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A school lockdown brings four very different high school students together.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Razorbill, 2016
ISBN: 9780143187578
Branch Call Number: FIC Pigna
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations


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Jun 28, 2018

I enjoyed reading this novel mostly because of Caroline Pignat’s expressive writing style, which included the alternating narration of the story by different main characters, one distinctive trait you don’t always find in an average book. The main characters were in this one bathroom throughout the whole plot, yet Caroline Pignat managed to write a striking and meaningful novel by using the typical storyline for a horrific event, a school shooting, to create a touching message and heartfelt lesson for young readers. In my opinion, “Shooter” seems like a book with a non-restrictive age for readers as it has a strong message that mature age groups can grow and learn plenty from on a much broader social level. However, it can be seen as rather “triggering” as the author chose to explore the reality behind a school shooting and what it truly does to everyone involved — the reality which isn’t usually disclosed when it comes to young readers. All in all, Caroline Pignat had written yet another powerful and moving book that will give readers a thrilling and realistic yet impactful and touching first-hand experience of what it’s genuinely like to live through a school shooting. Rating 5/5 stars.
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

"The Shooter" is an interesting novel that takes relatable characters and puts them into a dynamic school lockdown scenario where they learn about eachothers lives and soon, the making of the shooting.
In "The Shooter" by Caroline Pignat, a regular day at school quickly turns into a nightmare when a group of school children are locked in a bathroom trying to stay alive from an active shooter released in their school. As they interact, they slowly form a bond and soon realize the real meaning behind the incident, involving people who they never thought would be.
I liked the characters of the book, each was unique, with their own pros and cons. Together, they created an interesting dynamic that I was excited to see work together in order to solve the shooter mystery. The way of writing the chapters was also very unique, for example some of Isabella's chapters were based around text messages between her and her friends, while some like Xander were centered around school projects and "mission logs".
The plot of the book started off simple, as a group of teens trying to survive a school shooting, however as the story went on, aspects of why, and who were revealed through the character Xander. He had ties to the shooter, and because of that, the plot had thickened, as he seems to not understand social norms, described as a social outcast.
Irony was a prevelant theme in this book, one of the characters named Hogan is described to have a rough past, and had actually killed someone (albeit on accident). However, despite this, Hogan near the end of the book is hailed as a hero, because he had actually saved Noah's life, an autistic male.
I would recommend this novel to a reader who values character development and a touch of drama.
- Chris


samdog123 Sep 12, 2016

I've read most of Caroline Pignat's recent historical fiction, which I've absolutely loved. This book dealing with a modern scenario where a shooter is targeting a high school, is a switch in direction for her and one I'm not sure I like. The book seems like its been done before and all the characters seem to lack originality. Still its an interesting teen read.

Aug 09, 2016

this wasn't as good as i was hoping, in the middle it got a bit messy but i was intrigued for the majority of the book and i really enjoyed the characters.

Aug 01, 2016

A major point of advertisement for this book is its claim to be a remake of the acclaimed movie, The Breakfast Club. After reading Shooter, I have to say that Caroline Pignat has managed to go beyond that. Three decades have passed since the days of The Breakfast Club, and the world in which five kids sat in detention is no more. High school has become a drastically different scene. While a small collection of today's students may still yield that entertaining and edifying variety of problems, styles and perspectives seen in the 80s, the connection between them—one nourished by greater technology, awareness, and twenty-first century social phenomena—has new implications.

Shooter captures this evolution with new cliques: princesses, jocks, criminals, nerds and basket cases are replaced by the overlapping hybrids of each other that appear in modern school environments. An attractive, privileged girl is also pressured to constantly achieve success; a neglected troublemaker is also an athlete; an intelligent introvert also deals with problems at home beyond her talents; a boy with social difficulties and unpopular interests is also vulnerable to criminal behaviour; and the student who looks weird, acts weird, and makes people stare has a genuine, medically recognized, and unchangeable uniqueness with which he sees the world.

While many young people (including myself) were worried that Shooter would be another teen fiction novel that made Disney characters of our reality and hyperbolized our social complexities, I assure you that Pignat has put together a suspenseful, fluid, creative, and insightful story. She has proven her skill as an observant teacher in laying out the real fabric of many extremes and dire possibilities of contemporary Canadian high school. It all starts with a lockdown, one whose story I recommend you read.

Jul 09, 2016

Caroline Pignat could not have made this book any better. It is full all you could want in a book; plot twists, atmosphere, and so much more!! This book was the first (and best) book I've read about a serious topic such as school shootings except less violent. Don't hesitate on reading this magnificent book!

Jun 10, 2016

This is an amazing book about something very serious! It brings a lot of light to school shootings. This story is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Definitely a must-read!

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