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The official, definitive book from The March for Our Lives founders about the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, the March for Our Lives, and the ongoing fight for sensible gun control legislation in the United States. GLIMMER OF HOPE: HOW TRAGEDY SPARKED A MOVEMENT chronicles in first person essays the events of February 14th and the creation o The official, definitive book from The March for Our Lives founders about the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, the March for Our Lives, and the ongoing fight for sensible gun control legislation in the United States. GLIMMER OF HOPE: HOW TRAGEDY SPARKED A MOVEMENT chronicles in first person essays the events of February 14th and the creation of the March for our Lives from the founders of the movement, including Emma González, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, and more. The book also features oral histories of both the first day back to school following the shooting and the March for Our Lives, one of the largest marches in America’s history. On February 14th, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the site of one of the worst mass shootings in American history, in which 17 students and teachers were killed and 17 more were injured. Instead of dwelling on the pain and tragedy of that fateful day, a group of inspiring students from MSD channeled their feelings of hurt, rage, and sorrow into action, and went on to create one of the largest youth-led movements in global history.


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The official, definitive book from The March for Our Lives founders about the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, the March for Our Lives, and the ongoing fight for sensible gun control legislation in the United States. GLIMMER OF HOPE: HOW TRAGEDY SPARKED A MOVEMENT chronicles in first person essays the events of February 14th and the creation o The official, definitive book from The March for Our Lives founders about the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, the March for Our Lives, and the ongoing fight for sensible gun control legislation in the United States. GLIMMER OF HOPE: HOW TRAGEDY SPARKED A MOVEMENT chronicles in first person essays the events of February 14th and the creation of the March for our Lives from the founders of the movement, including Emma González, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, and more. The book also features oral histories of both the first day back to school following the shooting and the March for Our Lives, one of the largest marches in America’s history. On February 14th, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the site of one of the worst mass shootings in American history, in which 17 students and teachers were killed and 17 more were injured. Instead of dwelling on the pain and tragedy of that fateful day, a group of inspiring students from MSD channeled their feelings of hurt, rage, and sorrow into action, and went on to create one of the largest youth-led movements in global history.

30 review for Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*

    Beautiful. Concise. Hopeful. Powerful. I loved their refusal to name the names that aren’t helpful— the name of the president and the name of the shooter aren’t ever mentioned, that I recall. But the names of the victims, the names of the movements and marches, the names of the future they’re building. 5 very proud stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I flew through this unexpected library find. These experiences, straight from the mouths of so many young adults are powerful to read. I vacillated between heartbreak for what they have gone through and anger that it’s been left up to them to fight this fight. Including how little our leaders have done and still don’t do to protect the citizens of this country from the epidemic of gun violence, even with consensus on many common sense solutions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Kiernan

    There is no substitute for authenticity. These are the stories of the kids in the Florida high school where the horrible shooting took place. In their own words, they describe how they turned tragedy into a national movement. There is no gore, nor even a description of the events that Feb. 14. Instead this is writing about the heart -- what it felt like to hide in the dark, to go back to school two weeks later, to prepare for a CNN interview. The book closes with a ten-step agenda for increasing There is no substitute for authenticity. These are the stories of the kids in the Florida high school where the horrible shooting took place. In their own words, they describe how they turned tragedy into a national movement. There is no gore, nor even a description of the events that Feb. 14. Instead this is writing about the heart -- what it felt like to hide in the dark, to go back to school two weeks later, to prepare for a CNN interview. The book closes with a ten-step agenda for increasing gun safety without damaging 2nd Amendment rights. It is entirely reasonable, and as this book proves, long overdue.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsy

    Don’t forget about these kids. LISTEN to these kids.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ben Rogers

