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Title: She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall
Author: Misty Bernall
Publisher: Published January 1st 2002 by Plough Publishing House (first published September 9th 1999)
ISBN: 9780874869224
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In a perverse celebration of Hitler's birthday, two heavily armed students stormed through a Colorado school on April 20, 1999, killing as many people as they could. Confronting 17-year-old Cassie Bernall, they put a gun to her head and asked: Do you believe in God? She said Yes. The killer laughed and pulled the trigger. Around the world, people hailed Cassie as a modern In a perverse celebration of Hitler's birthday, two heavily armed students stormed through a Colorado school on April 20, 1999, killing as many people as they could. Confronting 17-year-old Cassie Bernall, they put a gun to her head and asked: Do you believe in God? She said Yes. The killer laughed and pulled the trigger. Around the world, people hailed Cassie as a modern martyr, but a far more remarkable story has been left untold. Three years earlier, Cassie herself planned to murder a teacher and threatened suicide. In She Said Yes, Cassie's mother breaks her silence to recount the dramatic transformation that led up to her daughter's final heroic stand.

30 review for She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave Cullen

    There is one big problem with this book: the event that caused it to be written turned out to have been a misunderstanding. Cassie never had the chance to say yes, so the martyrdom never happened. And yet the book is surprisingly well written, an engrossing and insightful read. That event is actually a relatively small part of the book, and the rest is quite winning. There is a whole lot here to love. Of the Columbine memoirs I've read--which is most of them--this one is the best.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I have to say that i was very suprised by this book. I was expecting it to be a sappy story about how perfect Cassie was and how God took a perfect angel and all of that. I was really suprised at how "real" Cassie was...that she had her own troubles and really struggled to fit in and find herself. She wasn't a "holy roller" or a "Jesus Freak" but rather a troubled girl who was just starting to really find herself. Overall, a very touching story that needs to be read by any teenage girl who is ha I have to say that i was very suprised by this book. I was expecting it to be a sappy story about how perfect Cassie was and how God took a perfect angel and all of that. I was really suprised at how "real" Cassie was...that she had her own troubles and really struggled to fit in and find herself. She wasn't a "holy roller" or a "Jesus Freak" but rather a troubled girl who was just starting to really find herself. Overall, a very touching story that needs to be read by any teenage girl who is having a rough go of things.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I read She Said Yes a couple years back when I was around thirteen, and thought it was one of the most moving books I’ve ever read. Then, back in April, I found out that Cassie’s “martyrdom” was all a lie, and I wanted to read the book again to mind myself of exactly what Bernall lied about. Once I finished the biography/autobiography, I started discussing what really happened with my father, and we both came to the conclusion that, (a) as Bernell said, she wrote this book just weeks after her da I read She Said Yes a couple years back when I was around thirteen, and thought it was one of the most moving books I’ve ever read. Then, back in April, I found out that Cassie’s “martyrdom” was all a lie, and I wanted to read the book again to mind myself of exactly what Bernall lied about. Once I finished the biography/autobiography, I started discussing what really happened with my father, and we both came to the conclusion that, (a) as Bernell said, she wrote this book just weeks after her daughter’s death and didn’t have all the information about what really happened, and (b) if she did know the truth maybe, just maybe, Bernall needed a reason that made her daughter’s death the teeniest, tiniest easier to deal with, that made her daughter’s death seem like it was serving a higher purpose. Other than that, and now that I know the truth, its hard to understand why I was so enamored with this book. It’s very preachy, very preachy. Bernall says she doesn’t want it to be that way, but it has this kind of God-transformed-my-daughter’s-life-what-has-he-done-for-you kind of air. In addition, her constant references to Marilyn Manson, goths and witchcraft as nothing but inherently evil really, really annoyed. Talk about judging before learning. Still, I couldn’t help but turn the pages and want to know more about Cassie. I guess that’s part of the problem; there isn’t enough detail and I felt like Bernall held back a lot to make her daughter appeal like, well, a martyr.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such an amazing story only to finish in death. This girl is a hero and is now with her Savior because she said yes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Daniella

