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“It's a mark of a brilliant writer when she can vocalise, express and describe deep, obscure and hard-to-explain yet very real feelings the reader has, with such perfect accuracy that the reader experiences epiphany after epiphany of self awareness. Lionel Shriver has this amazing gift and is...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“With such an interesting topic and some parts of this book being as gripping as they were, I don't know how Shriver managed to put forth such an otherwise boring book.
“Review #1: I have finished 31% of the book, “We Need to Talk about Kevin”. This story is a series of letters sent by mother to her ex-husband, discussing their life together and their son, who caused a massacre at a school and murdered some people. I am enjoying this book because the voice of the narrator gives you deep emotion that allows you feel her pain. She talks about how she expected her life to be so different then it is now, and you predict that the narrator is a genuinely sad person. However, this book is quite challenging because of the hard vocabulary words, but I am enjoying the story regardless and try to look up the words I don’t know.”Kenda B wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book. It was about a school shooting, but written from the perspective of the shooters mother. A bit twisted, but so honest. A great book, but I heard the movie stinks!”Julie H wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very good”squeejyweejy wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have to admit, I picked up this book from the library shelf just because the title seemed familiar, but I'm so happy I did.
Very wittily written, this 2003 Orange Prize winner has been a montagne-russe of feelings for me from start to end. I guess a lot of women can relate to Eva Katchadourian's story, at least fragments of it, helping you analyze your own self from different points of view as a wife, a mother, a daughter and a businesswoman.
This is not a chick flick, as some might think, but the bits and pieces often considered "boring" or "redundant" add a great deal to the story, completing the psychological profiles of the people important in Eva's life.”
“A great, gripping read. Chilling. Horrifying. After 150 pages, I could not put it down, and had to finish reading to the end. The story follows a woman named Eva who debates having a child with her husband, and then takes the plunge and gets pregnant. She ends up birthing a sociopath (Kevin), a child who cannot love her or feel gratitude for anything. This particular sociopath feels pleasure only by causing others to suffer, making him a nightmare child on so many levels... there can be nothing more horrible in life than to give birth to such a child. Especially because Kevin goes on a killing spree three days before his 16th birthday. The story builds to that day, leading you closer and closer to an absolutely horrifying conclusion. This is an excellent book. So well written. So incredibly horrifying. So full of humanity. ”Booklover Zen wrote this review Thursday, November 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just couldn't get through this one. Too slow. The way she writes was difficult for me to read. ”Dawn wrote this review Monday, November 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Recommended to me by my local librarian. I like novels about quirky dysfunctional families (I wonder why), but this one was way too far out on the edge. It may be the companion novel to "Far From the Tree" but taken to extreme. ”Kos66 wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a great book. I didn't see the twist in the end coming.....
Thought provoking and highly recommended - couldn't stop thinking about it.”
“Heartbreaking story. This family is the exception not the rule. But, the story might be a wakeup call for disfunctional families.”Pam K wrote this review Thursday, September 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No