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She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall (edition 2000)

by Misty Bernall

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Title:She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall
Authors:Misty Bernall
Info:Pocket (2000), Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
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I think, with this one, it's important to keep in mind that it was written very shortly after the shooting at Columbine. It takes a while for the dust to settle, for the real story to get sorted out. After a while, it was determined that the exchange that inspired the title for the book never took place. A similar exchange occurred between one of the shooters and another victim (who survived) and the boy who reported hearing the conversation between Cassie and the shooter must have mistakenly thought it was Cassie. There is also a thing or two she says about grief that i feel she might not have said had she waited until she'd begun to heal. It just seemed like therapeutic writing to me and that it would have been better had she written this, waited a few months/years/whatever she needed and then revisited it, revised it, and published it.

But all that aside, i did find it interesting and i enjoyed reading it.

(Review written August 25, 2014.) ( )
  danaenicole | Oct 30, 2016 |
There is much controversy in many of the books regarding the shootings at Columbine as to whether there is truth to them or not. From this one to the most popular book written by Mr. Cullen...there is going to be untruths in them. No one really knows what happened in that school except the people that were there and it is not uncommon for memories to become tainted, both as time goes on and right after the initial event as being in shock can distort memories. So I basically take with a grain of salt what I read about the topic. What I found interesting in this book, however, was Cassie's background. I was not aware of the troubles she had with alcohol, drugs and the occult. I was under the impression that she was just another popular girl that was murdered on this day. What a testimony to the ignorance we all have towards tragedies. I do realize that some of the points in this book were falsified, maybe not on purpose, but because all the info had not been exposed at that point. However, I do not think that the author of the book would have any reason to falsify Cassie's struggles before that horrific event occurred. I actually found this book NOT on purpose. My daughter had read it years ago, probably for school, and left it in my Jeep. I moved it from the Jeep to the bookshelf, and there it sat for ten years. In cleaning through the bookshelf, I found the book, forgetting that I put it there. So, before giving it away, I took the short time to read it, and am very glad that I did. I would not call it great, but it forced me to form a different opinion about Cassie. ( )
  elleayess | Mar 13, 2015 |
The event in the title didn't happen, according to Dave Cullen's research. Not a bad book otherwise, but definitely perpetuates the terrible stereotyping and general fear state that permeated the time about things like Marilyn Manson. ( )
  earthforms | Feb 2, 2014 |
I've read this book several times. My grandma's library had a copy that I read at VBS in jr high. I also read again in high school. It is a really good book. I'm not religious but it had a profound affect on me ( )
  nicdar111 | Jun 19, 2013 |
I'm not sure whether or not to read this, since the incident described in the summary that gave Cassie such individual notoriety never actually happened that way - investigation and witness accounts since Columbine have proven that.

I would normally just say I'm not interested, particularly since I'm about as far from Christian as you can get without being an atheist. But Cassie sounds like an interesting personality for someone who was still so young. So... thinking about it. Has anyone I know read this?
  Trialia | Mar 30, 2013 |
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To my daughter Cassie, the little girl who brought joy to my heart, and the brave young woman whose life has touched an entire nation;

To the twelve others who perished with her at the hands of two troubled classmates at Columbine High on April 20, 1999: Steven Curnow, Corey DePooter, Kelly Fleming, Matthew Kechter, Daniel Mauser, Daniel Rohrbough, David Sanders, Rachel Scott, Isaiah Shoels, John Tomlin, Lauren Townsend and Kyle Velasquez;

To the countless others who suffered physical and emotional injury on that day and are still haunted by the trauma;

And finally, to my husband, Brad, and our son, Chris, who I cherish more than ever before.
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In the aftermath of the Columbine High School tragedy, a story came out about Cassie Bernall, a young woman who allegedly professed her belief in God in the moments before she was shot dead. Hailed a modern-day martyr by Christian groups and the media, detectives revealed months later that she may never have had such an exchange with her killer. Bernall's parents responded to the news with a statement:

"Our intent was to share Cassie's story in an effort to encourage parents and teenagers. If any of our actions have hurt or offended anyone, we sincerely apologize."

In She Said Yes, a moving memoir written by Cassie's mother, Misty Bernall, we meet the real Cassie, a typical adolescent who struggles with peer pressure and her relationship with her parents. Once headed down the common teenage path of self-loathing and depression, Cassie turned her life around through her faith and the support of a group of people who helped her find peace and purpose--her youth group at church. Though Cassie was far from the perfect child, She Said Yes tells the story of how Cassie's faith gave her the strength to overcome the obstacles she faced in her young life. Regardless of what happened at Columbine, She Said Yes is a moving tribute to an extraordinary young woman and a lesson for both parents and teenagers alike.

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8 editions of this book were published by Plough Publishing House.

Editions: 0743400526, 0874869870, 0874869226, 0849916453, 3765516457, 1567404928, 0874869145, 0002000458

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