Saturday, November 5, 2011

She Said Yes [BOOK REVIEW]

She Said Yes The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall
By: Misty Bernall
Published: September 1, 2000
Publisher: Pocket Books Nonfiction
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: She Said Yes is an "intense and fascinating memoir" of an ordinary teenager growing up in suburban Colorado, and faced - as all teenagers are - with difficult choices and pressures. It is only now, when the world knows Cassie Bernall as on the of Columbine High Students killed by two rampaging schoolmates, that the choices she made offer a profound relevance for us all. Once a rage-filled young woman who walked a path similar to that of her killers, Cassie found a way out of her personal snares and, through her faith and a family's love, chose to embrace life with courage and conviction.

I remember getting this book when I was super young because I heard that it had a great message and a touching story that should be read by everyone. But since I was so little, I could only get so far into the story before I got lost and decided to put it down. Now that I'm a little older, I picked this book up again, and I could finally finish what I started years ago. This story was truly touching. I was not able to put it down once I got into it. It showed the pressures of what teenagers were going through and how the choices they made affect who they became. After reading this story, I thought for a long while about how I was treating my parents and how it affected them considering that I am in my teen years and how my attitude and choices can really affect how they feel. This story was told from the perspective of Cassie's mom along with some of her family and friends thoughts. I think the purpose of this story is to spread the message to teens and parents about connecting with each other and communicating before a wall starts to build between them because once it does, it is hard for two people to truly reconnect again. this was shown throughout the story. But to truly understand the Cassie's story, you are going to have to read it for yourself.

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