    This book was absolutely repulsive to me. I think the only book I hated more was that steaming pile of word-vomit called The Da Vinci Code, but my hatred for that is due to the fact that Dan Brown is a hack who should have his hands crippled lest he ever write again, whereas I hate She Said Yes because I find it morally repugnant. Yes, morally. And I'll tell you why: poor Cassie wasn't even cold in her grave before mommy dearest started writing this tear-jerking, heart-wrenching, surefire moneym This book was absolutely repulsive to me. I think the only book I hated more was that steaming pile of word-vomit called The Da Vinci Code, but my hatred for that is due to the fact that Dan Brown is a hack who should have his hands crippled lest he ever write again, whereas I hate She Said Yes because I find it morally repugnant. Yes, morally. And I'll tell you why: poor Cassie wasn't even cold in her grave before mommy dearest started writing this tear-jerking, heart-wrenching, surefire moneymaker. What, is cashing in on the tragic death of your teenage daughter some groundbreaking form of therapy or something? Jesus H. The thing is, though, what bothered me most about this book was not Misty Bernall making money off a senseless tragedy that claimed so many young lives. No, what bothered me most about this book was Misty Bernall. This woman embodies everything that is wrong with Middle America. She sits pretty in her comfortable, normal, white bread middle-class life and passes judgment borne of ignorance and intolerance on anything and anyone different from her, obviously incapable of dealing with things that don't fall into normal, white bread, middle-class, cookie-cutter molds, including her daughter. When Cassie went through typical teenage rebellion and got involved with the "wrong crowd"--Goths, for chrissakes, que horror--and witchcraft (A WITCH! A WITCH! BURN HER!), Bernall didn't just do her best and let things run their course like a normal (i.e. not neurotic) parent. She unapologetically recounts how she meddled in her daughter's life, going to such lengths as to grievously violate Cassie's privacy by reading her personal correspondence and, worse, to isolate her from her friends, and yet this woman has the balls to carry on as though it's everybody's fault but her own that Cassie was so depressed and angry and alienated and hated her parents so much she talked about killing them. Un-freakin-believable. But the worst part is that, after everything, Bernall still shows not a hint of realization that the prevalence of attitudes and behaviors like hers are partly to blame for the events that led to her daughter's death. And that, my friends, means this book is basically pointless. Since it's predicated on a lie--the purported exchange between Cassie and her killers never actually took place--without any deeper analysis of the issues underlying the Columbine incident, or even just drawing the obvious parallels, She Said Yes is little more than a rehashing of one teenage girl's not-out-of-the-ordinary struggle to fit in and the sad details of her death. It teaches nothing, and it certainly doesn't do justice to the memory of a girl cut down in her prime.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I forgot all about this book until someone mentioned it earlier today. I was a senior in TX when Columbine happened but I am from Colorado and had family here. I've been back in Colorado for over 14 years and have lived fairly close to Columbine for the last 7 yrs or so. Honestly, it's really weird to drive by it, go to Clement Park, etc. My step-nephew actually attends the school. Anyway, I read this somewhere between 2001-20013. A lady at work gave it to me as she went to the same church as the I forgot all about this book until someone mentioned it earlier today. I was a senior in TX when Columbine happened but I am from Colorado and had family here. I've been back in Colorado for over 14 years and have lived fairly close to Columbine for the last 7 yrs or so. Honestly, it's really weird to drive by it, go to Clement Park, etc. My step-nephew actually attends the school. Anyway, I read this somewhere between 2001-20013. A lady at work gave it to me as she went to the same church as the Bernall's. I am not a religious person, so I was really hesitant at first, but it has a lot more depth than you would expect. It was sad of course, but you felt close to this family and the events. Very well written.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Jackson

    Remember when this book was all anyone could talk about anywhere, for several months after its publication? Back then, when the nation was reeling after the Columbine High School shooting, it was a poignant and emotional book that contained quite a bit of insight about one of the victims, Cassie Bernall, and the martyr she apparently became. But perhaps everyone was too blinded by the recent tragedy to criticize it. Or, perhaps, I am looking at the She Said Yes now with 15 years' hindsight and a Remember when this book was all anyone could talk about anywhere, for several months after its publication? Back then, when the nation was reeling after the Columbine High School shooting, it was a poignant and emotional book that contained quite a bit of insight about one of the victims, Cassie Bernall, and the martyr she apparently became. But perhaps everyone was too blinded by the recent tragedy to criticize it. Or, perhaps, I am looking at the She Said Yes now with 15 years' hindsight and a clear disdain for religions, especially the aggressive, self-righteous brand of Christianity that pretends to hide behind the pretext of the shooting. I had a hard time determining, at certain points, whether this was a memoir or a Christian book. The thing that bothered me the most out of everything in this book was that Misty Bernall never once admitted the possibility that her daughter could have depression — despite publishing the very notes and letters Cassie wrote saying she suffered from depression! I was shocked that a mother could get so mad at her daughter for hating her or feeling depressed or behaving a certain way when some of it (admittedly not all) was not even her fault. Misty Bernall seemed to be completely in denial about her daughter, despite her "rebirth" and all of that. Not to mention the self-blaming the church seemed to place on Cassie. (Uh oh, here comes the atheist in me.) Cassie herself writes that her friend Jamie tells her everything Cassie has done is not God's fault and she should take responsibility for her own actions. I absolutely believe that everyone is responsible for what they do; no doubt about it. But when it's a mental illness, whether it's obvious or hidden, Cassie Bernall should not have been blamed for it. And the entire book, Misty Bernall kept saying she didn't understand her daughter anymore; she didn't understand why her daughter had gone wrong. Misty gets close to identifying her own denial in this book: On page 158 she writes, "Why, when parents and lawmakers are calling for gun control and an end to TV violence, are our young crying out for relationships? Why, when we offer them psychologists and counselors and experts on conflict resolution, are they going to youth groups and looking for friends? Why, when everyone is appropriating blame and constructing new defenses, are they talking about a change in heart?" That is exactly the thing Misty herself, does. It's appalling. Besides the underlying church motives, and the self-blaming depression denial (and I'm not even going to mention the fact that Cassie probably didn't even have the title conversation with the shooters), I think this could have been a good memoir of the Bernall family's grief and anguish and what their daughter's memory meant to them and how they were both moving on personally and helping to prevent these things in the future, etc., etc. But I got caught up in anger with Misty Bernall's callous approach to the struggles her daughter was going through.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cherylann

