We need to talk about Kevin, Is written in the form of letters by Kevin’s mother (Eva) to her now ex-husband (Franklin). Eva begins by talking about how she dreaded motherhood and how it was made especially a nightmare by her unlovable son Kevin; who murdered seven of his schoolmates, a cafeteria worker and a very popular teacher, just two days before his sixteenth birthday.
Now two years after the event Eva recounts Kevin’s childhood and teen years through these letters. Trying to understand how she did not pick up on her son’s strange behaviour of finding satisfaction in hurting others. Eva expresses to Franklin (very hurtfully in some places) how she thought he never did listen to her observations of Kevin’s development, and also begins to blame herself and her lack of expressing love to him that made him so unwilling to feel apathy and love towards others.
The book leaves us with the time long question of nature vs. nature. Was Kevin born a sociopath or did he become one? Who is to blame?
This book has also been made into a movie. However like many book to movie happenings, the movie is a bit different. So if you like to read and analyse critical details to understand the nature of the sociopathic Kevin and his antagonistic mother, give this book a go.
Goodreads rating: 4.07