Violent Ends by Shaun David HutchinsonViolent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

Violent Ends

byShaun David Hutchinson, Neal Shusterman, Brendan Shusterman

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

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In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, seventeen of the most recognizable YA writers—including Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Beth Revis—come together to share the viewpoints of a group of students affected by a school shooting.

It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto the school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.

But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day.

This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, playing saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates.

Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.
Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of The Deathday Letter, fml, and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. Other contributing authors include Neal and Brendan Shusterman, Beth Revis, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Courtney Summers, Kendare Blake, Delilah S. Dawson, Steve Brezenoff, Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz, Blythe Woolston, Trish Doller, Mi...
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Title:Violent EndsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481437453

ISBN - 13:9781481437455

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good book This book was the first mental illness novel I have ever read, and it got me out of a large reading slump. Regardless of how it represented, the subject matter was moving and I felt naturally connected with the story. Very good, everyone should have to read a book like this.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy I didn't enjoy this book, which is rare for me as I try and find the good within the flaws of every book I read. The main character was just plain mean and I couldn't connect with her or any of the other characters really. No one actually resolved anything or faced their issues. The story was overly complicated yet too simple for the premise I feel it was trying to portray. The writing style was good and the pacing was too, but overall, it wasn't my thing. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Random by Tom Leveen I'm not sure how I felt about this one. Mostly because I really hated the main character. Because she was a bully and didn't see it in herself. Because she made excuses for her behavior. Because I don't know that she ever really understands what it is that she did, even at the end. But that's the point. So maybe I liked it. It was such a different take: the bully's perspective. And I think I expected the author to make me sympathize or empathize with her, but...that's not what happened. So anyway, this was an interesting read for me, because I just really hated the main character and wanted to shake her.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Party by Tom Leveen I think the premise of this novel was very promising and the climax and falling action were both great, but the writing was, for the most part, not so good. The style through some of the chapters was just plain awful; I understand the author was trying to capture the way teens think, but literally putting in "or whatever," "or something," and other sayings similar every couple of sentences is not necessary. It was actually aggravating and distracting. Two of the characters were also utterly annoying and had no redeemable qualities or likeable characteristics. One of them was pretty prevalent in the story, also, so it's not so simple to ignore her. Most of the characters were two-dimensional and, while plenty were in a complete position to hold so much more depth, never achieved anything more than serving the purpose of pushing along the story. For most of them, they were practically interchangeable which did nothing to help the reader get attached or want to learn more. I found myself actually dreading reading the rest of this book when I wasn't even halfway done; even after the great climax, I still wasn't that interested to find out what happened to the characters. The ending seemed pretty unrealistic in the sense that it was too perfect; everyone got the best possible scenario, which never happens and hurt the novel's potential touch with reality. Overall, if this book had been edited much heavier and if the author had allowed for a greater exploration with his characters, the novel would have been a great addition to the YA genre.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Random A very flawed heroine, she often isn’t sympathetic which makes her hard to love but she is realistic. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was expecting more I wouldn't say that this book is not good, but it is not the best book I have read. The fact the story is told from different perspectives is interesting but something difficult to understand. I didn't find a link through the book. The subject of the book itself is really interesting. A good book, but not the best. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this I was very surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. Each characters stories connected very well and I enjoyed all the different pov's.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Violent Ends was an interesting and engaging read despite my expectations being skewed towards something else. Review Trigger warning: abuse, suicidal thoughts, suicide, eating disorders Violent Ends is a novel about a school shooting. Its told from 17 different perspectives written by different authors. I went into this novel expecting each chapter to focus on a different aspect of the shooting. Different characters' perspectives and experiences color the way one perceives and reacts to an event, so I expected something much different than what I got in Violent Ends. As mentioned previously, each chapter has a different writing style (since they're written by different authors) and format (transition from past to present, linear narrative, etc.). These differences create a unique reading experience as you read about the same event over and over. However, Some of the chapters didn't even deal with the shooting. It dealt with a character's interactions with the shooter before the shooting. As interesting as it was to see the shooter from multiple different perspectives, it wasn't what I was expecting so I didn't enjoy it was much as I could have. What I loved most about this book was its ability to communicate the helplessness everyone feels following an event as traumatic as a shooting. People are desperate for answers, emotionally confused, and lost. All of this is heightened as a teenager and this is represented clearly throughout the entire novel. Overall, Violent Ends was an interesting and engaging read despite my expectations being skewed towards something else. This is the first school shooting novel I've ever read and I think they're a necessity. Reading should broaden your horizons and make you feel something you're never felt before and Violent Ends accomplished that. My only complaint is that I wish it would have focused more on the actual shooting.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One night. One party. In Tom Leveen's debut novel, Party, the lives of eleven teenagers revolve around- you guessed it- one beautiful night in Santa Barbara at one party. Not your usual type of novel, instead of chapters, it's broken down into the points of views of the eleven characters. It's an interesting take and definitely proves to be effective, drawing your interest in right from the get-go. It's all about viewpoint in this novel and how one character feels or sees another. They're different types of people, with their own personalities and histories, but on this night, all of them will be connected in ways they never expected. Beckett, Morrigan, Tommy, Brent, Daniel, Azize, Ryan, Anthony, Josh, Max, and Ashley- for them, this one party is so much more that end of the school year bash. One doesn't want to feel so invisible, one wants to confront their ex, and another wants to finally talk to the girl he's been crushing on, to name a few. Since the setting takes place over such a short amount of time, there's only so much that can be fitted in... but I never felt bored in any way. The author does a great job showcasing the interactions between the characters. It was fascinating to see how each of them related to one another, finding the connection that either brought them together, or vice versa, tore them apart. In the end, it will be one night they'll never forget.
Date published: 2010-06-01

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Violent Ends

SURVIVAL INSTINCT

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You take off your belt.

And it happens again.

Editorial Reviews

*** “The storytelling is wonderfully intense and distinctive on such a difficult, tragic topic. Readers will be captivated, not wanting to put the book down, but also needing a break due to the extremely engaging, emotionally charged content of characters’ feelings and thoughts.”