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At Home With Books (Oregon) reviewJanuary 14, 2009
See the original posting of this review at http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-choose-to-be-happy-by-missy-jenkins.html
I don't remember the news of the Paducah shooting very well; I'm sure because the memories of the 1998 shooting at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon take precedence in my mind. I lived in the neighboring city of Eugene when the shootings took place, and I remember the absolute horror I felt as I watched the events unfold on the television.
In I Choose to Be Happy, Missy Jenkins takes readers back to the day of the shooting in Paducah, and tells the story of her injury and recovery, her forgiveness of the shooter, and her confusion about why a student she had thought of as a friend would shoot his classmates at random.
This biography of Missy Jenkins is a heartwarming story about forgiveness that I enjoyed very much. The only part that was slow was the section devoted to her college life, and I think that was mainly due to the fact that she wanted to show how normal her life was during college. Everything else about this book was fascinating, and I think we could all learn a lot from Missy about forgiveness.
Posted by Alyce at 5:18 AM
Labels: 4 Stars, Advance Review Copy, Book Reviews, Nonfiction
Thanks for your review. This seems like it would be a difficult book to read (subject matter wise) and I would have to be in the right mood to tackle it.
January 14, 2009 5:29 AM
This is in my TBR stack. It looks good. She sounds like a remarkable young woman. Great review.
January 14, 2009 10:14 AM
stacey @ bookthirty said...
I used to work at the Blockbuster Video store in Springfield, not too far from Thurston High School. When the shootings happened, we were living in Portland, but I remember it gave me shivers, since it seemed SO close to home.
I agree with you about this book - I thought it was lovely, and Missy's voice in re-telling her story is very sweet. I understand bermudaonion's hesitation in reading it, but honestly, Missy manages to keep things very positive and you don't get too burdened down with the heavy subject matter. I really enjoyed it.
January 14, 2009 10:46 AM
Alyce, thanks for the review. I've heard nothing but good things about this novel. I too think it might be hard to read but stories of individuals who overcome like this are so uplifting too.
January 14, 2009 3:48 PM
Sounds truly inspirational. I never realized that a young woman was paralyzed from that particular school shooting. How sad. Thanks for the review!!
I found your blog by way of caribous mom blog!!
January 14, 2009 5:02 PM
Very interesting review and book. I admire that she could take back her life and thrive after such a tragedy. I might have to check it out... I've read several fictional accounts of school shootings but nothing non-fiction.
By the way, I went to college at the University of Oregon in Eugene! I loved it there! I think it was a great city to go to college in. I always planned on going back (maybe to Portland) but never did. I miss it.
January 14, 2009 5:05 PM
She definitely sounds like an inspiration. I'm glad this book is getting good reviews.
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January 15, 2009 9:40 AM
Wow.. this sounds really inspirational. I need to read this one.
January 15, 2009 1:27 PM
J. Kaye said...
Mercy! You must have linked all your reviews in one sitting or you have super-human reading abilities.
You are really getting some books read! Way to go!
January 19, 2009 4:49 PM
Teddy Rose said...
Wonderful review Alyce!
I added the link to the ARC Challenge post.
January 20, 2009 12:20 PM