East High School, Des Moines
Dear Barry Lyga,
Over the 2012 summer I read one of your books titled "I Hunt Killers." This book was
awesome. I finished it within two days. While reading, it made me think very hard and out of the box about my life. I started to put myself in the main character's place thinking and coming up with multiple questions like: What if I had a father and he was a serial killer? How would it feel if he had me watch as he prepared to humiliate and kill women?
After these on the surface type questions, I thought about it from a different standpoint. I paid more close attention on how others were treating him and how he treated and looked at himself. While in the process, thinking about some reasons why he treated himself the way others thought he should be treated.
The book, "I Hunt Killers," showed me how parents easily influence and affect their child's life. I came up with the conclusion that any decisions parents make, good or bad, will affect the way their child (especially teenagers) choose to do something in their now and/or future. Thinking such logic, realization came how much mother's actions and thought processing affected my future. Going back to the book, he chose not to follow in his father's footsteps, but instead use his father's negativity and violence in a good way. He also chose not to be his father's protege. Looking at this, taking a different approach was a good decision. One thing that surprised me, besides who the new serial killer in town was, but it was myself. I finished reading on the last day of 2012 summer vacation, and realized for my upcoming sophomore year, that I don't have to do anything that I don't want to, don't have to do what my mother did, and lastly don't have to feel the way everyone expects me to just because of my background or race. In the book, "I Hunt Killers," I didn't only realize I'm my own person, but I am who I am and don't have to change because of a statistic, therapist, mother, father, sister or brother. The only reason change will come my way is because of me, myself, and I. Thanks should go to you, Mr. Lyga, for helping me find myself through a book that was very interesting and enjoyable.