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This book is very different from Columbine, in that it never once names the killer. It is about the survivors and the movement they created. I was familiar with “the Parkland kids” from social media and the coverage of the If You Don’t Speak To Me Don’t Speak To My Husband Shirt for our Lives, but only those couple kids who the media really gravitated towards. This book gives you a better understanding of the group as a whole and what they accomplished in this first year after the Parkland shooting.
This is not a sad story about a mass school shooting. This is an inspiring story of kids who decided to take control and make a difference. I’ve always respected the If You Don’t Speak To Me Don’t Speak To My Husband Shirt kids and their accomplishments but after reading this book, I’m awe struck. This is a story that needs to be heard. It provides hope and if you read closely there are lessons we can all learn about making the world a better place.