Monday, May 28, 2012

Book It - We Need To Talk About Kevin

This week’s featured book:

We Need To Talk About Kevin
Author: Lionel Shriver


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.

My Comments:

This is one of the most thought-provoking and hauntingly disturbing books I’ve ever read. It’s a book that stays with you long after you’re done with it. The big question you’ll ask yourself as the story progresses is “Are people born evil or are they made that way?” It’s the age-old debate of nature vs. nurture. Was Kevin born this way, or was he a product of his environment? Should his mother take the blame for how he turned out, or was he predisposed to his antisocial behaviour? And if he was predisposed, was there anything she could have done to prevent or modify it? Read the story and see what conclusion you come up with.


  1. This sounds like a Disturbing book! I bet it would make a good movie (if it hasn't already.)

    1. It was disturbing, but it was also a great read. Really makes you think. There is a movie made that we just recently watched, and although it wasn't too bad, it wasn't as good as the book. But then, movies hardly ever are.