When does Valerie’s father make his first appearance in the novel? Why can’t he forgive his daughter for her involvement in he shooting? Why is it easier for his girlfriend to be more understanding?
“The best way I can describe the feeling was that it was miraculous,” is how Valerie describes how she felt at her first painting class. [p. 249] What miracle is she experiencing? How does it help her emotional recovery?
Nick loved Shakespeare, especially Romeo and Juliet. As Valerie rereads their e-mails after the shooting, she realizes that he was beginning to blur the line between fact and fiction. How so?
In the book, Nick’s mother is interviewed by the media. She says, “My son may have been the shooter, but he’s still a victim…Damn those media sharks who think that something like this isn’t already tearing my family apart. Do they think this won’t rip our hearts out to see our son put a bullet through his brain time and time again? (Nick’s Mother)
Should there be sensititivity for the perpetrator’s family in regards to what is reported or shown in the media? Suggested Reading - http://www.oprah.com/world/Susan-Klebolds-O-Magazine-Essay-I-Will-Never-Know-Why - a letter written by Susan Klebold regarding her son Dylan’s participation in the deadly killings at Columbine High School in 1999.