Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian’s son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high-school students, a cafeteria worker and a popular algebra teacher. Now, in a series of letters to her absent husband, Eva recounts the story of how Kevin came to be Kevin.
Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general and Kevin in particular. How much is her fault? When did it all start to go wrong?
Or was it, in fact, ever ‘right at all?
Recently the 20Somethhings book club met for the first time. Instantly we were given the task of finding a book … enter We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Why was this book chosen? In one word, controversial. All you need to do is read the back cover and you know you’re in for it.
So we borrowed or bought the book and met 30 days later to see our reaction to Kevin and his family.
Instant conversation starter. We all could agree on the fact that the father was a bit useless, but what about Kevin and his mother Eva, what about their relationship? Who’s to blame for Kevin’s mass murder? Did he really ruin his sister’s eye or cause the little girl to scratch herself until she bled?
These questions were harder to answer. As you read along you find similarities between Eva and her son, who in my opinion is a little bit of a genius in his own right and because the story is told as an account of Kevin’s life from his mother’s perspective, you need to take it with a pinch of salt, after all you really trust what she’s saying?
We spoke about the fact that Eva should not have been a mother and the impact if being cold to your children. We spoke about why people have children, why we did or didn’t think Kevin hurt his little sister, in more than one way, and we deeply discussed the difference between Kevin’s high school murders and that of the other high school murders that make themselves apparent in this book.
We all had differing opinions, so the book did its job and got us talking.
Although we couldn’t agree if it was a “good book” it’s worth the read.”