    After reading Columbine by Dave Cullen, I decided to pick up She Said Yes. This was a widely popular book in my classroom for quite a while following the tragedy at Columbine, but in recent years, I haven't seen anyone reading it. As I read Bernall's book, I questioned her words. While her perception of her daughter and her grief are hers alone, and I would never belittle that, I still had my doubts. Was Cassie really a martyr? Or was she just another senseless death in a school shooting that co After reading Columbine by Dave Cullen, I decided to pick up She Said Yes. This was a widely popular book in my classroom for quite a while following the tragedy at Columbine, but in recent years, I haven't seen anyone reading it. As I read Bernall's book, I questioned her words. While her perception of her daughter and her grief are hers alone, and I would never belittle that, I still had my doubts. Was Cassie really a martyr? Or was she just another senseless death in a school shooting that could have been prevented. I found the writing to be pedantic and trite. Luckily, it was a short 160 pages. I really couldn't do much more than that. And as I reflected on the quality of the writing and the story that was attempted to be told, I wondered if I could have done any better just a few short months after the tragic loss of a child. I wonder what the book would have been had the author given herself some time and space from the event. That being said, I didn't learn a whole lot about Cassie. She was troubled. She found God. She died for him (maybe). There was a lot of preaching in the book. It just wasn't a book for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adf

