mystery · suspense · Young adult

That’s Not What Happened – Kody Keplinger ★★★★

Blurb; It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story–that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it’s not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did–and didn’t–happen that day.

Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

My Review; I don’t even know where to begin. Its a tough story. Hard hitting. Bare. It’s all about a school shooting which unfortunately still happens today and the aftermath. The survivors. The dead. The lie. The truth.

I loved the way this story is told and set out. The survivors all stick together to get the truth out there with their own stories and letters about the shooting. All different stories but the same incident. Its about how the survivors are coping years after the shooting. We also get to learn about those lost to the event. Very eye opening. The truth comes out in the end.

A well deserved four stars from me. Not an easy read. But well worth the read. Perfect for young adult readers.

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