    ⛔🚫🔫 Extremely powerful book. This is activism done right. I feel compelled to assist making a change to gun policy, even though I live in Canada. Really well written testimonials and stories from the students directly-affected by the shooting - must have been tough to revisit & write, really touching stories. Highly recommend for anyone in government or education - better yet, anyone who can vote. Progress notes while reading: Learning SO MUCH and getting really inspired to make a stand and a ⛔🚫🔫 Extremely powerful book. This is activism done right. I feel compelled to assist making a change to gun policy, even though I live in Canada. Really well written testimonials and stories from the students directly-affected by the shooting - must have been tough to revisit & write, really touching stories. Highly recommend for anyone in government or education - better yet, anyone who can vote. Progress notes while reading: Learning SO MUCH and getting really inspired to make a stand and a change against gun violence and gun control. Topics learned so far: How to be an effective activist. What the mainstream media does against the cause and what they should be doing instead. How to start a meaningful conversation on social media. How to request & convince the government to make a change. Learning to make change in government and legislation by your vote. Learning to be more respectful to people who experienced trauma such as school shootings. Learning all the various triggers for victims of shootings that actually exist in the 'real world' and being able to empathize with their feelings. The power + helpfulness that a well-behaved therapy dog can do for good. Learning about corruption in government and how to force change in gun control policies, and uncovering statistics of gun violence they hide from the public. How to hold elected officials responsible for the policies - or getting into politics to make the changes necessary yourself, first-hand. ⛔🔫🚫

  6. 5 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    On February 14th, 2018, there was a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and 17 people --- 14 students, one teacher and two coaches --- died. From that moment, a movement was born. Students from Marjory Stoneman decided to create an organization to call for protection against gun violence. These students organized a march on March 24th, 2018. They named the march, and their organization, March for Our Lives. From then the March for Our Lives founders have done many things inc On February 14th, 2018, there was a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and 17 people --- 14 students, one teacher and two coaches --- died. From that moment, a movement was born. Students from Marjory Stoneman decided to create an organization to call for protection against gun violence. These students organized a march on March 24th, 2018. They named the march, and their organization, March for Our Lives. From then the March for Our Lives founders have done many things including a tour across the United States and are continuing to do more to fight against gun violence. Now, they have written the book GLIMMER OF HOPE. The founders include Cameron Kasky, Delaney Tarr, Kyrah Simon and more students both from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and elsewhere. GLIMMER OF HOPE chronicles the story of the founders March for Our Lives from February 14th to the first day back at school to the march and even onwards to the future. GLIMMER OF HOPE shows the inner workings of the March for Our Lives movement as each student takes a turn telling the story. The students also describe their own experience with either the shooting, their lives afterward and/or how they became involved in the March for Our Lives. Each chapter focuses on a different significant event. The chapters are written by one to three people except for the two focusing on the first day back at school and the March for Our Lives on March 24th. A great thing about GLIMMER OF HOPE is that it is written completely by students --- college students, high school students and even a student who is not even in high school yet. This gives the book a great feel, because the book gives voice to students when students are usually ignored by many people including those in government as GLIMMER OF HOPE shows. It also feels good for students to hear other students writing and giving voice to a movement that personally can affect and affects all of us. By reading GLIMMER OF HOPE, the world can see how even though students are young, they are serious about their present and the future and about ensuring mistakes from the past do not happen again. I also really liked how the authors of GLIMMER OF HOPE showed how March for Our Lives all came together and how the organization works now. The authors show how everyone works together and also how everyone is now bonded together through the organization in the book. It also shows how hard the founders of March for Our Lives worked all the while dealing with school and their own trauma that affected them due to the shooting. GLIMMER OF HOPE is inspiring as it shows how this moment began, gives hope for the future by showing how far we’ve come, but also mobilizes those who read it as it shows how much farther we have to go. GLIMMER OF HOPE by the founders of the March for Our Lives is a great book. Anyone looking to learn how to participate in politics or anyone looking to learn more about how to prevent gun violence should read this book. GLIMMER OF HOPE is inspiring, and it gives a good message to the world about how we need to rise up and work together to bring more action to prevent gun violence.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    People say that young people are apathetic and politically unaware. I taught college for 33 years so I always knew that wasn't true. But if you have any doubts, read this book. These kids are amazing and their story will move you. They are candid about the pain and frustration they have felt in dealing with the loss of their friends and teachers as well as the indifference paid them by adults, particularly politicians. Their frustrations have led them to organize, protest and change the world. I People say that young people are apathetic and politically unaware. I taught college for 33 years so I always knew that wasn't true. But if you have any doubts, read this book. These kids are amazing and their story will move you. They are candid about the pain and frustration they have felt in dealing with the loss of their friends and teachers as well as the indifference paid them by adults, particularly politicians. Their frustrations have led them to organize, protest and change the world. I have been an activist my whole adult life, thought less immediately involved these days. This writing captures perfectly the exhilaration and endless energy one feels when engaged in political organizing. That kind of work fills you with passion, intensity and camaraderie. This book should be required reading in high schools across the country.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    It was like getting punched in the face by the physical embodiment of every single inspiring TED Talk out there. And that basically sums up how I felt while reading the majority of this book. If these kind, empathetic, forward-thinking people are our future, we are all going to be okay.

