High school stereotypes put into real world situation

Hailey Cingel, Staff Writer

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      In the 2016 novel, Shooter, author Caroline Pignat covers the issue of having a school shooter. Each chapter is written in one of the five characters perspectives and alternates between them throughout the novel.

  Each of the five characters stand out to represent different stereotypical groups in high school. One of the seniors, Alice, is a shy writer, who has an autistic brother named Noah. Then there’s Isabelle, the token popular girl, who is an overachiever and class president. Hogan is the ex-football player who has a troubled home life. Finally, Pignat created the character Xavier, who is a shy and socially awkward photographer.

  Pignat uses modern styles of writing to give hints to the reader. Through the use of text messages, poetry, and dialogue, she is able to clue the reader in piece by piece.  By using these different and unique styles of writing, Pignat is able to show the deeper thoughts of each character and what they are facing.

  As the story progresses, Pignat reveals who the shooter is, and further explains their reason for deciding to harm their classmates.  The five main characters bond throughout the book, and they all work together to find a solution to the school’s problem.

  Pignat’s stylistic choices help the reader understand how school-shooter situations work.  In her novel, Pignat shows this generation just how people’s actions can affect others negatively in the long run.

  Pignat highlights the importance of choosing kindness over bullying.  The shooter, who isn’t revealed until one of the five admit to knowing who it is, was bullied so badly that they felt it was the only way.

  Pignat’s timing on the release of her novel was perfect, because it relates to several events in real life.  The book was written almost twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting, but since then there have been hundreds of shootings in schools.  

  Pignat uses new and unique styles as well as events in her writing to show young adults what a real situation could be like.  This book pre-dates the Parkland shooting, but it could prove to be useful to current high school students, so that they can understand why some people are pushed over the edge, and how every student can work to make school life better.

  Overall, the book was enthralling and kept the reader on the edge until the very last page. Pignat’s modern style allowed the novel to appeal to younger readers, and was full of writing styles that will remain popular throughout the years.

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