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That's Not What Happened

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It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story - that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it’s not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight...but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did - and didn’t - happen that day.

Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up....

©2018 Kody Keplinger (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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good listen, not enough mystery

story was good, but there wasn't enough mystery it and seemed to drag it out unnecessarily

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wow

really different and enjoyed alot. each character was rounded and interesting. i would recommend this

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  • J
  • 27-04-20

decent enough ya listen

easily enough to listen too. some interesting thoughts through the plot. gun violence, religious zealots.. just lacked that satisfactory ending.

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I choose to rate it 4 stars even though I was debating whether or not to for it a 3 in some areas because at first I didn’t really enjoy this audiobook it always felt like it was missing something but I’m very glad I stuck with it as it all came together beautifully, I liked how it cast a light on victims and the survivors in something like a shooting and how it showed that people are people and sometimes when they die they are seen as perfect or worshipped when really that’s not the real them. I felt as though you couldn’t be invested in the characters for some reason I’m not sure why as they were relatable and likeable but I wasn’t left wanting to know more. Overall it was a good book just a bit hard to get into and enjoy at first but once you get into you’re left thinking about it constantly.

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Telling and wise

This is a book with it all
We have love, diversity, death and living and its complications, mental disorders, and horrific stories told in the most beautiful way. I would really recommend this to anyone, who will listen to a well written and performed book, with blame and guilt as big factors and I plotline that will keep you seeking more.
It's long since I was on the edge of my chair like this.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 04-10-18

✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

This review is based more on the writing style, story and character development than the subject matter. While this is a really hard subject matter, the story line felt very meh to me. I didn't really feel the characters the way I thought I would and the way this story was written leads you to believe that there is a BIG secret and to be honest, the secret was not important and didn't even matter to the story in the end. I think I understand what the author was trying to express in this book but I just felt like it didn't come across in a big enough way.

The narration was great, each character has their own voice which is important in a story like this.

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  • TriniDiva
  • 17-05-19

My teen & I both enjoyed this one!

This book grabbed & kept our attention. I was reluctant to let her read it at first so, I compromised & downloaded the audiobook. Our time was not wasted. Very eye opening.

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  • rsesters
  • 31-08-20

I couldn't get into this book.

I thought I would like this book, but it never managed to pull me in. I don't know if it was the story itself or the narrators telling of it or both, but it seemed like this book took weeks to get through.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24-03-20

Best Book

this is definitely the best book I have ever read! I Definitely recommend!! it was an amazing story that had very well developed characters

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  • kelsey
  • 30-05-19

Mindblowingly good!

The way of this book is written and record it is just a blessing. It’s honestly so glad.

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  • Amber Sosa
  • 15-03-19

wow.

this book was heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time. I can't believe how well it was written

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  • Heather
  • 26-10-18

Loved it

I love where this story went. I think that the rawness of human nature this book reveals is so true and we'll thought through.