Columbine by Dave Cullen
Warning: This review is about the Columbine School Massacre. This is not a fiction story. It is a sensitive subject matter and this book has touched me deeply.
Columbine. It is one word that brings forth 1,000 memories. Do you remember it? Do you remember where you were when you first heard? The Columbine shooting is one of those things you remember – much like when there was an assassination attempt on a president, or Princess Diana’s death. This is an event that will stay with us forever.
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dlyan Klebold, students of Columbine High school, came to school like any other day. Except, this wasn’t any other day. Dressed in black trench coats, carrying sawed of shotguns and carrying bombs, they had a plan. The plan was to take out as many students as possible, the bombs were suppose to take out entire floors of the school and by doing so eliminate most of the student body. When this horrible event concluded, 12 students were left dead, one teacher, and 24 other students were injured.
Dave Cullen’s book takes us as the reader behind the scenes. We learn about the two boys, Dylan and Eric. Their lives, their friendships, their families, and the planning of the event long before it took place, the signs – on-line, in journals, in their rooms, on their computers… all missed.
my heart ached as I read this book. I wept several times during this read. At times I was angry, and I hurt for the families, the students, and the parents of Dylan and Eric. There are parts of this book where tears streamed down my face. I can only imagine…
It’s hard to describe this book. There are no spoilers to reveal… we all know what happened. The right words…. escape me. I think I can say that I appreciated this read. Knowing more about what happened that day was and is, of interest to me . I am thankful that I read this. My heart breaks again for each and every victim and their families. Dave Cullen writes with a compassionate pen and this is a book that will stay with me for a long time.
I borrowed this book from our local library