Title: Hate List
Author: Jennifer Brown
Reading Level: Young Adult
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.
Imagine just for a second that you were in Valerie Leftman’s shoes. The boyfriend that you knew and loved, that was your refuge from the realities you had to face at home, died. Died by his own hand and not only that he killed some of your classmates before turning the gun on himself. Imagine having to live everyday knowing that you didn’t know that someone at all. Hating them and still loving them just the same. Now imagine you had helped write the list of people that he killed.
Jennifer Brown has created a thought provoking intense read. Valerie’s story sucks you in. All the characters were very realistically written. I found myself stepping into Valerie’s shoes. Thinking what I would do if I were in her situation. And what a horrible situation it was but it seems like it could be so simple to fall into. A girl in love venting her frustration in a notebook and the person she thought she knew takes it too far. Its terrifying to me how easily this could happen.
Hate List was an excellent read. A must read! I can actually say I loved it even with its hard topic! 4 1/2 Stars!