I have never been hit close to home by a school shooting although, I am an educator in one of the largest school systems in the country. However, reading Thoughts and Prayers, by Lee Anne Post is about as close as I ever want to be. This book is a poignant novel eloquently written from several points of view. Amazingly the shooter is not one of the main character points of view. Instead, we have the student that was with the guidance counselor that was shot. The person that opened the door to let the shooter in, parents, students, best friends of victims and a police officer.
This book is amazing for many reasons. The most amazing thing to me is that four authors wrote this book together, yet the book reads as if written by one author. The flow is perfection! I do not want to be a spoiler, suffice it to say that this book will make you evaluate your feelings, thoughts, prayers, and actions. I think we can all agree the mass shootings must stop. This book is not a “how to” nor is it a rant on gun control. It is a thought-provoking novel that calls us each to the table of action. It is a must read for educators, students, parents, the curious, and especially politicians. It is a captivating, page turning, quick read that touches your heart and your mind.
Kudos to the authors, Lee Anne Post is the pen name for co-authors Catherine Baldau, Tara Bell, Ginny Fite, and K.P. Robbins. I recently met the authors at a Write By The Rails conference. These four ladies told our writing group about the amazing process they used to write the book about eight charachters. Each author wrote two charachters stories, yet is fits together with dialogue between charachters as if one author wrote the book. Well done ladies. I hope you will check this book out, I think it will expand your mind to take some actions.