Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book review: We need to talk about Kevin


My bookclub is finally up and running again after a 6 month hiatus which I am happy about as I love reading books I wouldn't usually pick up. This month we read 'We need to talk about Kevin' by Lionel Shriver which is actually a book I have been wanting to read for along time but hadn't got around too it.

The book is written from the perspective of Kevin's mother, Eva and are in the form of letters to Kevin's father Franklin. The letters detail how Eva has always struggled to love her son Kevin and deals with whether she is to blame for the highschool massacre Kevin went on, killing 11 people who went to his high school.

This book was confronting as you deal with emotions that are rarely associated with children and the excitement of having a a baby. Is it possible to not love your child? Can people be born evil? And of course the age old question of nature v nurture. I enjoyed this book, though I wouldn't say that it was an easy read. It took me nearly four weeks to get through it. It just bought up so many emotions in me that I felt I needed to put it down every now and than and just think about it. Lionel has an absolute talent for expressing emotion and creating empathy in her reader. Now I am tossing up whether or not to see the movie? Have you seen it?

What are you reading at the moment? I have just started 'The Shadow Girl' which is terrific so far but I will report back once its finished.


  1. Sounds like a confronting book! I tend to stick to the fluffier type. Though the last book I read was not exactly fluffy. It was Stolen by Lucy Christopher and I really enjoyed it. x

  2. I started to read this and stopped because I found it very slow-going! I've only ever heard good reports about it though so maybe I should try again.

  3. Sounds like a very thought provoking book. I meant to get around to seeing the film but I never have.

  4. I read this book several years ago, long before it was thought to be made a movie. Honestly, it scared me a bit about motherhood and "what if" I don't bond with my child. Many people around me say it's a depressing book but I love Shriver's style and her flawed characters which you can't help but hate a bit.

    It's quite a different book and I'd recommend it to anyone who is sick of reading mainstream bestsellers.

    Any idea if the movie does it any justice?

  5. Oh wow, what an intense book. Is it based on a true story?

    x Jasmine

  6. I picked up this book in Barnes and Noble and started reading it while waiting in line for an Alton Brown book signing. I didn't buy it, but I really wish I had. I've been wanting to finish it since. I think it's time to pay off my library fines and check it out.

  7. Hi! I just finished it yesterday! Such a great read, but yes, very confronting. It's not based on a true story but it is obviously influenced by the shootings that have taken place in recent years. I'd definitely advise you to read it!


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