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Columbine
Columbine | Dave Cullen
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This book was recommended to me by my English teacher, and I love it. This book was so good! I can‘t even imagine how someone could write this! The amount of research the author must have done is insane, and the way it was written gave me goosebumps!

This book is so terrifyingly beautiful that I am at a loss of words.

I wish I could give more stars, but 🤷🏻‍♀️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Shame did not register; neither did fear. Psychopaths are not individuals losing touch with those emotions. They never developed them from the start.

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“How can we cry if we don‘t know who we are crying for?” One girl asked. And yet she had cried. She had cried most of the night, she said. By morning, she had run out of tears.

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Sharv_Sona
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Eric dreamed big but settled for reality.

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Psychopaths don‘t act like Hannibal Lecter or Norman abates. They come off like Hugh Grant, in his most adorable role.

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You can‘t really teach a kid anything: you can only show him the way and motivate him to learn it himself.

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This is very well written and investigated. An important read for EVERYONE.
⭐️: 4/5

EvieBee It‘s a great one, for sure! Where about have you been traveling? 2mo
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Melreedauthor
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I was not prepared for this book. It‘s sooooooo good.

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Melreedauthor
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On to the next book!!! Columbine has been a book that‘s been on my list. After living the generation of it, I‘ve always wanted to know the behind the scenes information that has been lost.

#2022reads #kneedeep

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Booksbymybed
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I‘ve finished Columbine by Dave Cullen today, it was a very difficult read, but I‘m glad I finally did it. Not just because it‘s my community where it happened 8 years before it became my home, but because turns out what I knew about it was mostly wrong. I also needed to read it especially now, as I watch most heinous deeds unfold, asking why. This book provided some answers, and it made me very sad. Because despite everything, horrors go on.

EvieBee This was an eye-opening read. 8mo
Booksbymybed @EvieBee very much! 7mo
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Pigpen_Reads
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#DoubleSpin #BookSpin

I finished my DoubleSpin book for this month. It was an interesting read. A lot to process, but worth the read.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 10mo
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kspenmoll
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For far too many nights during the last 22 years we have witnessed tragic school shootings that there are no words in my vocabulary to describe. Lighting a candle tonight for all those lives lost and those still struggling to survive. #teachersoflitsy

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jillannjohn
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Starting this today but a little afraid of it….

erinreads It‘s a heavy read, but so well done. And you‘ve got a good reading companion with you for support. 😻 12mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 14mo
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Jeannineth
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I thought I knew the details of Columbine. I remember seeing it happen on TV and was shocked at what I saw. But what I knew was not what really happened. Truth of the incident developed over time and,of course, the media didn‘t cover what ultimately came out about this mass shooting. The author kept the story moving by going back to the troubled past of Eric snd Dylan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DrLReads
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This is a tough read, but an amazing, thorough, and empathetic piece of journalism.

Annie1215 This is one of my favorite books of all time. Despite the subject matter it‘s just so brilliantly written. 1y
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FantasyChick
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Finally finished this one and I'm glad I waited to get the newest release copy! I really wanted to pace myself and I'm happy I did because it was a LOT. Very, very well researched. Incredibly detailed and just all around well done. I keep coming back to Columbine randomly over the years and this is by far the best I've read on it yet. This isn't a book to rush, though. Take it slow.

#bookspinbingo #NutsInMay
@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
ShelleyBooksie Have you read the one from the Mother's perspective? 2y
FantasyChick @ShelleyBooksie I have! It was a few years ago now but I remember it was heartbreaking to read. 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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FantasyChick
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This chapter on psychopaths is incredible but it begs the question "Where do we who DO feel emotions but find those events, subjects and people interesting and fascinating fall on this scale?" Are we just one emotion away from psychopathy ourselves? While I've never had an urge to end a life (well...maybe an ex or two ??? jokes) and my search history would put me as suspect number 1 in the event of a tragedy ⬇️

FantasyChick I find the minds of killers (psychopaths and cult leaders specifically) incredible fascinating and find myself to compelled to learn as much as I can about certain crimes. Where would this study place all of us murderinos, armchair detectives and obsessive crime researchers? #ThingsIWonderAsIRead 2y
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I‘m so glad I got a chance to read this. What a well researched and eloquent book to inform people about a highly publicized traumatic event. It gave me goosebumps

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FantasyChick
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Spending some quality time on a Saturday night 😅

Call of Duty for him and a book for me.

At least we're in the same room, right? 🤣

#justanothernightin #wildsaturday

Aims42 Totally counts as quality time in my “book” (pun intended 🤣) LOL 2y
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FantasyChick
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Got my #BingoBoard set up and ready to go! Let's get this month started on the right foot 👍

#bookspin 📚 Lighthousekeeping
#doublespin 📚 Siege and Storm
#bookspinbingo
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks fantastic!! 2y
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FantasyChick
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It's been a month. Sickness through the house, crazy times at work, mental drain and a sick, sick baby. I'm ready for things to cool down and get back to my normal routine...starting with #BookspinBingo 😊

I made a list. Let's see how this goes!

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Leftcoastzen Hope things improve! 2y
kspenmoll Hope your baby is well now & that May is a better month! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence I hope things get much better! 2y
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TheAromaofBooks Hopefully things are going the right direction now!!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Hopefully things are going the right direction now!!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Hopefully things are going the right direction now!!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks LOL sorry, Litsy is messing with my comments again 😂 You get triple well-wishes this morning!! 2y
FantasyChick @Leftcoastzen @kspenmoll @LiteraryinLititz @TheAromaofBooks Thanks all 😘😘 Baby boy is on the mend and I'm going into May with a positive outlook! Too much time has already been spent in this rut 2y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I was a senior sitting in my computing skills class when we heard the news from Colorado. I remember feeling so scared. I also remember feeling sure that the grownups would make it so this never happened again. Now 20+ years later, I‘m the grown up and mass shootings are as American as baseball and apple pie. I am heartbroken today on this most terrible of anniversaries. I highly recommend Cullen‘s examination of this tragedy. An important read.

kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
DogMomIrene I was teaching, my second year. I thought we‘d fix it too. It is heartbreaking. I listened to this audiobook and learned so much. I need to read Parkland. 2y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @DogMomIrene I learned a lot from it too! I also need to read Parkland. ❤️ 2y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @kspenmoll Thank you. ❤️ 2y
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Ephemera
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Most of us remember the mass shooting at Columbine High School. But unless you read this book, you won‘t know the whole story of the two teen killers and why they did what they did. You won‘t know how inept the response was to the event by police and SWAT. You won‘t understand the heartbreak of losing a child or the immediate response of the local community. Well written and researched, infuriating in places. Five stars.

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FantasyChick
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I have still not picked up a book this month. I've binged some this, played some games and just flat out taken a break but I want to want to read!

This has been on my list for a long time and a good true crime can normally pop me out of a rut. If I can get 100 pages down....I'm golden!

Wish me luck!

#AwesomeApril @Andrew65

MicheleinPhilly I have had this on my shelf for YEARS and have never been able to pick it up. 😔 2y
CuriousG I listened to this one on audio and found it captivating. So different from what the media spin was at the time of the tragedy. 2y
Andrew65 Good luck. 2y
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Lizpixie
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Bk10 of March is done! I think I‘ll be adding this to my #TopFiveTrueCrime of all time @Cathythoughts It was well researched, it was personal & it focused at least half of the book on the victims instead of the shooters. It depresses me that 22yrs later, no lessons have been learnt by the government after seeing the latest mass shooting in Colorado.😢 #NonFictionBingo #PickYourPoison #ChunksterChallenge #NerdReading2021 #52BookClubChallenge

Cathythoughts Thanks for thinking of me Liz ... I‘ll look into this one 👍🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress! 2y
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Currently 146pgs into this well researched true crime about the tragedy at Columbine High School, April20 1999. The author has definitely dug into the case, it‘s a very well balanced, non hysterical account of not just the shooters & the event itself, but also the victims, their families & the whole community that it impacted. I‘m Australian, I will never get the obsession with guns in the US, to me it seems simple, stricter gun control.🤷🏻‍♀️

Lesanne It seems simple to some of us Americans as well, but.....🤷🏻‍♀️ Very frustrating! 2y
AmyG I don‘t get it either. 😢 2y
marleed Years ago, we sponsored a Japanese student and took her with us to a home NYE dinner. The other couples were all military and Tomoko asked them about Americans and their need to possess guns. One guy explained to her that at the very heart of our culture, Americans are cowboys with an innate need for a gun. I‘ve never lived in a home with a gun, but never forgot how this officer explained America to a curious foreign exchange student. (edited) 2y
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Lizpixie @Lesanne @AmyG @marleed I‘ve just been watching what‘s happening in Boulder and I‘m heartbroken for all the families. Cowboys or not, assault rifles have no place in society. At all! It‘s depressing that 22yrs later, Colorado is mourning once again😢 2y
marleed @Lizpixie I agree. And every time this happens all those who‘ve been so viscously hunted -because they were hunted- and somehow survived, are forced to live their own personal horror all over again. My bff‘s daughter was 15 yrs old and in the cafeteria on the day of the Columbine shooting. I wish I could wrap my arms around her every time this happens because I know she is reliving her horror. 2y
Lizpixie @marleed I‘m so so sorry for your friends daughter. As I said, as an Aussie I cannot even comprehend the horror of having a gun pointed at me. I wouldn‘t even let my boys have toy ones & the hubby stopped hunting when we got together coz I hate them so much. My heart and thoughts go to all of you❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Dcueto
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It‘s on the rising 9th grade summer reading list and one of my pumpkins insisted I read it, lending me her copy

