Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories by Sarah Lerner
Synopsis: Featuring art and writing from the students of the Parkland tragedy, this is a raw look at the events of February 14, and a poignant representation of grief, healing, and hope.
The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School share their emotional journeys that began on February 14, 2018, and continue today. This revealing and unfiltered look at teens living in the wake of tragedy is a poignant representation of grief, anger, determination, healing, and hope.
The intimate collection includes poetry, eyewitness accounts, letters, speeches, journal entries, drawings, and photographs from the events of February 14 and its aftermath. Full of heartbreaking loss, a rally cry for change, and hope for a safe future, these artistic pieces will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and the importance of valuing and protecting the ones you love.
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019
Is it sad that I thought this was a comic book when I picked it up at the library? Yeah, it literally looked like one before I saw the title and flipped through the pages. I expected to be crying while reading this because no matter how much I love reading about this kind of experience and what they go through, but knowing that seventeen lives were lost one year ago sucks.
I liked the poetry and all that, but I didn’t really connect it on the personal. I got goosebumps, but yes, the poetry and all that was heartbreaking, but at the same time it didn’t make me sad. Then again, I was in zombie-mode while I read this book so yeah, that really sucks.
I’m glad to see that some of these students found some hobby to occupy their time while healing from their tragic experience. It was really sad, but I didn’t love it as much as I expected it too. It really was decent, but I prefer the other non-fiction about this than this book for some odd reason, but it was nice seeing what they wrote on that day and how it was heartbreaking, but somehow the journalism book got more emotions from me.
Overall, it was a decent book that I thoroughly recommend reading about.