Arc Review: Come Sit By Me by Thomas Hoobler


The boy who shot seven people in the school library is dead. But did his secrets die with him?

Something terrible happened at Hamilton High last year, and those who survived don’t want to relive the past. But Paul has just arrived, and gets the same locker that the shooter used. He wants to know what really happened…and you know what curiosity did to the cat.


I received an eARC of the book via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

“…the evil was so strong. Could just a little bit of kindness have overcome it?

In a society rocked by school shootings, the blurb of this book is what caught my attention.

A school that has been rocked by a shooting – and a school that wants to forget.

A boy who walks in – and – a boy who gets his story known.

Paul is the new entrant into the high school that just recently opened after a school shooting and lo, behold – gets the only locker available – the infamous shooter’s locker.

Getting that locker arouses Paul’s curiosity about understanding the boy who had the locker before him – Caleb. He is confused because no one wants to talk about him, in fact no one even wants to act as if he was even a person let alone someone who lost his life.

The story told in two parts – Paul and Caleb. This book perfectly denotes the evilness that lurks inside every single one of us – the evilness of apathy. It shows how easy it is to overlook the warning signs when you DON’T want to notice.

The book shows the utter lack of sympathy that we as a culture have for those who aren’t similar to the rest of the population. For a society that has been rocked by such a high level of violence in teenagers – it is highly irresponsible that even though we blame everything from parental figures to lack of gun control for the violence – we never seem to even try to get to understand the “why” behind a teenager’s need to resort to violence to be heard.

And that is what this book has tried to do. The author has used a teenage protagonist to show the discrepancy and the apathy in the world around us! While the ending wasn’t something I preferred (I lean more towards an ending that gives me closure!), the ending itself was more realistic than I would have given credit for.

While the secondary characters were more than forgettable, they did hold up the foundation of the book. This book should have been about the school and it’s apathetic attitude – which was more inferred rather than told outright – I would have honestly preferred the outright method in this book.

But it still is a worthwhile read on a subject that stays with you long after you have kept the book aside!


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This is actually an interesting take on a prudent societal issue right now and I believe it should be read by all the bookworms at least once!


4 thoughts on “Arc Review: Come Sit By Me by Thomas Hoobler

  1. This sounds interesting. I’d love to compare it to my copy of “Why kids kill”, a research book where several different perpetrators are explained. I’d like to see how accurate it is.

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      1. If I remember right there were three types of school killers they could distinguish; the psychotic type, someone just going along with someone else, and one other (can’t remember the specifics). The one thing they all had in common: growing up with wrappings around the house and easy access to them (like in dad’s weapons safe that they weren’t supposed to know the code of). I’ll have to reread it at some point. When I do I’ll pay a review 🙂 This book is on my TBR now though!

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