Wow, just, wow! A well-written book on a very difficult subject. I laughed, cried, was sad, was happy, so many emotions. I felt for the characters as they faced the challenge of trying to deal with the situation. "No, I'm not" is what Chris said toward the end of the book when Chris and Claire have a conversation about being okay although neither could say the word okay. It is okay to not with the situation they were just dealt. Many of the students were not but they came together. Ms. Nijkamp tackled a tough subject and did it well. One part that left me reeling was when the kids were slowly trickling out of the school. Claire's thought - "A current passes through the crowd with the news of each survivor. Relief and sorrow follow each other rapidly, because with the names of those who live comes the void of those who have not Death brings life; life brings death. There are no words in that fleeting moment between hope and the knowledge. There is no way to express how a heart can burst and break at the same time, how the sun can cut through the darkness but will cast shadows everywhere." So many feels right now.

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