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Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—At the end of their junior year, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend pulls a gun in the Commons, leaving six students and a teacher dead and many others wounded. Valerie is hit by a bullet in the leg trying to stop him, just before he ends his own life. Until that point, Valerie had no idea that the "hate list" that she and Nick created would be used to target victims in a vengeful shooting spree. For her, the list of tormentors was a way to ease the pain of being bullied and an outlet against the constant fighting between her parents. Although the police investigation reveals that Valerie had nothing to do with the actual shootings, many people in her community, including her parents, have a hard time believing that she is not at fault, too. With the help of a patient and insightful therapist, Valerie bravely returns to school after the summer to face the challenges before her. Told by Valerie in then-and-now chapters, with a few "excerpts" from local newspaper articles added for perspective, this is a startling, powerful, and poignant account of the incidents leading up to, immediately following, and continuing through the teen's senior year of realization and recovery. Valerie is stronger than she knows—a beautifully drawn character who has suffered pain, guilt, and incredible stress as she heals from the shooting, the loss of a troubled boyfriend she deeply loved, and difficult family circumstances. Readers drawn to Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why (Razorbill, 2007) and Brooke Taylor's Undone (Walker, 2008) will snap this novel up as well.—Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"[A] riveting debut." (starred review)―Publishers Weekly
"Startling, powerful, and poignant." (starred review)―School Library Journal
"This novel ought to be the last written about a fictional high school shooting because it is difficult to imagine any capable of handling it better . . . A story that is as sensitive and honest as it is spellbinding." (starred review)―VOYA
"Authentic and relevant, this debut is one to top the charts."―Kirkus Reviews
Enjoy observing the main character develop into a stronger, less self-centered person. It's sad to see how a school shooting affects everyone. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Christy Mathews
I've been reading this book at the gym, and I actually want to go to the gym more so I can read it. The storyline is interesting, and I want to keep reading to see what happens... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kelsey
Great book. Didn't end the way wanted it too but that's what made it perfect.Published 1 month ago by Anonymous
I picked this book as 1 of 8 to read for a college class and I was not disappointed. It was a page turner. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FLocnbrz12
This is a story of a high school girl who is involved in a "school shooting". She is shot and her boyfriend shoots himself, but many feel she is guilty also. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SOPHISTICATEDSALLY
Interesting perspective. Pair this with Jodi Pocoult's 19 Minutes and you could have some interesting discussions about perspective on school shootings.Published 2 months ago by Katherine A. Kayastha
I really liked the book, it kept me interested all the way.
Sometimnes I found the characters stereotypical and I do think they could be more developed. Read more
This book, about a school shooting, was depressing as hell. It was actually really hard for me to read. I hated reading about the couple being bullied. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Ultimate Book Geek