That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

*I purchased this book for myself.

Rating: 5/5.

This novel starts three years after the Virgil County High School Massacre. In that Massacre Lee lost her best friend Sarah, now known for her seemingly unwavering devotion to her faith. All is not as it seems, but with Sarah being seen as a martyr to so many people, will they want to hear the truth?

When I picked up this book I wasn’t sure whether I would like it or not, with such an emotive heartbreaking topic can words do it justice? I think it would be hard if not impossible for any author to put into words the horror and devastation caused by school shootings, not just to the victims but also their family, friends and community. Keplinger truly worked hard to inspire emotion in her readers, she certainly inspired emotion in me.

Each character in her novel had their own importance, she highlighted the importance of the truth but also that the truth isn’t something people will always want to hear. Raising the question, when should you tell the truth? Is it ever better to live in an illusion?

I was captivated by the powerful language and fascinating story from beginning to end. My own opinions of what the right thing to do would be constantly changed, this novel forced me to think, really think how one small thing could become something huge. How one small truth could shatter a community.

Overall this was one of my favourite reads this year, I would recommend it to fans of YA contemporary fiction that tackles situations all to real to many of us.

5 thoughts on “That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

      1. My favourite go-to authors are Felicity Heaton, Dianne Duvall and Teresa Gabelman but there are lots of reads I’d recommend. It kind of depends what you’re in the mood for…


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