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Shooter

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers
Amistad
Release Date:May-11-2004

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8



Age Level
young adult

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Shooter is an intense coming of age piece telling the story of Leonard Gray. Leonard is a troubled teen who kills himself as well as another student. Leonard's story is told through interviews of his best friend Cameron, girl friend Carla, and Leonard's personal journal. The interviews are intended to tell how the "incident" could have been prevented and how future occurences can also be prevented.

Shooter is a book unlike any other that will keep your attention until the end. This novel makes you want to question what is really important in the life of a teenager. Shooter is not a book for the immature reader, but is a great choice if you are able to handle heavy themes. I highly recommend this suspenseful story.

Rating: 8



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"Shooter," the teen fiction book, by Walter Dean Myers is an authentic looking police package about a school shooting that happened at the fictional Madison High School in Harrison County. This mock threat analysis report contains interviews with the shooter's two closest friends (one an unrequited love interest), signed Miranda rights, the shooter's journal, and other "official" documentation.

Leonard is the troubled teen who kills a bully and then turns the gun on himself, Cameron is a jock-turned misfit who looks to Leonard for understanding that he doesn't receive from his own father, and Carla is Leonard and Cameron's proximity crush with stinging emotional baggage from her screwed up family life, including forced intimacy with her older step-brother. Leonard's struggle with bullies and internal problems combined with his father's gun club obsession create a hazardous situation. Giving a troubled teen access to guns is never a good idea.

Each interview gives away another piece of the puzzle as to why such a thing as a massacre at a school could happen. Cameron and Carla make Leonard's life out to be a living hell and all of their interviews lead up to Leonard's own personal journal, which reveals more of what was really going on in his life. However, sometimes the interviews seem contrived. The language doesnt seem like it came from a real person and the reader isnt able to suspend disbelief. Leonard's journals read like a nu-metal band's lyrics and he refers to "rats crawling around in [his] head." It's effective at some points but just plain hokey at others. All in all, "Shooter" teaches valuable lessons about high school politics and friendship if you can get past the feeling that seems to creep up on you as you read that the police report you're holding is entirely made up.



Shooter

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
Walter Dean Myers
HarperCollins
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Rating
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8



Age Level
young adult

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