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She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall - Misty Bernall

I think, with this one, it's important to keep in mind that it was written very shortly after the shooting at Columbine. It takes a while for the dust to settle, for the real story to get sorted out. After a while, it was determined that the exchange that inspired the title for the book never took place. A similar exchange occurred between one of the shooters and another victim (who survived) and the boy who reported hearing the conversation between Cassie and the shooter must have mistakenly thought it was Cassie. There is also a thing or two she says about grief that i feel she might not have said had she waited until she'd begun to heal. It just seemed like therapeutic writing to me and that it would have been better had she written this, waited a few months/years/whatever she needed and then revisited it, revised it, and published it.

 

But all that aside, i did find it interesting and i enjoyed reading it.

 

(Review written August 25, 2014.)