    Considering the fact that this entire book is a lie, I refuse to read it. Val Schnurr was the actual survivor that said yes (three different accounts prove that Cassie did NOT say anything before being killed.) Misty was spoken to privately before the book was published, yet still decided to go public with her lie. Way to collect off your child's death and another's suffering. You take the cake, Misty, for most manipulative Mom of the decade, for spewing an untruth to spread your religion, and m Considering the fact that this entire book is a lie, I refuse to read it. Val Schnurr was the actual survivor that said yes (three different accounts prove that Cassie did NOT say anything before being killed.) Misty was spoken to privately before the book was published, yet still decided to go public with her lie. Way to collect off your child's death and another's suffering. You take the cake, Misty, for most manipulative Mom of the decade, for spewing an untruth to spread your religion, and make a profit off a lie. (Thou shalt not lie, anyone?) I find the fact that the self proclaimed Christian is lying (and thus, sinning) about her own child. Epic fail.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1. Plot summary: The novel She Said Yes, by Misty Bernall is the true story of a young girl who was shot and killed in the Columbine shooting. The story is written by Misty Bernall, mother of Cassie Bernall, Misty tells her daughters story and life. Misty goes through all the life struggles and ups and downs throughout Cassie’s life, and also Cassie’s transformation of when she found God. The novel is considered “an unlikely martyrdom”, and has been reviewed by many different types of press, fro 1. Plot summary: The novel She Said Yes, by Misty Bernall is the true story of a young girl who was shot and killed in the Columbine shooting. The story is written by Misty Bernall, mother of Cassie Bernall, Misty tells her daughters story and life. Misty goes through all the life struggles and ups and downs throughout Cassie’s life, and also Cassie’s transformation of when she found God. The novel is considered “an unlikely martyrdom”, and has been reviewed by many different types of press, from the New York Times to the Boston Globe. 2. Personal Response to the Book: She Said Yes was one of the best books I have read. It really made me think of how lucky I am to be in a safe school, but it also made me think of how something like the Columbine shooting could happen at any moment. Personally if I was Cassie I don’t know what I would have done if I was in her shoes. I would be so terrified and probably tried to run away. I found it pretty amazing that she could be so strong to just sit there and let the killers take her. When the killers popped the question, “do you believe in God”, and Cassie answered “Yes”, it really struck me, it made me feel really sick and made me cry. I don’t understand how Cassie could be so strong, and how two boys could be so sick and disturbed to go and kill twelve innocent people, just because they were angry. In a way I am sort of like Cassie, not to the same extent, but we relate. Cassie was a teenager that struggled with life and God and had a whole lot of questions. Her parents pushed religion upon her, and the more they pushed the further she’d get from God. Cassie started attending youth church and eventually started getting closer to God again, and she made one of the biggest choices of her life, that was to say “Yes” to the killers. I wonder if Cassie said that she didn’t believe in God, if the killers (Dylan and Eric) would have still killed her. I think Cassie was an unbelievable woman who really should be remembered. I found this novel to be really striking and completely believable, because it’s real and a true story and it did actually happen. While I was reading this I got really scared to go to school, because the speeches and words in the novel from the people are from people who were actually at the Columbine shootings. And the Columbine actually happened. I think the part that scares me the most is that this could happen to any school and to any kids that are at school, there are no warning signs or signals that a kid will show if or when they will attack. Until reading this novel I had never really knew anything about the Columbine, I new it had happened but nothing other than that. Overall I really enjoyed this novel, and it made me really think about life. 3. Quotes When Josh, one of the boys who was there when Cassie died, was hiding under a table from the killers he heard the killers say some brutal words. “They went over to Isaiah and started taunting him. They called him a nigger before they killed him”(13). I found this quote quite stunning, I don’t understand how horrible people can be. This quote is quite ruthless and savage, and I think that’s why it stood out to me. One day Cassie’s mother went through Cassie’s room and found a bunch of notes and drawings that they found incredibly disturbing and never thought that they would hear coming from their daughters mouth. “My guts are hungry for that weird stuff…I f-ing need to kill myself, we need to murder your parents. School is a f-ing bitch, kill me with your parents, then kill yourself so you don’t go to jail. You will go to jail”(40). Misty Bernall is talking about Cassie’s transformation, and about her becoming closer to God. “If change involves growth, it also involves struggle”(96). I really liked this quote because it seems very real to me and I can relate to it, because I don’t believe you can succeed or grow without struggle or failure. In one of Cassie’s favourite books she highlighted one key passage that also struck me and made me think about my own life. “ Often we want to be somewhere other than where we are, or even to be someone other than who we are. We tend to compare ourselves constantly with others and wonder why we are not as rich, as intelligent, as simple, as generous, or as saintly as they are. Such comparisons make us feel guilty, ashamed or jealous…We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what nobody else can, and to realize it in concrete context of the here and now. We will never find happiness by trying to figure out whether we are better or worse than others. We are good enough to do what we are called to do. Be yourself”(105). This quote struck me because I tend to be that girl, or at least I used to. Still sometimes I find myself wishing I was somewhere else or someone else, I don’t know why, because I have an amazing home, loving family and my life is a breeze compared to some people. For some strange reason I still find myself jealous of people or feeling not a good as others. Overall this quote was one of the most dominant quotes in the novel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    She Said Yes is an amazing book! I would recommend this book to ANYbody who wouldn't be bothered talking about death, satanic subjects, drugs, alchol, God, etc. It tells how a young, 17 year old girl, gets caught up in drugs, alchol, Satan, and pretty much the wrong crowd. Her mom puts her into a private school, and then allows her to attend Columbine. The tragic Columbine event happened as she was attending. Her short, 17 year, life ended for believing in God. If you want to know the rest, read She Said Yes is an amazing book! I would recommend this book to ANYbody who wouldn't be bothered talking about death, satanic subjects, drugs, alchol, God, etc. It tells how a young, 17 year old girl, gets caught up in drugs, alchol, Satan, and pretty much the wrong crowd. Her mom puts her into a private school, and then allows her to attend Columbine. The tragic Columbine event happened as she was attending. Her short, 17 year, life ended for believing in God. If you want to know the rest, read it! I promise, you WON'T regret it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I bought this book today, read it in four hours, and wanted to write my review instantly. I was already aware that it's been determined that Cassie's story may not be entirely true. The story got jumbled by many students. Cassie was not the girl asked if she believed in God, and the girl who was didn't give the famous confident "Yes" everyone is in a roar about. But I still wanted to read this book anyway; and I'm glad I did. Though this book doesn't offer the true story, it does offer a spiritual I bought this book today, read it in four hours, and wanted to write my review instantly. I was already aware that it's been determined that Cassie's story may not be entirely true. The story got jumbled by many students. Cassie was not the girl asked if she believed in God, and the girl who was didn't give the famous confident "Yes" everyone is in a roar about. But I still wanted to read this book anyway; and I'm glad I did. Though this book doesn't offer the true story, it does offer a spiritual story of a girl who finds God in the time she needs Him most. By the time I was done with this book, I was sure that if Cassie had been asked the question she would have answered "Yes," with all her heart. When I first bought it I wasn't sure why there were journal pages in the back, but I intend to read this again and take notes and maybe jot down prayers. Whether fictionous or not there is a grain of truth here somewhere and it's worth reading on. By the end of this book everyone needs to ask themselves "Would I say 'Yes'?"

