Shooter

Shooter

Book - 2016
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A lockdown catches five grade 12 students by surprise and throws them together in the only unlocked room on that empty third floor wing: the boys' washroom. They sit in silence, judging each other by what they see, by the stories they've heard over the years. Stuck here with them--could anything be worse?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Razorbill, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780143187578
Characteristics: 304 pages ;,22 cm.

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Eledouglas
Apr 09, 2020

I couldn't put this book down. The characters were interesting and you were constantly on a cliffhanger. The plot was interesting and easy to follow and I really liked how the author set the book up with some of the pages showing the time counting down. Overall a great read.

StephanieOne Sep 20, 2019

At first, this seemed like it was going to be some bizarre update to The Breakfast Club: you had your criminal, your princess, your basket-case. But the similarities ended there. This wasn't some sort of "fell-good, let's all get to know each other and realize we're not that different" kind of book. Trapped in bathroom during what turns out to be an elaborate school shooting/bombing incident, the five students this book centers around learn a bit about themselves and each other, while also unraveling the mystery of what exactly is going down outside that bathroom door. How they are each perceived by their fellow students and their own families, the pressures they feel outside of the normal "homework and zits" most novels seem to think teenagers care about, and a look at mental health in the teenage population are all looked at.
I couldn't put this one down. Once Xander's story starts to unfold through his mission logs, I couldn't wait for the rest of the characters to figure out what else was unfolding around them.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 28, 2018

Shooter by Caroline Pignat is a book about five teenagers who end up being locked in a bathroom together during a school lockdown. Each character represents a high school stereotype: Alice, the introverted nerd who is also the caretaker of her autistic brother, Noah; Isabelle, the popular over-achieving school president; Hogan, the hopeless ex-jock and rebel; and Xander, the awkward weird guy with a camera. Personally, I loved that the story was told from multiple points of view. Each narrator had their own story and their own personal struggles that made the book even more entertaining to read. It was very difficult for me to put this book down once I started reading it. Pignat created an incredible book filled with suspense, emotions, and twists to give readers a realistic experience of what it would be like have a school shooting. I would highly recommend this book and I would rate it 5/5 stars.
- @phlanets of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I enjoyed reading this novel mostly because of Caroline Pignat’s expressive writing style, which included the alternating narration of the story by different main characters, one distinctive trait you don’t always find in an average book. The main characters were in this one bathroom throughout the whole plot, yet Caroline Pignat managed to write a striking and meaningful novel by using the typical storyline for a horrific event, a school shooting, to create a touching message and heartfelt lesson for young readers. In my opinion, “Shooter” seems like a book with a non-restrictive age for readers as it has a strong message that mature age groups can grow and learn plenty from on a much broader social level. However, it can be seen as rather “triggering” as the author chose to explore the reality behind a school shooting and what it truly does to everyone involved — the reality which isn’t usually disclosed when it comes to young readers. All in all, Caroline Pignat had written yet another powerful and moving book that will give readers a thrilling and realistic yet impactful and touching first-hand experience of what it’s genuinely like to live through a school shooting. Rating 5/5 stars.
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

"The Shooter" is an interesting novel that takes relatable characters and puts them into a dynamic school lockdown scenario where they learn about eachothers lives and soon, the making of the shooting.
In "The Shooter" by Caroline Pignat, a regular day at school quickly turns into a nightmare when a group of school children are locked in a bathroom trying to stay alive from an active shooter released in their school. As they interact, they slowly form a bond and soon realize the real meaning behind the incident, involving people who they never thought would be.
I liked the characters of the book, each was unique, with their own pros and cons. Together, they created an interesting dynamic that I was excited to see work together in order to solve the shooter mystery. The way of writing the chapters was also very unique, for example some of Isabella's chapters were based around text messages between her and her friends, while some like Xander were centered around school projects and "mission logs".
The plot of the book started off simple, as a group of teens trying to survive a school shooting, however as the story went on, aspects of why, and who were revealed through the character Xander. He had ties to the shooter, and because of that, the plot had thickened, as he seems to not understand social norms, described as a social outcast.
Irony was a prevelant theme in this book, one of the characters named Hogan is described to have a rough past, and had actually killed someone (albeit on accident). However, despite this, Hogan near the end of the book is hailed as a hero, because he had actually saved Noah's life, an autistic male.
I would recommend this novel to a reader who values character development and a touch of drama.
- Chris

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samdog123 Sep 12, 2016

I've read most of Caroline Pignat's recent historical fiction, which I've absolutely loved. This book dealing with a modern scenario where a shooter is targeting a high school, is a switch in direction for her and one I'm not sure I like. The book seems like its been done before and all the characters seem to lack originality. Still its an interesting teen read.

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originofanna
Aug 09, 2016

this wasn't as good as i was hoping, in the middle it got a bit messy but i was intrigued for the majority of the book and i really enjoyed the characters.

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KABuck
Aug 01, 2016

A major point of advertisement for this book is its claim to be a remake of the acclaimed movie, The Breakfast Club. After reading Shooter, I have to say that Caroline Pignat has managed to go beyond that. Three decades have passed since the days of The Breakfast Club, and the world in which five kids sat in detention is no more. High school has become a drastically different scene. While a small collection of today's students may still yield that entertaining and edifying variety of problems, styles and perspectives seen in the 80s, the connection between them—one nourished by greater technology, awareness, and twenty-first century social phenomena—has new implications.

Shooter captures this evolution with new cliques: princesses, jocks, criminals, nerds and basket cases are replaced by the overlapping hybrids of each other that appear in modern school environments. An attractive, privileged girl is also pressured to constantly achieve success; a neglected troublemaker is also an athlete; an intelligent introvert also deals with problems at home beyond her talents; a boy with social difficulties and unpopular interests is also vulnerable to criminal behaviour; and the student who looks weird, acts weird, and makes people stare has a genuine, medically recognized, and unchangeable uniqueness with which he sees the world.

While many young people (including myself) were worried that Shooter would be another teen fiction novel that made Disney characters of our reality and hyperbolized our social complexities, I assure you that Pignat has put together a suspenseful, fluid, creative, and insightful story. She has proven her skill as an observant teacher in laying out the real fabric of many extremes and dire possibilities of contemporary Canadian high school. It all starts with a lockdown, one whose story I recommend you read.

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Rhiannon_H
Jul 09, 2016

Caroline Pignat could not have made this book any better. It is full all you could want in a book; plot twists, atmosphere, and so much more!! This book was the first (and best) book I've read about a serious topic such as school shootings except less violent. Don't hesitate on reading this magnificent book!

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