Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!
I saw this book come across my desk as one of the new and notable books for teens. I decided to give it a try as an audiobook because it was read by the students who wrote the book.
This nonfiction book was created in the wake of the school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was after this tragic event that the school’s community was thrust into the public eye and found themselves in a position leadership on activism for gun control. This work is a compilation of a variety of essay and writings, as they relate to the victim’s experience on the day of the tragedy and the occurrences afterwards. This work encourages readers to find their own place of activism for their own personal issues. The teens address the problematic media presence in the wake of their tragedy, and the insensitive interviews and statements made afterwards.
I went back and forth about whether or not I wanted to review this book. Essentially, it is victims talking about their own story, so how can I critique it, either positively or negatively. I think this space should be allowed for teens to process their feelings related to this largely impactful event. However, it, like many other socially popular nonfiction books, seemed to be rushed and therefore not as polished as if it had spent more time being flushed out. It felt like a high school literary magazine, which is completely imperative for the MSD community, however, I don’t know if it is as polished as it could be for the greater national community. That being said, I appreciate their commentary on the situation and wish them the best.