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The #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

The auditorium doors won't open.

Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

A Buzzfeed Best YA of 2016
#1 Young Adult Debut of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Winter '15 Kids Indie Next List
Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month
Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January 18 of 2016's Most-Anticipated YA Novels
BookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down Now
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on January 5, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN-10: 149262246X
ISBN-13: 9781492622468
8 Book Reviews
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  • ILoveBooksSaturday, January 19, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    I honestly loved this book. It didn't drag on and it got straight to the point. I give it 4 stars because it was a really sad ending.
    • freckleface04
      freckleface04Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:04 am33 stars
      i hated and loved this book hated cuz the ending is sosososo sad i wanted to cry
      • freelance15
        freelance15Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:54 am44 stars
        looks good
        • boogersugar
          boogersugarSunday, January 14, 2018 at 6:36 pm55 stars
          Great book hope there’s a movie for it
          • BlankThursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:55 pm
            Loved, loved, loved this amazing book!!
            • dank master69Friday, September 1, 2017 at 7:19 am
              lol bro it 2 gooood 4 me i luv dis buk it 2 gud man i luved it sooo moch
              • Nora Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 5:42 am
                When I first started reading it, it was quite intriguing and interesting, but about halfway through it got monotonous and dragged on. I couldn't finish it. It did not keep my interest. I give it 2 1/2 stars.
                • astronaut
                  astronautWednesday, August 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm55 stars
                  this book is tragic, and amazing at the same time. It makes you want to cry and smile... and then cry some more. Told from four different views of a school shooting, its wonderful!
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