24 September 2008 ~ 1 Comment

(Book) We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver


While I agree that someone needed to talk about Kevin (and TO HIM – oh 15 years earlier or so), I wonder if we really needed to talk about him THIS much. I found myself screaming sometimes in the beginning of this book “NO! We do NOT need to talk about Kevin! Shut up!” The first half of this book could have easily been cut by 75%. It’s meandering and I only finished it because I wanted to know the ending. I hated the main characters in this book (except for the daughter). The mother’s ambivalence, the father’s blindness, the son’s – well, everything about him. I wanted to smack that child, deck the mother and castrate the father. The book made me very angry. Can you tell?

Once you get past the first half, things really pick up – esp those last 80 pages or so. The author just spends too much time getting us there. I think part of me knew the “twist” ending, but I didn’t want to know it, so I was surprised. I, honestly, am not 100% sure I’d recommend the book, HOWEVER, this would be a really really great book club book. Conversation inducing. I probably won’t recommend it to my club because I don’t wanna read the blasted thing again.


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 Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklyn. 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.

One Response to “(Book) We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver”

  1. Breeni Books 26 September 2008 at 2:46 am Permalink

    Heehee…thanks for the giggle. Love the honesty!

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