Let's Talk!: Violent Ends by Various Authors

Monday, September 21, 2015

Violent Ends

Author: Various Authors
Pages: 384
Publishing by: Simon Pulse
Publishing on: September 1st 2015
It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn't a story about the shooting itself. This isn't about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim's viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he'd become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA's most recognizable names.

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I received this book in exchange for an via Edelweiss from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my opinions are altered by this. 

I can already tell this is going to be a pretty interesting review. It was definitely a more different book I usually read. When I first read the synopsis of this book on Edelweiss, I was immediately attracted to it. It was based off people who were going to be affected by the shooting and best of all, there were so many great authors that collaborated in this book. Violent Ends was a funny, emotional, and powerful book that just shows how positively or negatively someone can affect your life and they may not even know your name. All the characters in Violent Ends had such different backgrounds and personalities and I really enjoyed reading it.

Since this book had so many different characters-they all had such different characteristics-I honestly would be here writing an ESSAY about all the characters and you guys would get way too bored to even stay for the whole thing, so I'm going to talk about them as if they were a group of friends. I have said this so many times but I really loved how even though they all had different views and personalities, and backgrounds, they all had one thing in common: Kirby Matheson.

Now I'm going to talk about Kirby just for a second. Even though he was mentioned in all of the chapters of their characters, I still don't really know him and that is honestly okay because I don't think this book wasn't meant to get us to know the real Kirby Matheson, I can tell you one thing though: I do think I know the reason why he did what he did; he just didn't get enough care and love throughout his life. He feels like no one likes him and he feels neglected and that is honestly such a horrible feeling to live with, especially for 18 years. I mean his parents don't get along, he's been bullied as a child and teenager, and by the time he is 18 it becomes really hard for Kirby to just become a happy person. I read from a character Kirby cared about and I honestly felt so bad for him because of how Kirby was so gone. He has gone through such a tough life there was no easy way to get him to be a happy person anymore. It really upsets me because it's these little things in someone's life that can cause such horrible events like shootings or kidnappings.

Okay, so now that I have that out of the way-wait sorry hold on.
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As for the plot, each little chapter was so interesting because the author had such limited time to introduce us to the character and how they have been affected by Kirby. Each character had a different way Kirby affected them and I loved that. There was also the mystery of what time period the chapter would take place. It could ever be post-shooting, pre-shooting, or during the shooting. I really enjoyed the fact that the authors decided not to write this book about Kirby because of how short the plot would last and, it just made the book more enjoyable to read since it wasn't. We get to know a little about Kirby yeah but also about how hard one person can affect your life and they may not even know your name! The different styles of writing from each author was so great and I really enjoyed all the chapters.

I gave this book 5 stars because I enjoyed all the characters and the plot is really something special.
There are only a few things I want to discuss about this book that has spoilers so this hopefully shouldn't take long.

First, I find it really interesting on how this book starts and ends with Susanne and ends with the mention Susanne. I remember the character mentioning how he wrecked her scooter and I instantly remember the first chapter-Susanne. I also find it interesting on how this book is pre-shooting then ends with post-shooting. Ahhh I feel like that has such a deeper meaning but I really can't put my finger on it...If any of you know, do let me know. :D

One of the chapters that stuck out to me the most was the chapter with the gun and how it was written in the gun's point of view. I never expected something like that and I am actually really glad something like that was included because it was sooo cool to read about the gun.