I originally read Columbine by Dave Cullen as part of a report I wrote for English class a few months ago. I first read the fiction piece Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, and then read Columbine afterwards on my own, because I wanted to compare to two, who happen to be extremely similar!
For anyone who doesn’t know, Columbine is about a terrible and deadly true-life massacre that happened on April 20th, 1999. The two perpetrators, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were teenage boys that went to the school. To me the most horrific part was not only did they KNOW the 13 people that they killed and 21 that were injured, but that they planned this. For several years they carefully planned out how their massacre would go down, using not only guns but also bombs that were meant to kill emergency personnel. Just reading their journals and the firsthand accounts of those who survived the tragedy was enough to bring me to tears multiple times.
All of this makes it found like a bad book, but really it is just the subject that is bad. I learned quite a lot from reading this book, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in the topic, or has read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.