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Close Your Eyes non si focalizza sulla sparatoria, ma si focalizza invece sui personaggi e sui loro rapporti - su come le nostre azioni inevitabilmente influenzino quelle di chi ci circonda. Cominciamo dal giorno della sparatoria nel maggio e poi vediamo la storia che parte qualche mese prima dell'evento per mostrarci come siamo arrivati a quel punto, intervallata dalle considerazioni dei ragazzi nel settembre Vediamo come i ricordi e i dettagli cambiano e si modificano a seconda di chi sta raccontando, di come ammettano che quanto stanno dichiarando possa essere influenzato da una conoscenza di fatti che oggi sanno ma che all'epoca ignoravano, vediamo come non tutti avevano notato le stesse cose.
Si tratta di un terreno scivoloso, ma non mi sono sentita emotivamente manipolata dall'autrice. Tutti hanno avuto qualcosa che mi ha parlato. Sarebbe impossibile prestare davvero attenzione a tutto. Feb 26, Tanya Grech Welden rated it really liked it. This story is horrifying. It is the stuff that nightmares are made of I had to follow it with a fluffy romance just so I could sleep. While I'm certainly showing my appreciation of the story, and the bravado of the author in tackling this tricky content, I really hated this story.
Then again, I doubt that this, as a story, is one that will be loved although it will no doubt be talked about. It really kicked a lot of goals for me, and while it did work, if I am honest I was never completely co This story is horrifying.
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It really kicked a lot of goals for me, and while it did work, if I am honest I was never completely converted. The narration, which constantly zipped in and out of time and moved between various writing forms, was disjointed and will probably leave many readers confused. I persisted, and things seem to sort themselves out, but many YA readers may not persevere, which is a tremendous shame. I found the cast of characters tricky to keep track of, and while this kind of reflects the chaos the book depicts, it was a little annoying.
That said, this is a worthwhile read and a story that deserves to provoke meaningful discussions on the topic of bullying and gun violence in schools. Close Your Eyes is a tough, heartbreaking read that doesn't pull its punches.
Told in scraps of prose and text messages and interviews, a story unfolds about a group of friends who slowly fall apart until one of them falls victim to the temptation of revenge. Aug 14, Emma rated it it was amazing. Close Your Eyes is honestly one of the most shocking, truthful, brutal books I have ever read. I read this book in one sitting, something I haven't done since I was a kid reading fairy books.
I honestly couldn't stop.
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Because of the constant change in dialogue, from Whatsapp messages to journal entries to first person interviews, you couldn't possibly get bored of the story. Then, between all of this was the beautiful story, written in third person but including the thoughts and feelings of Wow. Then, between all of this was the beautiful story, written in third person but including the thoughts and feelings of all six characters.
The characters were very well thought out, a group of friends that were all the same, but different enough that you could never tire of them. There were quiet, normal Hindu twins, Ash and Aisha; Ash was clever and good and sensible, and Aisha was just like any of the other girls at school.
Gemma, the loud, beautiful one who went to parties and drank beer and flirted with boys. Remy, the popular, typical-boy gymnast, and Elise, very smart, pretty but slightly miserable. Then there's Elijah, the artistic, weird newcomer, who watches people and barely says a word. I just read and read and read until suddenly the book was finished, and I was left with this shocked, hollow feeling inside of me.
School shootings are very dramatic and terrible, and I think reading about one set in my own country just made it more real, and more awful. We only found out about this through her Whatsapp messages with Gemma, and the abortion was just something they casually talked about a few weeks later. I think, with something as big as a teenage abortion, if they wanted to include it in the storyline then it should have been explained and examined a little closer.
The way it was barely mentioned made it sound like girls get pregnant all the time, and because it's so common it doesn't need to be made important. Another thing is Elise and Elijah. The build-up towards the shooting and Elijah's suicide wasn't really that great, because I felt that as a reader I didn't know him well enough to grieve.
And when Elise and Elijah were discovered to have written a blog, spilling secrets about everyone at school, I just didn't understand why. Elise and Elijah were quiet and slightly set apart from the group, what with being newcomers. Already knowing that I was reading a novel based on a school shooting, I was all set for Elijah to be the shooter.
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So yeah, the big plot twist is definitely Elise carrying out the shooting. The best but worst scenes were the shooting scenes. The character of Elise was brutal, but she was also so lost. She'd been the victim of awful bullying, had watched her brother get bullied for years until the bullies killed him, and now Elijah, who had cared for her and understood her, was dead. She had a list, and she wasn't going to stop until she'd made them all pay.
She made her way through the corridors, shooting. She shot Derran, who once triggered Elijah in class by talking about his mental sister. She shot Sean, who commented and laughed at the videos of Elise and Elijah that went all round school. She let her own teacher, Miss Wu, live, but shot several others in the process, including the kind receptionist. She was an angry, crazy teenage girl, who'd lost everything and wanted revenge. It was awful, but exhilarating and truthful at the same time. At the end of the book, it stops abruptly. She tries to shoot Gemma but Ash gets in the way, hero Ash, who sneaked into the padlocked school to save everyone.
