#BookReview A Mother’s Reckoning Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold #Tuesdaybookblog #truecrime 

​This true crime account of the Columbine High School shooting by mother of one of the shooters, Sue Klebold is probably the most difficult book I will read this year. It was hard reading how life as they had known it changed irreparably for the Klebold family whilst they came to terms with the loss of their youngest son, Dylan. 

Whatever preconceptions and judgments emerged over this horrific event nothing can even begin to rival what this family went through and despite finding this hard to read because of the true life aspect of the subject matter I also came away with hope and felt inspired by the strength Sue shows through the worst nightmare a parent could have.

As well as sharing entries from her diary, Sue educates by giving us a lot of information about teen mental health and suicide prevention. As horrific as the Columbine High School shooting was, it led to a deeper understanding of bullying in schools and was a gateway to many school policies we take for granted today, eighteen years later. 

A moving and inspirational book about a tragedy that shook parents everywhere.

Links To Book: 

Amazon UK

Amazon US



  1. I first read “The Journals of Rachel Joy Scott: A Journey of Faith at Columbine High,” and later “She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall.” In college, I read “Columbine” by Dave Cullen after he came to my university for a lecture. I also want to read “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I would love to read those too after I’ve recovered from reading this one. We Need To Talk About Kevin was groundbreaking fiction about a decade ago, but the reality of these shootings hit hard.


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