I've read most of Caroline Pignat's recent historical fiction, which I've absolutely loved. This book dealing with a modern scenario where a shooter is targeting a high school, is a switch in direction for her and one I'm not sure I like. The book seems like its been done before and all the characters seem to lack originality. Still its an interesting teen read.
this wasn't as good as i was hoping, in the middle it got a bit messy but i was intrigued for the majority of the book and i really enjoyed the characters.
A major point of advertisement for this book is its claim to be a remake of the acclaimed movie, The Breakfast Club. After reading Shooter, I have to say that Caroline Pignat has managed to go beyond that. Three decades have passed since the days of The Breakfast Club, and the world in which five kids sat in detention is no more. High school has become a drastically different scene. While a small collection of today's students may still yield that entertaining and edifying variety of problems, styles and perspectives seen in the 80s, the connection between them—one nourished by greater technology, awareness, and twenty-first century social phenomena—has new implications.
Shooter captures this evolution with new cliques: princesses, jocks, criminals, nerds and basket cases are replaced by the overlapping hybrids of each other that appear in modern school environments. An attractive, privileged girl is also pressured to constantly achieve success; a neglected troublemaker is also an athlete; an intelligent introvert also deals with problems at home beyond her talents; a boy with social difficulties and unpopular interests is also vulnerable to criminal behaviour; and the student who looks weird, acts weird, and makes people stare has a genuine, medically recognized, and unchangeable uniqueness with which he sees the world.
While many young people (including myself) were worried that Shooter would be another teen fiction novel that made Disney characters of our reality and hyperbolized our social complexities, I assure you that Pignat has put together a suspenseful, fluid, creative, and insightful story. She has proven her skill as an observant teacher in laying out the real fabric of many extremes and dire possibilities of contemporary Canadian high school. It all starts with a lockdown, one whose story I recommend you read.
Caroline Pignat could not have made this book any better. It is full all you could want in a book; plot twists, atmosphere, and so much more!! This book was the first (and best) book I've read about a serious topic such as school shootings except less violent. Don't hesitate on reading this magnificent book!
This is an amazing book about something very serious! It brings a lot of light to school shootings. This story is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Definitely a must-read!
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