And then Elise kills herself too, and it's just like, whoah. Take a deep breath But Ash lives, and although their friendship is now cracked and fragmented, you know that they're all going to be OK. Elise and Elijah were crazy, broken souls, but everything had a reason and everything that happened meant something. Jan 07, Becki rated it liked it Shelves: I received this book in my 'Book Advent Calendar' Spoiler alert, the calendar did not live up to my expectations - that being said, this book went straight onto my tbr shelf because, school shootings?
I don't know what it is about school shootings and apparently, it's sort of weird but I have a slight fascination with school shootings, be it in movies, documentaries or apparently now books? As out of three books I've read so far this year - two of them have featured school sh I received this book in my 'Book Advent Calendar' Spoiler alert, the calendar did not live up to my expectations - that being said, this book went straight onto my tbr shelf because, school shootings?
As out of three books I've read so far this year - two of them have featured school shootings. This book is laid out in different types of media throughout, blog entries, text messaging, newspaper reports and then the fictional side of things. I really enjoyed this layout and whilst it's not something I would typically lean towards, I felt it really worked within this story. I actually found myself, preferring the other media styles to the story part and would feel slightly disappointed once I reached those passages.
This concept worked well with this particular story because of the different characters involved and it meant we got to see their perspectives on a past occurrence but also their side of things throughout the past and their actions and reasons for their behaviour, at the time. When it comes to the characters, I didn't particularly care for any of them. They were all just pretty average, I don't know if that's a result of so many characters featured in a short book with a huge topic but no character made me feel anything; not sad, sympathetic - nothing.
However, there was something about this book, I read it in one sitting as the storytelling made me want to know what happened. Well, I know what happened but I wanted to know how it happened and how we got there! One slight negative I have is the fact that two of the characters were massively kept in the dark and we barely got to know anything about them that wasn't featured in other characters opinions. And without giving too much way, I understood why in order to make the storytelling more effective but ultimately, it meant we didn't get to understand those characters as deeply.
And they were pretty important to the story.
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Overall, I thought this was a good read, it kept me hooked and there were a few twists and turns thrown in for good measure. It didn't quite grip me in the way that I hoped but I still very much enjoyed it. Plus, it was set in the UK which just made it all the more eerie. I liked the way prose was intertwined with excerpts from interviews, transcripts of TV news reports, newspaper articles and so on.
The decision to have a lot of the narrative in the present tense was interesting and while it's been done a few times before, it's difficult to get it right, but I think the author managed it here. I had an inkling about the "twist" before it happened, but the book kept me gues "Close Your Eyes" is a fast-paced, thrilling and intriguing novel about a school shooting.
I had an inkling about the "twist" before it happened, but the book kept me guessing enough that it still surprised me.
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It was very cleverly done and makes you really question your own preconceptions about school shootings and their perpetrators. It skilfully found the acceptable point between making the school shooter a sympathetic character - something I think books need to avoid at all costs - and making them a caricature of a soulless monster, which would be downright unbelievable.
The book found a good midway point between the two, creating a character with a difficult childhood and tragic past, and personality flaws and anger issues, which combined and culminated in this terrible, unforgivable act. Definitely a book to make you pause for thought. I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down.
Oct 18, Cheyenne rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Honestly, the first half of the book took me kinda long to read. I liked the story but for some reason the names annoyed me a little. You can name your characters however you want, why give them such similar names? I like how the book had me fooled. I defintely did not think Elise was the shooter but Elijah.
I like how the story is told with past and future events. I like how in the interviews you only see their answers and not the questions. I think the questions would have stopped the flow? Also, I normally really dislike books with more than one protagonist. But here, I loved it. Great job, Nicci Cloke! Jun 05, Katie Hurse rated it really liked it. Having read Follow Me Back and found it really disappointing, I was nervous about this book. I ended up thinking it was really, really interesting, engaging and sad, though. I enjoyed the structure use of articles, interviews, text conversations etc.
It was great for exposition and lots of perspectives, without feeling messy or overdone. I had this strange feeling about Ash throughout. I could tell nearly immediately that he loved or at least liked Elijah and his subtle presence throughout th Having read Follow Me Back and found it really disappointing, I was nervous about this book. I could tell nearly immediately that he loved or at least liked Elijah and his subtle presence throughout the story had me on edge.
I was so glad that he wasn't killed off, but the moment describing his shooting gave me goosebumps actually. Really interesting twist having Elise be the anonymous profile on the forum and the shooter and Elijah having commit suicide before it even takes place. I found Gemma, Remi and Aisha to all be engaging characters. Clearly they were all flawed, but fundamentally good, I think. Dec 30, Kiki rated it did not like it Shelves: The multimedia approach kept me reading but the straightforward narrative parts that kind of dragged.