empty.”

Read: March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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