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Review: Shooter by Caroline Pignat

12/06/2017

I have been waiting to read this book since it came out, as a fan of the YA drama-thriller genre and a fan of local author, Caroline Pignat. It was similar to another book I reviewed previously, This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. Shooter had it’s own style and story, and it did not disappoint.

 

Shooter is set in a high school boys washroom during a lockdown and is told from the 5 different perspectives of the main characters; Alice, Hogan, Xander, Izzy and Noah, who all have their own struggles and secrets. The story is told over a span of 1 hour, where heroes are born and villains exposed. The novel also tells the story through pictures, diary entries, newspaper articles, text messages and regular dialogue.

 

This book is now one of my favourites. I couldn’t stop reading Shooter, as the story pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go. The characters were all well written and made you feel for them, whether it was sympathy, joy or any other emotion present. I also liked how the story was told in different ways, the text messages being my favourite to read. The different perspectives were also easy to follow and it wasn’t difficult to figure out who was telling the story. The story also flowed continually and never stopped, which kept me in my chair for way longer than needed. Although the story of a school shooting is told in many books, Shooter told the story in a unique and exciting way. Shooter also wasn’t very dark, which made it easier to read than other books with the same or similar topic.

 

I would recommend Shooter to any high school student who loves dramatic thrillers, with a little less thrill than a normal thriller novel. The story, characters and different ways the story was told made the book hard to put down. I give this book 5/5 stars, as there wasn’t anything I want changed, it’s perfect the way it is.

 

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Image: Shooter

Shooter

By Pignat, Caroline
Image: Shooter

Shooter

By Pignat, Caroline

Comments

I agree. Shooter was one of the best books I've read this year and maybe one of the best books ever.

I agree. Shooter was one of the best books I've read this year and maybe one of the best books ever.