Something I loved but didn’t love at the same time was how much diversity there was in characters. I loved that it wasn’t an all white character set but I didn’t like it because it seemed like a forced set up; lesbians, disabled, Muslim, Hispanic, etc. It was almost like when you watch a movie and you see a cast that’s so diverse and you know it’s just for ratings. However, even though it’s a small town, there’s no telling how big the school is so it’s fine that she chose those characters.
Even though I didn’t find much personal connection with characters, there was so much emotion throughout the entire book. There was apathy from the shooter, Tyler. He was cold hearted with the shooting but also just had so much pain with other targets that he actually wanted. There was love between characters such as Autumn and Sylv, but also past love between Claire and Tyler. There was fear and blame from Claire thinking it was all her fault. Thinking why didn’t she notice? But also, why didn’t she tell anyone about the abuse from his father?
I can’t believe Matt got shot. And then Tyler’s suicide! I know that’s not unusual in shootings but still, it was heart wrenching after everything.
There was so much emotion from Autumn as well. She’s this “in the closet” lesbian that is dating Sylvia … She’s Tyler’s sister. She wants to be a dancer just like her mother. Then in the end Tyler shoots her …
Most of all, I loved the town’s name being “Opportunity” and then the line, “… but this is where we leave Opportunity behind” because it has so much meaning in so many different ways. Since I listened to the audiobook, I’m not sure if it was capitalized or not, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t.
Overall, the shooting wasn’t good … 39 dead, 25 in the hospital and it ended with Autumn in surgery and we don’t know if she’ll ever dance again.