That's Not What Happened

Kody Keplinger

10-12 years
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28 August 2018
384 pages

Six survived to tell the story, but who knows the truth?
An addictive page-turner from bestselling US sensation Kody Keplinger, author of THE DUFF.

It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story - that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it's not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did - and didn't - happen that day.

Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

What a book... I honestly can't recommend this book enough.There wasn't one time I sat down to read it that I didn't cry; it's so incredibly moving.

Beautiful Bookland Blog

That's Not What Happened gives readers a lot to think about. Gossip, rumour, sensationalist reporting - these aren't healthy things. And truth isn't as simple a thing as we might think. We should all take notice of the themes of this story.

The Bookbag

It's an unsettling read... gripping and thought-provoking.

Claire Hennessy, Irish Times