We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver

We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver

I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2005. And I completely agree that this book deserves awards.

Eva’s son orchestrated a school massacre when he was fifteen years old. Eva, in letters to her husband, is working through Kevin’s childhood, seeking to understand what happened. Eva didn’t really want to have children; she didn’t like Kevin from birth. She doesn’t come across as a sympathetic person, and I yet I did sympathize with her. Her life is a living nightmare.

I loved this book. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and have been struggling with writing this review. I think the less I say, the better.  The experience was one of pure intellectual stimulation. I like Shriver’s writing style, though it is dense and sometimes more intricate than necessary. Also, the epistolary form, though stretched thin at times, worked for me. Even though the subject matter was not particularly pleasant, the book was. It definitely packed an emotional punch. It’s not a book I’ll soon forget.

I read this book for the Online Book Club over at Everyday I Write the Book Blog and for the Book Awards II Challenge.

We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver [rating:5]

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