Publication Date: February 15th, 2016
This review does not contain spoilers.
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
I listened to this on audiobook, and it is read by Sue Klebold herself. This book was depressing, and puts in perspective just how much you might not know about the people who are closest to you. Sue could have never imagined that her son would be one of the most notorious school shooters in history. He was able to put on a completely different persona around his family, and the Klebold’s could not understand why he would commit such an act. She does not just discuss her disbelief that her son did such a thing, but also gives her deepest sympathies to the victims families. I could not imagine being in this women’s shoes, and being hated by thousands of people. Many people blame the parents of troubled teenagers who commit heinous crimes, and she also discusses how in her darkest times, there were many moments that she would have liked to commit suicide. Sad, but I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend.