Published by Crown on February 15 2016
Genres: crime, memoir, nonfiction
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I was a Junior in high school when the tragedy at Columbine High School went down. I don’t remember giving much thought to Eric and Dylan’s family. I didn’t blame them, I didn’t think about them at all.
What I was thinking about this happening closer to home. Although the high school in my tiny town was very different than Columbine, it was scary to think that the kids next door could do something so horrific and terrifying.
When I heard Sue was telling the her story, it peaked my intrest. Loosing my mom made me more acutely aware of other’s grief and pain and a hell of a lot more compassionate. I was prepared to hear the story of her unbearable grief and her grappling with the questions left unanswered.
What I was surprised by was the candor and forthright-ness she talks about suicide, depression and brain health issues (what Sue calls mental health). I had heard that Dylan suffered depression but I didn’t understand the depths of despair that would lead to the tragedy of April 20, 1999.
It is both heartbreaking and a wake up call.
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.