May 29, 2017
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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the site, so what better way to get back in the swing of things than with a review of one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. A great book, don’t get me wrong, but definitely disturbing. In fact, it has been one of the most rewarding reads I’ve had in a while. After I put it down, I continued to think about it (and still do), and now it’s time that I shared it with you guys.

We Need to Talk About Kevin is the story about Eva Khatchadourian and her attempts to make sense of her life that she shared with her husband, daughter, and son. The story begins before the birth of her first child, Kevin, and follows the growth and change of the family for many years after, with the story culminating in the explanation of what happened during the incident and why Kevin did what he did.

What’s funny is that this book introduced a whole new facet of concern when itcomes to wanting to raise a child. It’s easy to see from the inception of Kevin’s life that he has sociopathic tendencies, and it becomes more and more evident as the book progresses that Kevin is the textbook definition of sociopath. When raising a child, it’s often the case that parents worry about the child contracting some rare disease or being born with some debilitating handicap, but I would wager to say that most parents don’t worry about their children growing up to be clinically deranged. Most of the concern is physical, not mental. This whole new realm of what-ifs is dismaying.

So basically now having a child is terrifying for me. I wouldn’t even know how to parent a psychopathic child (but I’ll do my best, if that’s the case).

This aside, the book is still a fantastic read. I love books that have a good story but pack a punch at the end of the novel, taking my breath away. I love it even more when books cause me to reflect on my own life, and cause me to second guess notions I had initially understood. That’s the sign of a good novel.

As you probably know, the film adaptation is already out, starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller (who recently came out). I’ve seen it and will try to review it soon for the Watching section.

Hope you guys give it a try and let me know what you think!

About Will

Will is a recent graduate from Florida State University and transplant to Los Angeles who makes the occasional video on YouTube documenting his life with his fiancé and German Shepherd.

3 comments

  1. One of my favourite books. yes

  2. This book is absolutely fantastic. As well, the movie, in my opinion at least, did a great job in capturing the whole essence of the book and producing it on a big screen.

  3. Thanks for the nightmares Will. But one of the best books I’ve ever read, nonetheless 🙂

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