Books That Made a Difference to Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games star gets excited about love, history, and the gonzo life of a certain American original.
We Need to Talk About Kevin
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We Need to Talk About Kevin

432 pages; Harper Perennial
Shriver's haunting novel is not quite horror and not quite thriller, "but it's definitely dramatic," Lawrence says. A mother's story of watching helplessly as her son grows from an angry child into a horrifically violent young man, the book won 2005's Orange Prize for fiction and inspired the recent movie starring Tilda Swinton. "I wouldn't read it if I had kids or if I were pregnant," she warns.