Book 7: We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Book 7 is “We Need to Talk About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver.  A fabulous book, but a dark one, and not one that everyone would care to read.

  • Eva Khatchadourian goes from being a globe-trotting entrepreneur who owns her own company to a stay-at-home mom.  She may not be the world’s greatest mother, but then, a lot of women aren’t.  But their sons don’t carry out mass killings at their high school.
  • Eva tells her story in the form of letters to her estranged husband.  She is articulate, sarcastic, and darkly witty, and we are led in depth through her marriage and motherhood. She leaves out nothing, the good and the bad, about her son, her husband, and herself.
  • We are left with the question-Are some people innately evil and without conscious or do personal experiences dictate character? It asks the question Why… Why do people do such terrible things? But it cannot give us the answer because many times they themselves do not know.
  • This book was written in 2003 and won the Orange Prize. In 2011 it was adapted into a film.
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2 thoughts on “Book 7: We Need to Talk About Kevin

  1. I have read this book and was left with mixed feelings. I loved the book, but I don’t know if I would read it again. It is dark book and in some parts of the story my heart was breaking from the pure evil that kid had. This book left me with horror but I would recommend reading it.

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