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Cassie Burnall is one of the many students who was killed on the day of the Columbine School shooting. Her mother wrote the book and talks about the morning and how she watched her daughter go off to school, just a few hours later, Cassie was gone. This book talks about how Cassie had went through a rough time in her life and often thought of suicide. After her mother found notes Cassie had wrote to a friend, Cassie got help and worked through it and became a believer in God. The book is called Cassie Burnall is one of the many students who was killed on the day of the Columbine School shooting. Her mother wrote the book and talks about the morning and how she watched her daughter go off to school, just a few hours later, Cassie was gone. This book talks about how Cassie had went through a rough time in her life and often thought of suicide. After her mother found notes Cassie had wrote to a friend, Cassie got help and worked through it and became a believer in God. The book is called "She said yes" because it was said that when one the killers saw Cassie praying under a table, he said if she believed in God and she said yes, then he shot her from very close range. This book is very intense and heartbreaking at times, but the reader will come out of it feeling very good. This book talks about a young girl's personal snare through her faith and her family's love . I choose to rate this book a 4 out of 5 because I think it was a worthwhile read. Deals with: Suicide, Life, God, Love, Family, Friends, School Shooting

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie Richardson

    "She Said Yes" was one of those books that i had a hard time putting down.It is one of the most amazing stories to come out of the shooting at Columbine High School. A 17 year old girl by the name of Cassie Bernall was one of the 13 killed along with Rachel Scott, and 11 others. Like most teenage girls, Cassie Bernall didn't really tell her mom much about her life once she turned 17. She thought what her mom didn't know wouldn't hurt her, but that turned out for the worst when Cassie Bernall died "She Said Yes" was one of those books that i had a hard time putting down.It is one of the most amazing stories to come out of the shooting at Columbine High School. A 17 year old girl by the name of Cassie Bernall was one of the 13 killed along with Rachel Scott, and 11 others. Like most teenage girls, Cassie Bernall didn't really tell her mom much about her life once she turned 17. She thought what her mom didn't know wouldn't hurt her, but that turned out for the worst when Cassie Bernall died in April 1999. After Cassie died, her mother, Misty Bernall, found multiple letters written to and from one of her friends. These letters weren't what you would most often see. Her mother knew of these letters being sent, but didn't know what they were about. One letter, written by Cassie's friend, told about her being upset with her parents, and how she didn't like one of their teachers. Mrs. Bernall found that letter and decided to read it while rummaging through Cassie's old room. Like any mother of a deceased child, she read the letter, and later found out that at one point Cassie was told that she should kill her parents and the teacher they both did not like. But it didn't start out like this, Cassie moved from school to school, because of multiple reasons; grades, friends, or just because she wanted to. When Cassie arrived at Columbine High School, she had just taken the path to follow the devil. One of her greatest friends then, Cassandra, somehow convinced Cassie to go to her Sabbath School. In the end of this class, Cassie was changed. We had taken the privilege from Cassie to go out with her friends, and one time it wasn't her who asked to go somewhere with Cassandra, but it was Cassandra herself. She wanted to know if Cassie could go to this camp with her, only for three days, but that would be a huge step of trust for us to take with Cassie, but we agreed. When we picked Cassie up from the church parking lot the day she got back, the people that surrounded her were not the people we wanted her to be with, but just the opposite of that. We didn't expect a change, but Cassie did change those three days. Cassie was back to her normal self. And that is when it all went downhill. Cassie was then held at gunpoint with others around her, but they decided to go to her. With her newly-found faith, Cassie was asked if she believed in God. She Said "Yes". As you can see this book in it's self is a very inspirational and encouraging message. I highly recommend you to read "She Said Yes"!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    I bought this book and finished it - all today. I found it eerie that although I didn't know, I picked this book up on the anniversary of the shootings at Columbine. I can't even begin to tell you how in awe I am of how it was exactly what I needed to hear today. God works in profound ways. I think we are all a little bit like Cassie and like Misty (her mother) said, her story did not end when she said yes. Her story (and most importantly God's story) continues on into what we take and use from I bought this book and finished it - all today. I found it eerie that although I didn't know, I picked this book up on the anniversary of the shootings at Columbine. I can't even begin to tell you how in awe I am of how it was exactly what I needed to hear today. God works in profound ways. I think we are all a little bit like Cassie and like Misty (her mother) said, her story did not end when she said yes. Her story (and most importantly God's story) continues on into what we take and use from her story. I highly recommend that everyone read this.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I enjoyed this book, and it actually made me question my own beleifs on my own life, how I act around my parents, friends and basically everyone I know. This book even made me question my beleifs in god, and religion in general. Although we think that when a martyr is named we don't always know their whole back-story and what they have gone through in their life. I respected Cassie Bernall that much more after completely reading through this book. It was a little repetitive at times, but it was I enjoyed this book, and it actually made me question my own beleifs on my own life, how I act around my parents, friends and basically everyone I know. This book even made me question my beleifs in god, and religion in general. Although we think that when a martyr is named we don't always know their whole back-story and what they have gone through in their life. I respected Cassie Bernall that much more after completely reading through this book. It was a little repetitive at times, but it was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karis Granger

