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Posted September 23, 2010
Highly Recommended- start your chain reaction!
Rachel Scott was an incredible girl with brilliant ideas that she implemented in her life up until the moment she was killed at Columbine High school in 1999. This book, written by Rachel's father, is a reflection of the impact Rachel's life had on not only him, but everyone else around her as well. Darrell Scott, uses examples from his life, modern day life, and historical evidence to challenge the reader to create their very own chain reaction just as Rachel Scott did. He uses his daughter's life as a prime example of how a little drop of kindness can cause a ripple effect. Scott's main goal when writing the book was to use the tragedy in his life to inspire people to become more like Rachel and create their own legacy. His main goal is not to make the audience feel sorry for his loss, but rather take this loss and live a life that the reader can be proud of. Scott takes concrete examples and writings from Rachel's life and uses them as the guidelines which is one of the things I appreciated. Rather than only telling the reader what to do, Scott shows that it is truly possible through illustrating his daughter's life, morals, and actions. I also liked how Scott spoke to the reader like a good friend. I felt like I could relate to him even though I hadn't been through any of the things he had. This closeness made me deeply consider my own life and actions and the legacy I want to leave. I loved how this novel was both a reflection of Darrell Scott's life, but also a self reflection. The one thing about the book that can become frustrating is that Scott repeats numerous thoughts and main ideas. The reason for this is to continue to remind readers to consider their lives and become better people, but at times the repetitiveness can become distracting. When reading the sixth chapter, I could've sworn I just had read the same thing in the previous chapter. Although I was sidetracked at times by this, I still thoroughly enjoyed and became inspired by the book. Most of us need to examine our lives every once in a while to get back on track with what we are reaching for. I would strongly recommend this book for those of us who need a push to start back in the right and positive direction and also for those who want to make a change, but do not know how. This book is a guide to evaluate your life and do something with it. The only question that remains is: are you ready to start your own chain reaction?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2008
accept the challenge
recently an assembly was given at my school that was started by the scott family in honor of their daughter. everyone was so moved by it that there were few dry faces by the end and i felt the need to but this to learn more!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.