That's Not What Happened by Kody KeplingerThat's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

That's Not What Happened

byKody Keplinger

Hardcover | August 28, 2018

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From New York Times bestseller Kody Keplinger comes an astonishing and thought-provoking exploration of the aftermath of tragedy, the power of narrative, and how we remember what we've lost.

It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story--that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it's not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did--and didn't--happen that day.

Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

Kody Keplinger grew up in a small Kentucky town. During her senior year of high school she wrote her debut novel, The DUFF, which is a New York Times bestseller, a USA Today bestseller, a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. It has since been adapted into a major motion picture. Kody is also the...
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Title:That's Not What HappenedFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.53 × 5.85 × 1.05 inShipping dimensions:8.53 × 5.85 × 1.05 inPublished:August 28, 2018Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1338186523

ISBN - 13:9781338186529

Appropriate for ages: 12

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: DNF Trigger Warning: Trauma from school shooting. Up till the point I read. I am a huge fan of Kody Keplinger! When I heard about this book I was so psyched. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it. Upon starting the book I realized that the story wasn't for me. I did some skimming and couldn't connect to any off the characters. After that I lost interest in the book. I do still recommend. I think this book is really important. Just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read about the horror of school shootings I received this arc at Book Expo 2018, but all opinions are my own. This novel looks at the aftermath of survivors of a fictional school shooting, 3 years on. Five of the survivors united to support one another, but the news that the parents of one of the victim's parents are writing a biography causes a rift to be exposed. This book looks at a lot of important issues with the 24 hr news cycle, creating a false narrative out of tragedy, the excessive focus on the shooter's motivations, ptsd for the survivors, and bestowing sainthood upon every victim. Because the book explores these issues, I would say it is worth the read. The story however, is a bit thin and predictable - still interesting, but the only recap of the shooting that surprised me was the one from Miles' perspective.
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense and Powerful 4.5 stars First, before I get into my thoughts on such an intense and powerful read, I have to put a disclaimer out there. As stated, this book is an intense and difficult read containing many triggers that necessitate a trigger warning. Some of these warnings are around topics such as: PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and Gun Violence. This list of warnings are just a brief list of some of the topics involved in this novel and if you are concerned with reading this book, I suggest to read a few different reviews and do your research prior to reading. It's better to be safe than sorry so if you are worried about your reaction to this book: do your research first. With that disclaimer aside, I have to say that although this was an extremely difficult story, it was very powerful and important. It exposes a topic and situation that unfortunately is becoming more and more frequent in the world that we live in. It's a fictional story that is terrifyingly realistic. In regards to this novel, and the topic in general, I think many people will have varying opinions. There are multiple discussions that can be created from a story like this whether it be surrounding gun violence and gun laws or the discussion surrounding the motivation/factors of that individual who committed this violence. It's a very, in-depth and controversial topic that many people have different opinions on. Overall, I think it's an extremely important read that is also very thought provoking. It's painfully emotional and very powerful but at its core it's just so important because these stories need to be told in the hopes that someday there will be a change. ***Thank you to Scholastic Canada for sending me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
Date published: 2018-09-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for New York Times bestselling author Kody KeplingerRun"Bo and Agnes' unlikely friendship rings true and strong." --Kirkus Reviews"A good unlikely friendship story with compelling characters and a nuanced portrait of disability and small-town life." --School Library Journal"There's plenty to recommend . . . though the most effective thing here remains Agnes' and Bo's voices and the strength of their realistically tumultuous relationship." --BooklistThe DUFF"[A] well-written, irreverent, and heartfelt debut." --Publishers Weekly"A complex, enemies-with-benefits relationship that the YA market has never seen before . . . Her snarky teen speak, true-to-life characterizations, and rollicking sense of humor never cease in her debut." --Kirkus Reviews"What's best here is Bianca's brazen voice. Even when confused, she is truer to herself than most." --BooklistLying Out Loud, a companion to The DUFF"Just like the recipients of Sonny's fibs, readers will find themselves duped by her creativity, unabashed courage, and hilarious snark. Until it all blows up. Fierce, fresh, total fun." --Kirkus Reviews"Readers will cringe as Sonny digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble, then applaud when she learns how to develop trust in her relationships with parents, friends, and of course, a hot romantic interest." --VOYA"Sonny is a realistic and very human character, and even though she is a liar, her motivations are all too believable." --School Library Journal