- File Size: 443 KB
- Print Length: 148 pages
- Publication Date: November 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008055B7E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,670,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Perfect Forgiveness (Deep River High: Book Two 2) Kindle Edition
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I see this author's skills improving with each novel. I look forward to Cilimberg's next installment!
Without unneeded introduction, the story thrusts us into the next year of Deep River High, with protagonist Kirk Williams being shoved into a bank of lockers. The bullying that was present in the first book is only amplified in the second. Because of the bullying he suffers--from classmates as well as the two boys who call themselves his best friends--Kirk goes along with his friends' plan to "shoot down" the school to cleanse it of bullies.
On November 1, over 20 people lost their lives at Deep River High. Kirk is the only one of the three shooters left standing at the end of the rampage and is the only one left to face the consequences (the other two die by another shooter's hands). The remaining 65% of the book is dealing with the aftermath of the shooting and how the kids (and youth pastor) at the Eastside Church of Christ and the school--and most especially Kirk himself--deals with the feelings of remorse, guilt, rage, confusion and the rest of the emotions that go along with such a traumatic experience.
The author, whom I know through Facebook, lost a friend due to bullycide (suicide caused by excessive bullying). The Anti-Bullying message is an extremely important one to this author--for good and noble reasons--and that is to be respected. She also does a good job of allowing her characters from the first book to grow along with their chronological age. The head-hopping, which some people dislike, is done well, and there are usually chapter breaks or other indications in the formatting that a new point of view is being used.Read more ›
Kirk Williams is an unpopular student at Deep River High School. He's only got two close friends, who don't treat him much better than the bullies who regularly make his life miserable. The friends hatch a plan to revenge themselves upon the bullies (and everyone else), with horrific results. But that's only part of the story - the real story is what happens after. Can the school and the larger community recover from the tragedy? And can Kirk find a way to live with what he's done, and possibly even forgiveness, from the victims, the community at large, or himself?
The book falls into the category of Christian literature, which is appropriate for a story dealing with forgiveness and the difficulty in both giving and receiving it. The glimpses into the mind of a troubled teen who never got the support he needed from anyone around him and, worse, is so damaged that he can't recognize genuine friendship when it is offered, are both powerful and disturbing - all the more so because we've all seen real-life counterparts to Kirk on the news in recent years.
The author has a very important message about the toll that bullying, and the neglect of adults who should be supporting their children, can take, and the potential consequences. It's not a "fin" read, but it is a cautionary book and one that bullies, their victims and their families, should read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect forgiveness is a story that tells a difficult tale of a student who was bullied by most everyone he knew. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Carol S
Perfect Forgiveness (Deep River High: Book Two) by Shaina Cilimberg is a great book on a big problem in the school system. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Sheryl
This is a raw, emotional book, a disturbing and challenging read. It vividly describes the terrible bullying at a high school which leads three boys to attempt to kill their fellow... Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Helen
Calimberg once again addresses high school issues in her second novel, Perfect Forgiveness. Not a novel to be taken lightly, this book is meant for Christian teenagers who want to... Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by sparklingunicorn
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Having said that, the story line itself is excellent. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Linda Whitehead Humbert
Perfect Forgiveness is the second book I was given by this author to review, again she blows me away with telling a good story thoroughly, and from many perspectives. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Diana A.
Perfect Forgvieness is a wonderful read. It will warm your heart and soul. It is well written and a new to be classic.Published on July 12, 2013 by Audrey
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