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A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy - Sue Klebold

Author & Narrator: Sue Klebold

Started: September 28, 2023

Finished: October 1, 2023

Format: Audio

Genre: Memoir

Sue Klebold and her husband received the worst call a parent can get - there has been a shooting at her son's school. She soon discovered that her nightmare was about to get worse…her son and his friend took the lives of 15 innocent people, made up of students and teachers. As she struggles with not only the aftermath of the tragedy but also realizing the signs she missed. She must delve into the past to determine a path forward.

I've long wondered how the parents of school shooters missed the signs that something was going on with their child. Klebold owns up to the fact that she noticed changes in her son's behavior but never thought he would be planning a mass murder. She goes through periods where she attempts to reconcile the son she knew with the murderer he became and has trouble doing so. I feel for her as a parent knowing that you never stop loving your children, regardless of what they've done. She continues to educate herself on her son's mental illness, his desire to die, and why he felt the need to take others with him.

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