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Interview: Kody Keplinger, author of That's Not What Happened and The Duff, caught up with editor Rachael Xerri to talk about representation, how geek girls find their way, and how audiobooks aid accessibility.

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It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story - that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it’s not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight...but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did - and didn’t - happen that day.

Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up....

©2018 Kody Keplinger (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 10-04-18

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This review is based more on the writing style, story and character development than the subject matter. While this is a really hard subject matter, the story line felt very meh to me. I didn't really feel the characters the way I thought I would and the way this story was written leads you to believe that there is a BIG secret and to be honest, the secret was not important and didn't even matter to the story in the end. I think I understand what the author was trying to express in this book but I just felt like it didn't come across in a big enough way.

The narration was great, each character has their own voice which is important in a story like this.

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Loved it

I love where this story went. I think that the rawness of human nature this book reveals is so true and we'll thought through.

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  • Simon Price
  • 09-04-18

good listen, not enough mystery

story was good, but there wasn't enough mystery it and seemed to drag it out unnecessarily

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  • Sarah
  • 09-18-18

wow

really different and enjoyed alot. each character was rounded and interesting. i would recommend this