    Wow. This book was so sad. It was amazing how her life was, but it was so sad. She was only 17 when she was murdered. She never got the chance to go to college, or even graduate from High School. She was never able to get married, or have kids or have a life. But she died for a worthy cause. How many people would have said "Yes" if someone put a gun to their head and asked them if they believed in God? I recommend this book, but if you get really emotional over sad stories, this is one of them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laurenlauren

    I found this book to be a bit boring. I feel terrible saying that and only giving it one star, but as someone who is interested in the victims of the Columbine tragedy, I found it to be disappointing. I felt as if Cassie's mother wrote this to make a buck off her daughter. I might be wrong, please don't be harsh. It's just my opinion

  19. 4 out of 5

    Allison M.

    The 17 year old Martyr By:Allison February 17th, 2015 Do you believe in God? Because Cassie Bernall said “Yes” In this book She Said Yes Cassie Bernall, a 17 year old girl stood up for what she believed in even with a gun pointed directly at her. This book’s author was Cassie’s mother Misty Bernall. Two high school boys named Dylan and Eric were the shooters and bombers at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They killed 15 people including themselves. Many people were injured and almost c The 17 year old Martyr By:Allison February 17th, 2015 Do you believe in God? Because Cassie Bernall said “Yes” In this book She Said Yes Cassie Bernall, a 17 year old girl stood up for what she believed in even with a gun pointed directly at her. This book’s author was Cassie’s mother Misty Bernall. Two high school boys named Dylan and Eric were the shooters and bombers at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. They killed 15 people including themselves. Many people were injured and almost close to death. This book talks about what Cassie did in her life and when she was gone how family and friends got over their loss. Cassie’s family and friends all joined in to write about her, and how she changes from being and unbeliever to a strong Christian. Friends told how Cassie affected them during her life and her death. One friend named Jordan says “April 20th changed the way I look at just about everything.” (pg. 36). At the end of the story Misty (mother of Cassie) and Brad (father of Cassie) gives us the story of their daughter. They said “… Cassie’s story is not only mine and Brad’s. It is yours…” (pg. 140). In this book overall it was pretty depressing in my personal opinion. But at the end it was inspiring and hopeful. In the beginning of the story Misty feels upset. She said “… to bury my face in the pillows until I ache.” (pg. 136). Another inspiring quote to remember “…My death is not my own, but yours, and its significance depends on what you do with it.”(pg.140). Cassie died because her relationship with God was so strong. She could’ve lied but she didn’t. She could have had a family, a great career, and so much more. But she chose to say “Yes”.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liz Batt