Tattooedteacher It‘s likely a rough one, but I love when my kids recommend book to me. 2y
Amiable It‘s very well written, but an emotionally difficult read. 2y
Dcueto @Tattooedteacher I can definitely see that. 2y
Dcueto @Amiable I‘m having a tough time, but it is a good book 2y
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Rach-Reads
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This book uses masterful reporting to tell the stories behind the hearts and souls involved in the 1999 school shooting. I have never read a book so vivid and nuanced that was non-fiction.

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@AprilMae Thank you so much for the gift! Can‘t wait to read this one and dig into these tasty treats! Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘

@candority Thanks so much for organizing!! ❤️

AprilMae Yay! So glad you like it❤ 2y
candority Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💖 2y
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Write a 2-3 sentence summary of what you read today.

Sofia.Aniceto132 In chapter 4 of my book the Baudelaires have meet their neighbor Justice Strauss, she had showed them here library and told them they were welcome whenever. She is helping do groceries because their new parent Count Olaf had brought home his friends for dinner and asked for them to cook them roast beef. 2y
JohnKiefer Fullmetal Alchemist chap 1 introduces us to 2 brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric who are on a quest to find the philosopher's stone as it has the power to make any object. They stopped at a town but quickly saw the priest of the town using a philosopher stone. The 2 boys went after him but was attacked by him as he didn't want his secret to be revealed but Edward's clothing got ripped during the attack revealing a hand made out of metal. 2y
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I can see why this is such a classic, hard but important to read. It‘s interesting reading after Parkland by the same author, and how in Parkland he made such a specific effort not to psychoanalyse or get into the killer‘s motives following doing that here. I can see both wise of why he moved away from doing that, afraid it would drive hero worship, but also why it was so fascinating and effective to do.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Clwojick Another one that‘s been on my TBR for a while. Glad you enjoyed it! 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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This was difficult to read even after all these years. 16 pts for #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick #bookspinbingo square @TheAromaofBooks
I read 4 hours today for #outstandingOctober @Andrew65

Andrew65 I bet it was. Well done on completing it. 👏👏👏 2y
Lovesbooks87 This was a difficult read. After I read this I read (edited) 2y
Clwojick Well done! 2y
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JenReadsAlot @Lovesbooks87 I listened to that when it came out. Also difficult. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress! 2y
peaknit This was a heartbreaking one, but so important. 2y
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1. In Wisconsin they are starting to change and love the colors.
2. Pumpkin spice everything!
3. Tagged now and a bunch of books for #scarathlon2020
Thanks for the tag @Sace @MoonWitch94
@peaknit #thoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ✨🧡🍂 2y
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Happy #scarathlon2020 ya'll! I work all day so not much reading but my first pick #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick 1 pt.

Clwojick I work an evening shift tonight, and I am not looking forward to it! I‘d rather stay home and read all day. 😆 2y
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Read. This. Book.

CuriousG I agree - this is a must read for everyone. I thought I was educated on the topic but found out how little I really knew 2y
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Well, this was a tough one to listen to... but absolutely amazing.

The chronology of the book really worked, with sections looking back to before the shootings, then more current events, then back to the actual day, revealing new information each time.

I felt that Cullen did a great job in presenting a factual but sympathetic portrayal of what happened that day and why, and I really liked the narrator too.

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ravenlee I remember when this had been out for about a year, I was working at BN and one of my coworkers read it. She kept telling me how she didn‘t know anything about Columbine. I was amazed - it was my senior year of high school and I remembered it very strongly. How could she not? Well, because she was 11 and living in Guam at the time...first time I truly realized our age difference. 2y
squirrelbrain It‘s amazing though @ravenlee how many people *aren‘t* aware of recent historical events. 2y
Cathythoughts 5 stars ! I know what I‘ll get when I have a new audible credit ❤️👍🏻 2y
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squirrelbrain I hope you‘ll like it @Cathythoughts - it‘s a tough listen but so worth it. 2y
Kalalalatja It is such a tough book 💔 but very good! 2y
Caroline2 This has been on my tbr list for ages. It sounds like a tough read but very well written. 2y
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Tough to come up with words for this one. I remember it when it happened, but so much of this was new information. I appreciated the extra insight even though it did give me the chills.

