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This review is from: We Need To Talk About Kevin (Paperback)
I found this book quite difficult to get into to start with. However, after a few chapters, I was hooked. It's a compelling subject matter & brings about a lot of ideas of whether a mother can not love her child. It also brings about the age old question of whether someone is born evil, or learns it.
Eva is not the most likeable character, I spent a lot of the time thinking she was just selfish! Franklin also comes across as a bit of an ideallist, he see's Kevin as the boy he wants him to be, not the boy that he is. As for Kevin, he comes across as a very dark and conniving boy. It's interesting to debate whether he really is as bad as Eva thinks, or if he has responded to her fears of being a bad mother.
I liked the little twist at the end, surprisingly for me I didn't see it coming! I also liked the way that some of Eva's suspicions of things that Kevin has done aren't ever really proved. I've found that I liked this book more when I read it for the second time.