We Need To Talk About Kevin

I read We Need To Talk About Kevin a while back and am not sure why I never wrote up about it. This was a very powerful book for me and for whatever reason I never wrote anything up about it. Maybe the story hits too hard or maybe I don’t know how to put it into words. Still, I’m going to attempt it, so bear with me. I was going to write this in the form of my other reviews but I can’t, I have too many opinions and thoughts about this.

This story follows Eva through letters she is writing her husband after her son was put in prison for a school shooting. She is coming to terms with who her son really was and what he was to her. In her letters she talks about how she got pregnant and suddenly realized it wasn’t what she wanted. She talks about the evil things her son does and how there seemed to be something inherently wrong with him from birth.

But is there something really wrong with him? Did she just resent him for taking away the life she loved so much before he arrived? Did she grow to hate him because he forever changed her relationship with her husband? Or was he in fact as evil as she believed he was but maybe it was all because she never wanted him to begin with?

There are no answers.

However I believe it’s impossible to read this book and be able to like Kevin. I also found the husband infuriating who never seemed to support his wife and always responded with “he’s just a kid!” It’s also difficult not to get annoyed with Eva, who clearly resents a situation she put herself into.

This book will make you angry and will probably leave you feeling sad but it will make you think. It takes a very uneasy look at motherhood, one that most might rather not even imagine.

ps. This is currently in pre-production to be made into a movie, watch out.

Rating: ★★★★★


  1. Miss Britt

    March 31, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Oh, um, ow. Just reading your review makes my stomach knot up a lot and.. yeah… don’t think I could handle this one.

    1. Robin

      March 31, 2010 at 10:42 am

      @Miss Britt: I’ve yet to find a book that I can’t stomach, not sure what that says about me. I even read all of American Psycho, which I think maybe most shouldn’t be able to stomach.

  2. Grant

    March 31, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Maybe it hit home because he is named after your favorite actor. Read it again, but substitute Hyronemous for Kevin and see if it has the same impact. Then try it a third time with Shartwad to see how it fares.

    1. Robin

      March 31, 2010 at 10:42 am

      @Grant: You really think I could ever think less of my Kevin? pfft.

  3. Alissa

    March 31, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I’d have to read it! Hmmm.

  4. Pauline

    March 31, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Sounds like a pretty scary book!

    1. Robin

      March 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      @Pauline: it’s intense for sure.

  5. subWOW

    April 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Wow. This would be a very tough book to read for someone with two sons and who is constantly aware of whatever she does at home she is shaping two individuals who will be let into the larger society one day so she’d better make sure that she is doing her best otherwise she’ll be doing the larger universe a disservice…. uh oh.

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