Quad by C.G. Watson
Everything led up to this moment—the point when the teasing, the cruelty, the pressure all became too much. And someone finally snapped.Source: library
Now six students, from six different cliques, are trapped in the student store while a shooter terrorizes their school. The shooter's identity is teased out through the students' flashbacks until the reader breathlessly reaches the final page. It's only there that he discovers the shocking answer to the question: Who is shooting out in the quad?
This gripping thriller by educator C. G. Watson is inspired by observations made in her own high school. Quad examines in heartrending detail how even the most casual cruelties can tear people apart.
Published in US: May 07
This is a non-stop book, and I read it in almost one sitting. I liked it overall, but the beginning it felt like there were too many characters being thrown at me. I eventually got to know them, but I didn't get to connect to any of them deeply even with the strenuous conditions they were under because there were so many of them.
This book does make me think, and I hope others too. You don't really know what is going on in someone's head, when you might push too far. The walk a mile in their shoes before you judge thing I guess. But it does deal with important issues--shooting, bullying, and the class structure of high school.
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