Sebastian knows he killed his sister. She was only a few months old and he was four. It was an accident - he didn't mean to, he was just holding the gun! But, everyone looks at him like he is a stone-cold-killer. Ten years later, they still look at him like he's rubbish. His mother hates him, his father has left him and Sebastian has a plan. He's going to get a gun and join his sister. Then Aneesa moves into town and Sebastian finally finds a friend who doesn't know his past. Together Sebastian and Aneesa make videos and post them on YouTube. They have fun and Sebastian thinks life might be worth living. But the story doesn't end there.
In Bang, Lyga has written the rest of the story. On the news we hear about "The Event." What we don't hear about is what happens to the people years down the line. How do they cope? How do they survive? Does "The Event" break them? The news tells us the short term story. Bang shows us reality - how people pick up the pieces and go on living.
— Charla Hollingsworth, Hastings Ninth Grade Center
"Fans of 13 Reasons Why will find a lot to like in Lyga's latest." --Entertainment Weekly This is Where it Ends, Hate List, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock readers will appreciate this heartbreaking novel about living with your worst mistake, from New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga. A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood. Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one--not even Sebastian himself--can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun. Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend, Aneesa, to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. It took a gun to get him into this. Now he needs a gun to get out. Unflinching and honest, Bang is the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed, as true and as relevant as tomorrow's headlines.
About the Author
Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including Bang, After the Red Rain, the I Hunt Killers trilogy, and his debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Barry lives and writes in New Jersey, and invites you to visit his website at barrylyga.com.