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While this was a difficult and dark read — I think it is an eye opening and possibly even necessary one. My students really took to this book and so I knew I was going to have to read it eventually to see what drew students to it — especially considering they weren‘t even alive when this book happened! Book 4. #BookSpin #BookSpinBonanza

TheAromaofBooks A tough but good read! 3y
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A seriously great piece of objective reporting with factual information. Cullen is truly a master of his genre and this book is so important. It couldn‘t be done any better. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

KellyHerself This was so good. Heartbreaking and good. 3y
Megabooks Totally agree!! 3y
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This was my last read in Feb. for #Nonfiction2020. I graduated from high school in May 1999 and I can vividly remember when this took place. This book hit me harder than I thought it would and those anxieties I felt as a high school kid came flooding back as I read.

This is a difficult book, but an important book. Sadly school shootings are too common now. 😞 Cullen does a great job of handling a sensitive subject.

@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This book has been on my read list for awhile now, still not sure I‘m ready to tackle it though. 3y
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HighLadyoftheStacks
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Finished this one a couple of days ago and I‘m honestly still reeling a little bit. Well written, researched, and overall a perfect example of non-fiction. It is also the most important book I‘ve read in the last five years.

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I feel like I‘ve been listening to this book for months. I haven‘t given 5 ⭐️s to this & 2 other books about gun violence, even though they‘re very good. I think it‘s just the subject matter & length. I learned more than I thought I would & can see why it‘s so popular. It gives facts & dispels the myths. I was bothered by several stories—how some churches “recruited” after, the police cover-up, the police leaving victims outside overnight, etc.

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20 years later and the memories of Columbine are no less painful. This is an extensive report debunking many myths, misconceptions and reports that surfaced during and after the terrible tragedy. While we can never make sense from such a senseless and cruel act of madness it was inspiring to read some survivors stories of recovery & forgiveness. Every student, teacher and family member should be considered a survivor as this crime affected all.

nelehelen This one wrecked me! 😭 3y
BarbaraBB Beautiful review 😢 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve heard Parkland is more uplifting and I‘m hoping to read it in 2020 @nelehelen @BarbaraBB 3y
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TrishB I think too real life sad for me 😢 3y
Bklover I read this and found it fascinating! How the press got so many things wrong in their haste to be fast was incredible. And having worked in a high school for years I thought it interesting seeing the differences now in how school security is handled. So much we learned from Columbine. I‘m looking forward to reading Parkland too. The book by Sue Klebold was very moving as well. 3y
alisiakae I can‘t believe it was 20 years ago 😢 3y
Kalalalatja Great review! 3y
Prairiegirl_reading @Bklover after reading Columbine I thought I would like to hear the story from her perspective but I think I need a while after reading this one. 3y
Amiable I read “Parkland” earlier this year. For some reason that I can‘t quite put my finger on, I thought it didn‘t quite have the same emotional resonance as “Columbine.” Or maybe we‘re all just so numb from myriad school shootings nowadays. 😢 It ‘s still really good, though. 3y
Amiable @Bklover Sue Klebold‘s book was mesmerizing and heartbreaking—I agree. 3y
DebinHawaii I read this one last year & listened Sue Klebold‘s book shortly after & both were incredible. Difficult to read but worth it. I recently bought Parkland on Kindle as it is $2.99 & will read it during January. 3y
Scochrane26 I‘ve had this on hold for awhile. Will prob come in Jan-feb. 3y
Cinfhen Thanks for the heads up @DebinHawaii I just bought Parkland for $2.99 on Kindle💞I read Sue Klebold‘s memoir last year and found it very moving. This was a perfect companion @Bklover @4thhouseontheleft @Kalalalatja @Prairiegirl_reading @Amiable @Scochrane26 and helped to fill in lots of blanks. 3y
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen You are welcome. Glad you got the deal. 👍 3y
Bklover Thanks from me too @DebinHawaii ! I just bought the kindle Parkland too! 3y
Bklover @Prairiegirl_reading I took about a two year break before I could handle the Sue Klebold book. 3y
DebinHawaii @Bklover Yay! 🎉You‘re welcome! 😉 3y
Reviewsbylola Such a great book but so difficult. 😣 3y
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