    She Said Yes is the story of Cassie Bernall, a 17 year old girl who was killed in the Columbine High School shooting. The story is told by her mother and includes the last few years of Cassie's life and how she had gone through a complete change in attitude. She was in a really bad place and had a horrible relationship with her family. Her parents find letters from a friend detailing how they should kill them and that's when they realize how bad things had gotten. The story goes through what her She Said Yes is the story of Cassie Bernall, a 17 year old girl who was killed in the Columbine High School shooting. The story is told by her mother and includes the last few years of Cassie's life and how she had gone through a complete change in attitude. She was in a really bad place and had a horrible relationship with her family. Her parents find letters from a friend detailing how they should kill them and that's when they realize how bad things had gotten. The story goes through what her parents and some new friends do to help her work through depression and overcome the negative influences she had let into her life. I enjoyed reading this true story about a girl who goes through so much and overcomes a lot. Even though you know from the beginning that she dies, I was still rooting for her to make the changes necessary for her to be happier. I felt that the mother telling the story, Misty, was pleading with other parents to be more involved in their children's lives from the beginning so that when they begin to come into contact with negative things and influences they will be comfortable coming to them for advice and guidance and acceptance. I also got the impression that she wanted readers to appreciate all the time we have with our children and family.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I think Philip Yancy's quote on the back cover says it all. "Behind the scenes of Cassie Bernall's martyrdom is a story that will chill the heart of every parent - but also bring a strong gust of hope." A quote from the book: "It is also easier to get angry, to point fingers, or to lose oneself in what the media calls the 'larger' issues. In the wake of Columbine that has meant gun control and video games, school security and Hollywood violence, preventative education and separation of church and I think Philip Yancy's quote on the back cover says it all. "Behind the scenes of Cassie Bernall's martyrdom is a story that will chill the heart of every parent - but also bring a strong gust of hope." A quote from the book: "It is also easier to get angry, to point fingers, or to lose oneself in what the media calls the 'larger' issues. In the wake of Columbine that has meant gun control and video games, school security and Hollywood violence, preventative education and separation of church and state. All of these issues are important, but at the end of the day they may not be the things that really count. Or are they?" "The more I think about it, the more certain I am that, political and public as the broader discussion might be, we cannnot forget the equally vital role of our more personal efforts to prevent tragedies like the one that claimed Cassie. To me, at least, it comes down to acting generously and spontaneously, even when caution holds me back. It means choosing to extend a hand rather than recoiling judgmentally; and following an impulse, even when (as Cassie would say) it might draw me out of my 'comfort zone' and cost me something." Misty Bernall This book would be a good one for every parent to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Laane

    Alright, I don't really know where to begin with this book. This is a reread for myself. I read this book years ago when I was maybe 11-12 and really took to this book. This is a book that really took to me when I was younger. It moved me and made me think about a lot of different things I hadn't before. Now,as a adult it's moved me in different ways because now I understand what I didn't back then. This book is based around the events following after the Columbine shooting back in April 1999. I Alright, I don't really know where to begin with this book. This is a reread for myself. I read this book years ago when I was maybe 11-12 and really took to this book. This is a book that really took to me when I was younger. It moved me and made me think about a lot of different things I hadn't before. Now,as a adult it's moved me in different ways because now I understand what I didn't back then. This book is based around the events following after the Columbine shooting back in April 1999. It is told through mainly the mother Misty Bernall's point of view of the events leading up and after the shooting. She also goes back and talks about how her daughter Cassie's life was overtaken by the wrong crowd and how she almost lost her daughter. Cassie had been a troubled child by finding the wrong friends who were into satanic cults and violent fantasies. This is what all lead to the move to Columbine for Cassie. The book has quite a bit of "religious" talk so to speak but it definitely isn't a book where it's them trying to push their beliefs on you,the reader. This book is one of my favorites because it makes you think and feel and truly understand what can happen and is happening around us.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kal N.

    She Said "yes" by Misty Bernall is a very sad book. The young girl Cassie Bernall that got shot and killed in the first columbine ever in Columbine High School was a very innocent young girl. I could just imagine the scene of when the shooter holds Cassie at gunpoint when she is crouched down under the library table and asks her if she believes in god. Meanwhile Cassie responds "no" thinking its the write answer to not get shot in the head. Seconds later the trigger is pulled and Cassie Bernall' She Said "yes" by Misty Bernall is a very sad book. The young girl Cassie Bernall that got shot and killed in the first columbine ever in Columbine High School was a very innocent young girl. I could just imagine the scene of when the shooter holds Cassie at gunpoint when she is crouched down under the library table and asks her if she believes in god. Meanwhile Cassie responds "no" thinking its the write answer to not get shot in the head. Seconds later the trigger is pulled and Cassie Bernall's life ended on that very day with a bullet wound right to her head. That morning of the columbine, Cassie's mother said Cassie left home very mad and didn't get a chance to say goodbye to her own daughter the day she died. So I caught a little message in that story and every other message when you hear that a sibling passed away unexpectedly. Live life to the fullest and be thankful you are alive everyday, anything can happen as fast as a blink of an eye. This book caught my attention and never wanted to put the book down, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in books like this one!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    There are problems with the book, I recognize that. In addition, I did notice that they did force her into religion (which, people do, like it or not... and it seemed like they were trying to say that God "saved" her). However, the parts of the book that I especially liked are the ones that dealt with her troubles. Teens go through problems (depression being a major one), bad things happen to good people, and it IS a tragedy. The book is an easy read, however it is obviously a controversial one. There are problems with the book, I recognize that. In addition, I did notice that they did force her into religion (which, people do, like it or not... and it seemed like they were trying to say that God "saved" her). However, the parts of the book that I especially liked are the ones that dealt with her troubles. Teens go through problems (depression being a major one), bad things happen to good people, and it IS a tragedy. The book is an easy read, however it is obviously a controversial one. I liked the insight of the adolescent and if it's fiction, then it is (which people claim that it may be). I recently read Looking For Alaska by John Green, which is a YA novel, and I loved it purely because it deals with subjects that parents don't want to hear about - drugs, alcohol, smoking, fitting in, and so forth. The controversial subjects of what Cassie may have been dealing with are the ones I care about (fiction or not). A friend mentioned that her parents may have been capitalizing on a tragedy - but it just adds to the potential problems of the book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lauren