  9. 5 out of 5

    S

    This book was written by the youth in the March for Our Lives movement and it is inspiring and honest. The chapter in which the kids talk about their first day back at school after a two week break following the shooting was the most moving to me- something you have to sit down and absorb for a few minutes before you can recover. The closing section on common sense policy recommendations was also really good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Powerful and moving - a great Election Day read that felt so empowering

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alison Smith

    It is a depressing fact that in modern-day America, mass shootings are no longer surprising. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which resulted in the deaths of 17 students and teachers, could’ve been headline news that generates “thoughts and prayers” from politicians but no action. Yet with it, the March For Our Lives movement was born. The extraordinary origins of the movement is told by its founders in their new book, which details their anger and activ It is a depressing fact that in modern-day America, mass shootings are no longer surprising. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which resulted in the deaths of 17 students and teachers, could’ve been headline news that generates “thoughts and prayers” from politicians but no action. Yet with it, the March For Our Lives movement was born. The extraordinary origins of the movement is told by its founders in their new book, which details their anger and activism, but also their trauma and grief. For admirers of the movement and its leaders, the book, which is composed of essays, excerpts from speeches, and conversations between students, offers enlightening behind-the-scenes info about now-famous events. For instance, Emma González was writing her iconic speech at the gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale up until she started speaking. But regardless of one’s personal stance on gun control, it serves as a useful primer for activism in the age of social media. The writers detail the many steps in their movement, from connecting with the media to designing merch. It also shows the dedication and countless hours of work required to make a movement successful--work that doesn’t make headlines. More personally, the book delves into the trauma the Parkland survivors still face. Emma González writes about her fear that every time a stranger congratulates her on her activism, they’re actually planning to shoot her at close range. Delaney Tarr describes how the beeping noises that accompany votes on the House floor sounded like a fire alarm and reminded her of the shooting. Terrified, she wondered, “Are we going to die?” The book is an important reminder that trauma and grief are lifelong baggage not captured by fleeting news coverage. A common charge against the March For Our Lives movement—as well as any effort, after a mass shooting, to change gun policy—is that it is disrespectful to the dead, that it turns tragedy into politics. But for the Parkland survivors, activism is a way to channel their grief into something positive, while acknowledging that it will never go away. In the lead up to the historic march in D.C., Emma writes that “thinking about anything other than planning the march and the solutions for the future was to have a breakdown.” During this time, members of the nascent movement barely ate, slept, or showered, so busy were they working. Although A Glimmer of Hope could use better editing and more structure, these flaws are reflective of the fact that the book is, like the movement it documents, unfinished. Ultimately, though, it’s a book that’s simultaneously sobering and inspiring, and that offers far more than just a glimmer of hope.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly K

