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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003)

de Lionel Shriver

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7,8013961,140 (4.09)1 / 713
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.… (mais)
  1. 81
    Nineteen Minutes de Jodi Picoult (bnbookgirl, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these novels are about school shootings and the alienated teenage boys responsible for them. 'We need to talk about Kevin' depicts the complex relationships within the shooter's family, whereas 'Nineteen minutes' focuses on the larger community affected by the event.… (mais)
  2. 81
    Columbine de Dave Cullen (GCPLreader)
  3. 60
    The Fifth Child de Doris Lessing (christiguc, humppabeibi, kjuliff)
    christiguc: Both are books that explore the nature vs. nurture question in disturbing situations.
  4. 50
    Before and After de Rosellen Brown (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both of these novels tell haunting, harrowing stories about the family relationships of teenage boys who commit unthinkable crimes: in 'We need to talk about Kevin' a school shooting, and in 'Before and after' a teenager's murder of his girlfriend.… (mais)
  5. 62
    Defending Jacob de William Landay (arielfl, Booksloth)
    arielfl: Both books are about bad seed boys who murder and who have mothers who have an inkling about their true nature and with fathers who deny, deny, deny.
  6. 30
    The Hour I First Believed de Wally Lamb (freddlerabbit)
  7. 30
    Hey Nostradamus! de Douglas Coupland (verenka)
    verenka: Both books deal with the aftermath of school shootings but from different perspectives.
  8. 10
    The Wrong Mother de Sophie Hannah (JeaniusOak)
    JeaniusOak: Both novels explore difficult themes surrounding Motherhood.
  9. 10
    The Dinner de Herman Koch (INTPLibrarian)
    INTPLibrarian: Disturbed child and parents dealing with it. Both with twists / unexpected parts.
  10. 10
    A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy de Sue Klebold (TheLittlePhrase)
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This was a wonderful yet disturbing book that raised some very interesting questions. I greatly enjoyed how it was written and was so wrapped up in Kevin and his mother’s relationship that I never saw the ending coming. I went through so many emotions reading this as well. Frustration, anger, sadness, surprise, disgust, understanding...I don’t cry often reading books but I did a few times while reading this one. Ultimately, though, I would have enjoyed it much more had the writing seemed more...realistic? Less sophisticated? I’m not sure what the right word is but I felt like the author was trying to “show off” her vocabulary skills, as ridiculous as that may sound. It was just all so excessive. Additionally, I have a hard time believing someone would write letters in that fashion...especially in 1999/2000. Anyhow, the extravagant descriptions and the somewhat drawn out ramblings that popped up throughout the book caused my interest to sway here and there. Overall it was a story worth reading. ( )
  jbrownleo | Mar 27, 2024 |
UGH, not for me. Didn't get very far. Took a month before I gave up on it. ( )
  73pctGeek | Mar 5, 2024 |
I came late to this book . . . because I hated the cover (not the one shown above, by the way). Glad I overcame that. So brilliant, and so, so dark. Painful, haunting. I wanted to kill Kevin myself, long before he offed his classmates and . . . others. I had read another book by her, which was also dark and painful and so very good. Anyway, highly recommended but not at all easy. ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
Not sure if this is a 2* or a 4* book. Don't feel it deserves a bland 3 - sometimes a 2 is better than a 3.

On the positives, the book is very engrossing. The two main characters (one the narrator) are nicely defined and complex. It's an interesting topic, and there is a good, page-turn-inducing sense of menace growing steadily.

On the downsides... Well, it's frankly unbelievable. Some of the reactions of people to the more... unusual events seem ludicrous, and that in turn makes other people's reactions to their reactions ludicrous. I feel that Shriver was trying to walk a line between foreshadowing, without undermining the plot, and I don't think she succeeded.

I think the book would have been more resonant, more powerful without the big school shooting. There is no suggestion that this is supposed to help understand why people commit such atrocities - each seems to be considered as sui generis (although banal in its unoriginality, and the predictability that they will reoccur). No, the book is more about bringing up a difficult and disturbing child, and I feel would have been better left at that. But, and this may be a trifle unfair no Shriver, that would have been less headline-grabbing.

I'm also not convinced of how realistic it is that Kevin's behaviour and psycopathic tendencies - kinda obvious as they are here - would have been undetected or ignored for so long. Again, Shriver seems to want to have her cake and eat it here.

Finally, I feel there's supposed to be a big reveal, but it was telegraphed so far in advance that it's not surprising when it happens (which I wouldn't mind, except it was built up so much). Again - I think I see the balance she was going for, but feel she missed it by a wide margin. Which, isn't a bad summation of how I feel about the book in general.
  thisisstephenbetts | Nov 25, 2023 |
This book was, ...whew, well to say it was good or enjoyable doesn't quite fit, though it is stunningly well written in a technical sense. The reading certainly isn't "enjoyable", the whole thing extracts a toll on you even as you eagerly, apprehensively turn the next page, it is a profoundly searing, moving book, and as if by magic, the trauma on the pages wounds you as well. Lionel Shriver's prose is inspired and lambent and her skill for unsettling and unnerving, for taking a simple scene you're familiar with and turning it into a nightmare, is absolute. By all means read this book, but do not read it lightly, it will affect you, it will make you consider the worst case scenarios of parenting and relationships in general. ( )
  Autolycus21 | Oct 10, 2023 |
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A powerful, gripping and original meditation on evil
adicionado por ddematthews | editarNew Statesman, Amanda Craig (Jun 6, 2005)
 
At a time when fiction by women has once again been criticised for its dull domesticity, here is a fierce challenge of a novel by a woman that forces the reader to confront assumptions about love and parenting, about how and why we apportion blame, about crime and punishment, forgiveness and redemption and, perhaps most significantly, about how we can manage when the answer to the question why? is either too complex for human comprehension, or simply non-existent.
adicionado por ddematthews | editarThe Independent, Lisa Gee (Apr 7, 2005)
 
The epistolary method Shriver uses, letters to Eva's absent husband, strains belief, yet ultimately that's not what trips us up. It's Eva's relentless negativity that becomes boring and repetitive in the first half of the book, the endless recounting of her loss of svelteness, her loss of freedom.
adicionado por stephmo | editarSalon.com, Barbara O'Dair (Aug 12, 2004)
 
Maybe there are books to be written about teenage killers and about motherhood, but this discordant and misguided novel isn't one of them.
adicionado por stephmo | editarThe Guardian, Sarah A. Smith (Nov 15, 2003)
 
A little less, however, might have done a lot more for this book. A guilt-stricken Eva Khatchadourian digs into her own history, her son's and the nation's in her search for the responsible party, and her fierceness and honesty sustain the narrative; this is an impressive novel, once you get to the end.

adicionado por Waldheri | editarNew York Times, Matthew Flamm (Aug 3, 2003)
 

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Shriver, LionelAutorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Calzada, JavierTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Cartano, FrancoiseTraductionautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Frick-Gerke, ChristineTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Jiménez, Javier CalzadaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Koch, SaraTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Komló, ZoltánTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Mosse, KateIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Predoiu, IoanaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ribeiro, VeraTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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.

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