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Hate List Paperback – October 5, 2010
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"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
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Valerie is alone. Her family tiptoes around her, her friends act like she doesn't exist, and most of the people in the community think she should be dead.
Valerie's boyfriend, the person she trusted more than anyone else, shattered her life when he brought a gun to school and wounded several students and killed many others, including himself. Most people believe Valerie was involved, but she had no idea what Nick was planning.
After spending weeks in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound to the leg, Valerie is moved to the psychiatric ward for observation. Afterwards, during her many therapy sessions, she begins to think back on her relationship with Nick and all the events that led up to the terrible act that changed an entire community.
HATE LIST is an extremely powerful story. I was in tears for the last eighty pages and felt emotionally drained by the time I reached the last page. Jennifer Brown has given us a wonderful example of the importance of keeping a watchful eye out for bullying in our schools.
Valerie is a strong character and it was great to witness her healing process. Once I started HATE LIST I couldn't stop. I read every chance I could. Even though the subject matter is very serious, this book was a pleasure to read.
Thank you, Ms. Brown.
Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
Reading The Hate List brought me right back to that horrible day when we found out that this madman had walked into a school and just starting shooting all the "feminists" who took his place at the school.
The Hate List is extremely well written and proof of this, in my opinion, is that I felt anger, resentment, fear and every other feeling I could on this topic. This is such a horrible subject matter and the author manages to write about it in a sensitive, yet true and frank way.
I don't know how I feel about the involvement of Valerie - even after finishing the book and interestingly enough, Valerie does not know how to feel either.
This book is a gut wrenching look at a mind gone and how society deals with the aftermath.
Secondly, this is a book about teenage angst and real high school tension that takes place in everyday circumstances. Additionally, Valerie has parents that have their own issues and shortcomings. Brown weaves a thread of pain through the family dynamics, as well as the high school dynamics that is realistic and insightful. This gives the reader insight into Valerie's anger as she and Nick create the Hate List as almost an inside joke.
Thirdly, this book is about a process of moving from mental anguish and mental instability to mental health through a few various factors. It takes a knowledgeable and caring therapist. It takes courage from Valerie to take many baby steps to work through the process. It takes persistence from Valerie to not give up when the process was so difficult that it seemed impossible. It also takes a change in focus from Valerie as she must not read too much into each encounter or conversation. Finally, it just takes time as she matures from adolescence into adulthood.Read more ›
Age Group: YA, ages 14+
Content: Graphic descriptions of shooting, some language, and other depressing situations
Recommend? Yes, for ages 14+
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When Valerie starts a HATE LIST of people who bullied her and treated her unkindly. Read more
Overall Hate List was an okay book but although the author kept me captivated throughout the beginning, my attention started to stray because I didn't like how the main character... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rose
Hate List is a captivating novel with a great deal of depth. Blamed for conspiring with her boyfriend, Nick Levil, Valerie Leftman has to suffer through a senior year of hatred,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Books4Tomorrow
It is a popular YA book in my class. It's not a book for everyone. It can be intense, frustrating, and depressing. However, teens seem fascinated with the novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jamie L
This book was a very fast read, but not my favorite book that I’ve read in my time. The main character, Valerie is the girlfriend of the guy who was responsible for the school’s... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wannagetinmyvan
Love this book. It has a great story and it grabbed my attention within the first chaos and that's always hard for me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amber Eldridge
Amazing book I couldn't put it down and im 24 im not usually into young adult books but this one had me hooked !!!Published 5 months ago by Meg