|Title:||She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom Of Cassie Bernall|
|Publisher:||Plough Pub House|
|Number of pages:||160|
After the massacre on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, Cassie Bernall's story has fascinated the media as people dub her a martyr and struggle to forge meaning out of a "senseless" tragedy. Cassie's mother tells the tale of Cassie's complex life up to that decisive moment. It's the story of a young woman who at one point had started down a troubled path similar to that of her killers, a story of tough choices and the war between goodness and evil in every person.
In the aftermath of the Columbine High School tragedy, a story came out about Cassie Bernall, a young woman who allegedly professed her belief in God in the moments before she was shot dead. Hailed a modern-day martyr by Christian groups and the media, detectives revealed months later that she may never have had such an exchange with her killer. Bernall's parents responded to the news with a statement:
"Our intent was to share Cassie's story in an effort to encourage parents and teenagers. If any of our actions have hurt or offended anyone, we sincerely apologize."
In She Said Yes, a moving memoir written by Cassie's mother, Misty Bernall, we meet the real Cassie, a typical adolescent who struggles with peer pressure and her relationship with her parents. Once headed down the common teenage path of self-loathing and depression, Cassie turned her life around through her faith and the support of a group of people who helped her find peace and purpose--her youth group at church. Though Cassie was far from the perfect child, She Said Yes tells the story of how Cassie's faith gave her the strength to overcome the obstacles she faced in her young life. Regardless of what happened at Columbine, She Said Yes is a moving tribute to an extraordinary young woman and a lesson for both parents and teenagers alike.