Monday, March 26, 2012

Hate List

Title: Hate List

Author: Jennifer Brown

Rating: 4 stars

Summary: 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.

Review: What shocked me was how much everyone hated Valerie after the shooting, from her own family to the people she tried to help. Valerie is blamed for the shooting, even though she didn't actually kill anyone.  Maybe she made a bad decision in making the list, but in trying to stop Nick from shooting, she saved another student's life and got shot in the leg. The book start off with switching between the present and the morning of May second, the day of the shooting, and is interspersed with newspaper articles about the victims.Unlike characters in other books, Valerie actually talks about the bullying and her problems, and tries to work them out. A wonderful story of forgiveness for everyone.

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