Too cynical to force upon a 12-year old
That's all I can really say about this book based on what I can recall of it. My command of English at the time was lackluster, to say the least, but I'm of the opinion that reading about everyone turning a blind eye upon an Eric Harris-esque sociopath in their midst is not fun, especially not at age 11 or 12. Perhaps it's not meant to be—perhaps the author harnessed the suspense of the situation and the protagonist's lost/repressed memories well enough for this to be good re-reading material. For now, though, I'll just throw this opinion out there. It's similar to how I feel about American Pastoral—Philip Roth is a brilliant writer, and someone an aspiring writer can look up to, but that book should never have been assigned to a 17-year old, even if that 17-year old is considered competent to handle an Advanced Placement literature class.