We need to talk about Kevin

They should have talked about Kevin before it was too late.We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver- bookerina.com book review

They should have talked about Kevin before it was too late.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

Marriage and parenting should be life’s ultimate bliss… right? But what if your child is acting like a sociopath. And what if your husband doesn’t believe you? This is the situation that Eva Khatchdourian finds herself in. Ever since he was a baby, Kevin rejected his mother and tricked his father into thinking he was just a normal boy.

This book consists of letters that Eva sends to Franklin, her husband after he left her. In it, she comes clean to Franklin about all of the incidents surrounding Kevin that she never told him about.

They should have talked about Kevin before it was too late.We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver- bookerina.com book review

THE MOMENT OF TRAGEDY

The book starts slowly, showing us the perfectly happy life that Eva and Franklin had before having kids. Eva used to travel around the world, growing her business. One night Eva thought Franklin died after he fails to show up home on time. She makes a spur of the moment to have a baby with Franklin, which she immediately regrets. After Kevin’s birth, Eva regularly wonders if her reluctance to have him could be the reason why Kevin can’t bond with her. Later on, their daughter is born, and the distance between Eva and Franklin grows even larger.

One event after another starts to happen, and Eva is the only person who can see that Kevin is responsible. One day, Kevin kills his classmates and teacher, and Eva’s life will never be the same.

They should have talked about Kevin before it was too late.We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver- bookerina.com book review

LIFE AFTER ‘THAT’ THURSDAY

Eva faces the hate of the town, especially of the parents of the kids that were killed. But she shows what a strong person she is, by carrying on with her life. She still visits Kevin in the juvenile facility where he is held, even though is pains her. She feels like she is responsible for the tragedy, trying to figure out what she could have done differently.

They should have talked about Kevin before it was too late.We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver- bookerina.com book review

WHAT I THOUGHT:

This book took me forever to read. Mostly because it was so dark and kind of depressing to go through, that it was best consumed in small quantities. However, it was worth the thought-provoking read through and through.

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