I gave this book 3 stars but for a teenager I would highly recommend it. I'll admit the book made me cry but what held me back from rating it higher was the characters. I hated most of them, which is ironic given the title and theme of the book. The parents of the main character were awful people, and maybe the Author wanted it that way but I couldn't get past that. The story was good but bits of the book didn't fit together (bad editing?) and were redundant. It's clear that this is a fictional book based on school shootings and it provided the right hardships someone would face if placed in that situation. I liked how the main character was attached to the shooter but a victim herself. I will recommend this book but with a warning to the skilled reader that it might be too "green" to follow through to the end.