In Hey Nostradamus! Coupland tells the story of a Columbine like event that take places in an East Vancouver High School and the impact it had on those involved. Told from the point of view of four different characters, Cheryl who was the last of the students killed, Jason her boyfriend, Heather who met Jason over ten years later, and Jason's father Reg. Each person has their own part to tell, but the book clearly centered around Jason and his inability to really move past Cheryl and the tragic events of that day.
I picked this book up at the library on a whim while browsing the stacks. The name grabbed my attention. I am very glad I gave it a chance. The book is heartbreakingly beautiful. Very rarely will I cry while reading a book, but I found myself wiping away tears several times over the 244 pages. Coupland has a rare ability to tell a story that should be depressing but instead manages to make it so much more. As a matter of course I rarely reread a book, but I may make an exception in the case of Hey Nostradamus! as I think it will be one of those books where you're constantly finding something new hidden in it's pages.