• Rachel Penate

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

TITLE: Columbine

AUTHOR: Dave Cullen

PUBLISHER: Hachette Publishing Group


STARS: ★★★★★

SUMMARY: “What really happened on April 20,1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we ‘know’ is wrong. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, Cullen draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words to paint a raw portrait of the killers and the starkly different resilience and redemption among the survivors.” (Adapted from Goodreads)

REVIEW: WOW… The end.

Hah! Just kidding… BUT REALLY: “WOW” is the most accurate descriptor for this book. I have seen this cover floating around Instagram and have wanted to pick it up for a while — as Columbine is seared into my childhood memory — but I did NOT expect it to be this riveting.

Flipping back and forth in a unique chronological way: between the chronological hours of April 20, 1999 and then the chronological hours of all that came after/ all that came before, this book was utterly compulsive.

★ Dave Cullen is a journalist but writes with the air of prolific author, crafting a haunting and theatrical mystery. While he does tend toward the embellished at times, his work is primarily unbiased and this book is one I won’t ever forget.★

Overall, a book I would ABSOLUTELY recommend if you feel you are in the right emotional cavity to handle the content within.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: School shooting, sudden tragic loss, suicide, & explicit language.

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