That's Not What Happened

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title That's Not What Happened
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Kody Keplinger
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 203,Width 166
CategoriesGeneral fiction
Family and home stories
ISBN 9781444933628
Children / Juvenile

Publishing Details

Publisher Hachette Children's Group
Imprint Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date 28 August 2018
NZ Release Date 28 August 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom


Six survived to tell the story, but who knows the truth? The next hotly anticipated YA novel from bestselling US sensation Kody Keplinger, author of THE DUFF and RUN 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 . . .

Author Biography

Kody Keplinger was born and raised in rural western Kentucky. She always enjoyed writing and began working on novels when she was eleven. She wrote her first published work, THE DUFF, at seventeen. Since then, Kody has written two other novels, SHUT OUT and A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE. Kody currently lives in NYC and writes full time. She enjoys Thai food, Converse tennis shoes, and way too much television. Kody writes for YA Highway, a blog devoted to the young adult publishing industry. She is also a featured writer for, a popular pop culture blog, where she reviews TV shows and movies.


It's an unsettling read... gripping and thought-provoking. -- Claire Hennessy * Irish Times * That's Not What Happened gives readers a lot to think about. Gossip, rumour, sensationalist reporting - these aren't healthy things. And truth isn't as simple a thing as we might think. We should all take notice of the themes of this story. * The Bookbag * What a book... I honestly can't recommend this book enough.There wasn't one time I sat down to read it that I didn't cry; it's so incredibly moving. * Beautiful Bookland Blog *