Parkland by Dave Cullen
TITLE/AUTHOR: Parkland by Dave Cullen PUBLISHER: Harper (2019) GENRE: (Journalistic) Non-Fiction ★★★★☆ SUMMARY: “Parkland is a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting who pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders and launched the singular grassroots March for Our Lives movement.” (Adapted from Goodreads) REVIEW: I was first inspired by Dave Cullen’s writing when his book, COLUMBINE dramatically changed my viewpoint on biographical writing. Cullen’s style of reporting isn’t just “fact sharing” but a beautiful narrative of personal experience. PARKLAND was a no-brainer choice for me to follow up COLUMBINE, and man oh man, it was the perfect choice. While COLUMBINE primarily focuses on the day of the shooting and the perpetrators, PARKLAND focuses entirely on the inspiring actions of the victims after the shooting. Regardless of your political beliefs or thoughts on gun control, journeying with these Parkland teens in the year after their tragic school shooting was an inspiring process. Dave Cullen does a stand-up job of illustrating an incredible portrait of some amazing teens: at their core, they are good kids who just want the best for their school, community, and country. They are humble, hard-working, and gregarious, and I (honestly) want to be just them when I grow up! Overall, an excellent follow-up to COLUMBINE. I’d absolutely recommend if you enjoy journalistic-style biographies or were at all inspired by the #NeverAgain movement. SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Brief descriptions of the school shooting in Parkland, language.
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