3 Reasons To Read… That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

3 Reasons to Read...That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

So many books come out each week that it makes it hard to decide what to read. We want to make that a little bit easier on you by sharing our favorite releases from the week and telling you our top 3 reasons why we think you’ll love them too!

This week one of our selections is That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger. Are you ready to hear more about this book and its author? Here we go…

3 Reasons To Read… That’s Not What Happened by Kody KeplingerThat's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
Also by this author: Lying Out Loud
Published by Scholastic Press on August 28, 2018
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 336
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It's been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story--that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it's not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did--and didn't--happen that day.

Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .


3 Reasons You Should Read…

That’s Not What Happened
by Kody Keplinger


  • Kody told us that this is “the book of her heart” when we saw her at TLA back in April. It shows with every word she put on the page.
  • That’s Not What Happened tackles a very tough and unfortunately, an increasingly common topic. Kody doesn’t sugar coat it. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s emotional.
  • This one is for you if you’re looking for a contemporary that deals with difficult real-life situations, one that will run you through a gauntlet of emotions, and one with amazing characters/relationships.


About Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in small town western Kentucky, where she began her writing career after penning the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, The DUFF, at age seventeen. The DUFF, now a major motion picture, was chosen as an YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and a Romantic Times Top Pick. Kody has since written other books for both young adult and middle grade readers. When she isn't writing, Kody is posting about fashion and body positivity on her Instagram, chatting about her favorite TV shows on Twitter, or making videos for her YouTube account. Kody is also the co-founder of Disability in KidLit and a teacher at the Gotham Writers Workshops in NYC.

That's Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

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