    She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall by Misty Bernall is the story of Cassie Bernall, and how she was brave enough to stand up for her faith in the face of literal terror and death. And her mother wrote this story to talk about how her daughter came to her faith and became the woman she was when she was murdered. Unfortunately, I feel as though... I disagree with a lot of the personal choices that Misty and her husband, Brad, made throughout the book, especially when it came to She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall by Misty Bernall is the story of Cassie Bernall, and how she was brave enough to stand up for her faith in the face of literal terror and death. And her mother wrote this story to talk about how her daughter came to her faith and became the woman she was when she was murdered. Unfortunately, I feel as though... I disagree with a lot of the personal choices that Misty and her husband, Brad, made throughout the book, especially when it came to Cassie's clear mental state. Maybe I am not a fair judge due to my experience with mental illness, and my lack of faith in this matter, but I was not impressed with this book, and I do not walk away feeling a stronger connection to God. If anything, I just feel sad for the girl who was made into a martyr, even though it was said multiple times in the book she would have never wanted to be. And yet... a book was made, therefore immortalizing her...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Iris Odelle

    I read this book in one day. That means it both kept my attention and was an easy read. Though it was a bit scattered in form, it was still a very engaging true story showing what it's like to be on the inside of a tragedy like this. (We see so much violence of that kind today, it's unbelievable.) But more than the actual shooting, the book focuses on the life of Cassie Bernall, and the dark struggles she experienced before her untimely death. She was a troubled and yet very normal girl. And I wa I read this book in one day. That means it both kept my attention and was an easy read. Though it was a bit scattered in form, it was still a very engaging true story showing what it's like to be on the inside of a tragedy like this. (We see so much violence of that kind today, it's unbelievable.) But more than the actual shooting, the book focuses on the life of Cassie Bernall, and the dark struggles she experienced before her untimely death. She was a troubled and yet very normal girl. And I was so encouraged by her legacy. She had problems, both common and very dark, but she was still able to connect with Jesus. An inspiring, though at times sad story of redemption, bravery, and tough love. I'm glad I read it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cieara Wilson

    I've read this book several times over the years and I always walk away with the same sentiment of sadness and hope. This is a true story as told by the mother of one of kids gunned down in the Columbine massacre. Her daughter Cassie has a rebellious streak during her teenage years and later finds God who changes her heart and ways. Ironically though, one could say her belief in God was the thing that made her a victim in the shooting. It has the feel of a coming-of-age tale cut short.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey Cyr

    The book She Said Yes was a book that grabbed my attention not only because I knew what the Columbine shooting was but also because of the title. I was automatically wondering what she said yes to. Seeing how Cassie transformed from someone that was an extremely troubled teen and became a devoted Christian it really inspired me. I enjoyed every single page. The book showed that Cassie would never deny God for any reason, no matter what it may be.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    She Said Yes is one of my favorite books now. Its about a girl who died in the shootings at columbine high school all because she said yes when they asked her if she believed in god. This book really made me think about what I would say if I was in that situation and also where I stand with god. This was an awsome book and I think everyone should read it because you will definatly have a different perspective on life after reading it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather Colacurcio

    I've read a lot of books regarding the Columbine tragedy and this book is on the bottom of the list. I found it to simply perpetuate myths and force feed faith to readers. While I feel for both the victims and their families, I found myself unable to find a true connection here. Read this along with Brooks Brown's "No Easy Answers" and Dave Cullen's "Columbine" and compare.

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