Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review: Bang by Barry Lyga

One shot ruined his life. Another one could end it.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend—Aneesa—to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.

It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.


At the age of four, Sebastian accidentally shot and killed his infant sister. Now fourteen, he still hasn't forgiven himself and contemplates suicide every night. When his best friend leaves for the summer, he figures it's finally the right time. 

That is until he meets Aneesa, a new girl in town, who, unlike everyone else, doesn't know about Sebastian's past. She convinces him to use his creative pizza talents to create YouTube channel and livens up his life for a while, distracting him from his guilt and loneliness, though it's still always hidden beneath the surface.

 Lyga's writing is honest and introspective, showing a perspective of tragedy that we rarely witness. This is a heartbreaking, but also heartwarming story that will remain with you for weeks after reading it.

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