15 YA Books About School Shootings That Get Real About Gun Violence

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It may have been over a month since Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost 17 of its students and faculty members at the hands of a school shooter, but we are NOT done talking about it — or about any of the other tragic shootings that have occurred over the years. We refuse to let this be our new normal, which means we need to keep the conversation going and prevent the same thing from happening at another school.

That’s why we love that students who survived the MSD shooting took to the media to send Congress a message about gun control, just like so many A-listers who tweeted about the changes they want to see made in legislation. And to see schools all across the country participate in walkouts to honor the victims of the massacre a month after it happened? Incredible — but the fight is far from over.

We can’t let this tragic event fade from the conversation like so many others have because, let’s be real, this isn’t an issue that will fade if we ignore it. So it’s a good thing that authors are doing what they can to keep this topic alive by writing about school shootings and their widespread effects. From a Stephen King novel written back when he was in a high school to a Sarah Dessen release that came out just last year, these YA books are reminders of what we can’t forget.

Keep in kind that these aren’t your fluffy romance reads to take to the beach. They’re heavy and emotional, gritty and raw, because that’s how life can be! You know what that means — it’s time to head to your local libraries and start reading so you can keep talking.