Hate List

Paperback | October 5, 2010

byJennifer Brown

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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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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, aft...

Jennifer Brown writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area with her husband and three children. When not writing about serious subjects, Jennifer, a two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award, is a columnist for theKansas City Star.Hate Listis her debut novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 5, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316041459

ISBN - 13:9780316041454

Appropriate for ages: 15


Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this! i had to red this book for school, and it was great! I would definitely recommend this book to a teen it has great lessons!
Date published: 2016-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad but amazing Really good for any age.
Date published: 2014-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating A view of the other side of a school shooting.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving, touching and definitely an emotional roller coaster! Actual rating: 4.5 stars Hate List is a deep, dark, and emotional book, with real characters and a great storyline. Its about Valerie, a senior, who is struggling with dealing with going back to school after her boyfriend shot people on a hate list she started. She tries to figure out if shes a hero, for stopping the shooting when she saved someones life and causing Nick, the boyfriend, to shoot himself, or if shes a villain, for starting the hate list in the first place. This book is moving and impacted me in a way i cannot describe. Brown writes beautifully, the only major flaw for me was how it was pretty slow and didn't intrigue me right away. It is definitely an important story, but i didn't find myself really eager to finish it. At first i didn't like Valerie, and i don't think she is a character most people would enjoy... At first. She grew on me and is definitely the perfect type of girl for this role. She is fighting a constant battle with herself, about what happened on May 2nd, and about whether she really knew Nick at all. And i absolutely LOVED the relationship between her and her brother, and i so wish he was a bigger part of the book! Everyone in Valerie's school has been through a tremendous about of trauma, and Brown really highlights on guilt, loss, anger, pain, and longing. I felt like Valerie was right there beside me, telling me her story, while i patiently listened. And honestly, i don't know whether Valerie is a hero or a villain. I can totally see both from different perspectives, but I haven't really... Made up my mind. I can see how people think she is selfish and wanted to hurt those people on that hate list, but i can also see how you can't know what is going on inside someone elses head, and that the list was just a way to get out her anger. And i don't think its a matter of right or wrong, of hero or villain. There are too many layers. The ending is great and completely MOVED ME TO TEARS SO MUCH I LITERALLY HAD TO PUT DOWN THE BOOK TO CALM MYSELF DOWN! Its just SO GREAT, i don't even know what to say... Hate List is a fantastic young adult novel that, despite its slow pace, is moving and deep. The characters are amazing, and Valerie's family issues deepen the storyline. I totally recommend it!!!
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read The writing in this book is amazing and well done. There are flashbacks, and it goes back and forth. We get when Valerie and Nick are in love, and they share their hate list. Then, fast forward to the present, and Valerie deals with the consequences of the hate list, memories, and tries to overcome her guilt. It doesn’t help that her life at home isn’t so great either. Overall throughout the book it just felt like Val’s got the real short end of the stick here. It’s hard not to be against her, instead you feel sympathy towards her even though her behavior was frustrating at times. Nick, although understandably hated because of what he’s done, is somewhat painted in a sympathetic light. He was bullied, just like Val, and some of the treatment he gets does make you want to punch his tormentors in their faces. However he’s a very explosive individual and you can feel his anger and resentment. It’s hard not to feel angry towards Nick and Val’s bullies. Some of them were just so nasty a small part of you feels they deserve a good slap in the face (Christy was the one I hated the most she was a horrible nasty creature) even after the shooting, some of Val’s classmates still acted like jerks to her you’d think they get the hint and just leave her alone. Apparently, they don’t and you’d have to wonder if the cycle would repeat. I also hated Val’s dad. Wow, what a selfish chit. I’d understand it’s probably really hard to go through something and realize your child could possibly be a cold blooded killer, but he just did a complete turn around and was more preoccupied with himself and his nice new trophy girlfriend. It was just sickening. This was where I really felt for Val. She just lost her entire support network and had no one to rely on. On the other hand, this is where I really admired Jessica’s behavior. Despite being a previous tormentor of Val’s, she realized her actions and attempted to reach out to her, which I thought was the right thing to do and very brave of her to do so in front of her peers and the rest of the community. I definitely recommend this book to anyone it’s a great read, it’s so well written you feel the emotions of the characters and it brings out a lot of conflicting emotions within the reader. It’s well worth the read considering the subject matter.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from slow starter it left you wondering WHY. Nick was a dream come true though when he took the gun out my jaw dropped. i wasn't expecting that. i wish he didn't die. HATE LIST IS A AWESOME BOOK this book lets readers know what happens when you leave someone out. a must read
Date published: 2011-01-30

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