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Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hate List

by Jennifer Brown

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I almost didn't read this novel by Jennifer Brown because of the subject matter: A school shooting. There are too many shootings and did I really want to read a novel about one?

The fact is that "Hate List" is about so much more than a shooting. It's about people and relationships and change and how little we strive to know others, but are willing to accept stereotypes without getting to know the real person. This isn't an easy read. Despite the fact that Valerie is the shooter's girlfriend and accepts blame for not seeing what was going on, she is also a victim. Her struggle is intense and she focuses each day on trying to see what is really there and not what is manufactured by preconception. ( )
  SaschaD | Apr 28, 2016 |
Intense. That is the best word I can think of to describe this book. The book begins with Valerie's first day back to school after the shooting. She is still recovering, awkward, and afraid of her classmates reaction to her return. The rest of the story is told through Valerie's flashbacks and newspaper reports.

This book features a topic that I find terrifying. I was in middle school when Columbine happened and lived a bit of history as I experienced changes in policies and school safety as a result. I can't say that I was or was not worried about it actually happening, but I remember it leaving people keyed up on the subject. Those feelings returned as I was reading this book.

I felt sorry for Valerie. She found herself caught up in a scheme planned and executed by the person she loved; the person she thought understood her best in the world. Valerie's journey is a slow one, but also interesting. Ultimately, this book is about learning to live again.

There were parts of the story that I feel could have been fleshed out more: Be, the lover of all things purple, and Nick's weird older friend, for example. Everyone came down on Valerie, but it seems no one asked questions about that guy.

All in all though, I think this topic was handled quite well. ( )
  jennk | Mar 11, 2016 |
The Hate List is the story of a young girl caught between love and hate. Valerie Leftman is struggling to reconcile her feelings for her family, her boyfriend, her friends, and her peers. She is an outcast-at school and at home. Valerie finds love with Nick, her high school boyfriend, but even with him she feels unsettled. She makes an off-hand decision to write names of everyone who slights her in a notebook she names The Hate List and unwittingly sets off a series of destructive events. Nick, also an outcast, takes her vent literally. One fateful day he attempts to destroy the teens who have caused their pain by going on a mass shooting spree at their high school. Valerie is shot trying to stop him and is left unable to act as Nick commits suicide. The novel is a testament to the consequences of hatefulness and the triumphs of forgiveness. ( )
  Jenxy21 | Feb 25, 2016 |
This book is amazing! It gives you good inside to the lives of students after a shooting. ( )
  Lisa_Boys | Feb 8, 2016 |
The author makes Valerie a believable character. She's flawed, struggling to define herself and find her way out of the mess she's in. Is she a monster or a hero? Perhaps a bit of both. She makes wrong choices repeatedly, but not out of real malice. The author succeeds in making Valerie mostly sympathetic, with a hint of selfishness and disregard for others - something she tries to remedy in the end. The story ends on a hopeful for some characters, but it's a story where there really can't be a happy ending. ( )
  keindi | Jan 23, 2016 |
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May 3, 2008, Reporter Angela Dash]

The scene in the Garvin High School cafeteria, known as the Commons, is being described as "grim" by investigators who are working to identify the victims of a shoot spree that erupted Friday morning.
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Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

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Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

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