This week’s post is late for me because it’s been a week. Anyway, for me, a book that deals with a tough topic well is one of my go-to books. Regularly Scheduled Life by KA Mitchell. The book is currently out of print, but it’s a favorite. It deals with the aftermath of a school shooting and the effects on the characters. It particularly resonated with me because I’ve lived through crises at school and more than one bomb threat.
Here’s a little bit about the book:
Sean and Kyle have enjoyed six perfect years of what their friends called a disgustingly happy relationship. But what happens one sunny morning might be more than even the most loving couple can survive. When the bell rings that morning in chemistry teacher Sean’s first-period class, a terrifying sound fills the halls–gunshots. Sean runs to tackle the shooter, sustaining a bullet wound to his leg. He is unable to save the lives of the principal and two students. Kyle hears about the shooting on the radio, and in the flash of an instant finds his life irrevocably altered. Everything, especially his heart, hangs suspended in a nightmare until he finds out Sean is alive. Kyle’s just relieved the worst is over. Or is it? Putting that day behind them isn’t as simple as it sounds. As Sean struggles to make something positive out of the tragedy, Kyle fights to save their relationship from the dangers of publicity and Sean’s unwillingness to face how the crisis has changed him.