We need to talk about kevin book review

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we need to talk about kevin book review

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The gripping international bestseller about motherhood gone awry.

Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevins horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

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I've been holding off on watching a screener copy ever since I decided to review the book for Badass Digest. It turns out that Siberia doesn't have much in the way of nightlife and those Wakefield fuckers sure as hell don't help. I have no idea what has made it into the film, so if I belabor a point that never makes it into the movie, I apologize in advance. Also, you guys all know this is a book about a kid who commits a mass murder at his school, right? I only ask because my boyfriend told me this weekend that the reason he'd never read the book was that he assumed it was a heartwarming tale about a mother's love for her autistic son.

A starred or boxed review indicates a book of outstanding quality. A review with a blue-tinted title indicates a book of unusual commercial interest that hasn't received a starred or boxed review. A number of fictional attempts have been made to portray what might lead a teenager to kill a number of schoolmates or teachers, Columbine style, but Shriver's is the most triumphantly accomplished by far.
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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver - Review

Books seldom feel as contemporary as this one. Set against the farce of the counting of the votes in the US presidential elections, We Need To Talk About Kevin tells the story of a high-school massacre, similar to that at Columbine. And it asks the question all America has asked itself: why? However, it is not the novel's ostensible subject matter that has made it an underground success in the US. Told through letters from the killer's mother, Eva, to her absent husband, Franklin, the book explores the trials of maternity and the traumatic impact it can have on a marriage. As such it has been hailed as taboo-breaking, but it is difficult to see why. Anyone who has ever expected a baby, or even just opened a pregnancy book, will be familiar with the anxieties associated with preparing for parenthood.

It is written from the first person perspective of the teenage killer's mother, Eva Khatchadourian, and documents her attempt to come to terms with her son Kevin and the murders he committed, as told in a series of letters from Eva to her husband. The novel, Shriver's 7th, won the Orange Prize , a U. In the novel was adapted into a film. In the wake of a school massacre by Kevin, the year-old son of Franklin Plaskett and Eva Khatchadourian, Eva writes letters to Franklin. In these letters, she relates the history of her relationship with her husband, and the events of Kevin's life up to the killings, and her thoughts concerning their relationship.


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