    "We can't keep putting up these walls - we need people to actually relate and feel what other people are feeling." Dammit. While I try to have the demeanor of not giving any shits, I can be such a sap that maples are jealous. I care too much, which isn't the problem. The problem is in society we aren't supposed to show we care. We aren't supposed to leave ourselves vulnerable as it's believed to be a sign of weakness. Stop it. Make connections with people because what the fuck else do we have but "We can't keep putting up these walls - we need people to actually relate and feel what other people are feeling." Dammit. While I try to have the demeanor of not giving any shits, I can be such a sap that maples are jealous. I care too much, which isn't the problem. The problem is in society we aren't supposed to show we care. We aren't supposed to leave ourselves vulnerable as it's believed to be a sign of weakness. Stop it. Make connections with people because what the fuck else do we have but each other.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Don

    Telling the story, keeping it real. Multiple authors of varying skill. The purpose of the book is what the rating is for. Emotional read. It always strikes me, naively I guess, at the disconnect between what these young adults are doing and those that believe it is only about taking all guns away from their owners; it is not, not once in this book or movement. That is all the rhetoric of politicians and a certain gun lobbyist organizations (masquerading as non-profit).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miko Lee

    Required reading for anyone that works with youth and or in interested in social change. This is a retelling of the youth activists from Parkland who survived a horrific school shooting and then using their theatre and school government training went on to inspire a national movement on gun control. Forthcoming stories from the teens themselves.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beata Fogarasi

    i cried a lot reading this, of course, and continue to be in awe of the grace of these young people. their honesty and thoughtfulness shines from the page. the sadness and inspiration i felt at the march for our lives is captured really well here, and its particularly gratifying to finish reading this after the election, knowing how many gun sense candidates were elected this time around.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    It took me a while to get through this book but it's honestly so good. it felt so inspiring. I'm not going to lie there were parts where I bawled my eyes out because some of the things they said were just t h a t good.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Koontz

    I think everyone should read this book regardless of stance on gun policy. Whether or not you agree with the ideas discussed, these kids went through the unimaginable and chose to rise above in response to the tragedy that struck their community and for that I admire their strength and resilience.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I'm incredibly inspired by this group of teenagers and their activism, so that is largely why I found the content of the book somewhat disappointing. Still, their work has made me commit to never missing an election again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Hodgson

    I am not exaggerating when I say this one of them best books I have ever read. I cried, I smiled, and a fire was ignited inside me that encouraged me to continue my activism. Absolutely phenomenal. I love it I love it I love it

  20. 4 out of 5

    Les Vogel

    Why we vote... Was in tears through much of the book. First tears of sadness then tears of joy. A fast but important read. Inspiring, clear and delightful. I’m heartened to see how they have turned this tragedy into something so incredibly positive.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mychal Threets

    This book is necessary to read. The authors, Parkland students who experienced the tragedy, reveal how they’re working to improve the safety of their fellow youth. Their thoughtfulness and courage is exceptional.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaylabookworm22 L

    This was such a heart breaking and inspiring book! I am glad I bought this and read it and encourage others to do the same.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Here is my whole review—these kids are amazing. Let them lead the way.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Bryant

    This is important.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    One of the best books I've read. It showed some of what the students went through both mentally and physically when planning all of the huge events. How they made it their mission for them to become much more than a statistic. They worked so hard to start something so much bigger than just getting apologies and everyone forgetting it after a while. It really showed the full point of view that you didn't really know about. They were all really just trying to work with all of the parties to get th One of the best books I've read. It showed some of what the students went through both mentally and physically when planning all of the huge events. How they made it their mission for them to become much more than a statistic. They worked so hard to start something so much bigger than just getting apologies and everyone forgetting it after a while. It really showed the full point of view that you didn't really know about. They were all really just trying to work with all of the parties to get things done on gun violence and much more law being applied do that everyone really is safe and so that history doesn't have to repeat itself for there to actually be a change done. Highly recommend!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stef

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Schiavino

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Halima Ibrahim

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