My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
The bullets start flying after the principal’s welcome speech, taking out administration, teachers, and students alike. But the horror is only beginning as Tyler – the boy with the gun – takes the stage to address his truly captive audience. With the doors locked and anyone who ever wronged him trapped inside, Tyler has set the scene to make them pay.
And that list is long, as his life has not been easy. From the ex-girlfriend – who is outside, wondering if she should identify herself as such to the police – to the little sister who sought comfort in another girl instead of her brother after their mother’s death, Tyler has an agenda.
As tragedy unfolds in the auditorium, two unlikely heroes who had been cutting the assembly try to free those trapped inside by using their less-than-legal lock picking skills. It’s a day ringing with bullets, pain and suffering – for both the victims and the shooter.