Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens - until a student enters the local high school with an arsenal of guns and starts shooting, changing the lives of everyone inside and out. The daughter of the judge sitting ...
on the case is the state's best witness - but she can't remember what happened in front of her own eyes. Or can she?
Peter was a sad character. He was the target of bully since kindergarten. He was kind and sensitive, but since he was not athletic and strong, he became unpopular as a teenager. He was under high expectation from his parents, because his elderPeter was a sad character. He was the target of bully since kindergarten. He was kind and sensitive, but since he was not athletic and strong, he became unpopular as a teenager. He was under high expectation from his parents, because his elder brother was brilliant but got killed in a car accident.
Josie was the only accompany for Peter since they were still kids. However, as she grew, Josie wanted to fit in with other children. That’s why she started to withdraw from Peter. The hatred and pressure accumulated in Peter and finally on a school day, he went into the school and killed 10 people and wounded numerous in nineteen minutes. Josie was also suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In the court, the hard time endured by Peter was revealed. Although the defense lawyer was not able to save him, the actual killer of Matt, Josie’s boyfriend, was uncovered.
The book was a bit long, but the details of parenting, emotions and character descriptions were very fine. The ending was also surprising.
“She let the conversation flow around her, as if she were a stone in a river.” “The best thing is what you think should be done. The rightest thing is what needs to be done – when you think not just of you and how you feel, but also the extra stuff – who else is involved, and what’s happened before, and what the rules say.” “If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn’t be filled?” “Difference is not always respected – particularly when you’re a teenager. Adolescence is about fitting in, not standing out.” “Imagine how much less it took to destroy something than it did to build it in the first place.” “Something still exists as long as there’s someone around to remember it.”