Hate List Hardcover – Sep 1 2009
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"[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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
When not writing about serious subjects, Jennifer Brown, a two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award, is a columnist for the Kansas City Star. She lives in Missouri with her husband and three children. Hate List is her debut novel.
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She didn't mean to do it. One day, she just started writing down a list of things and people that she hated. Most of the people on this list had bullied her in some form. Nick catches her writing this list one day, and later on after class he mentions casually to her to add something to the list. The Hate List was born.
I don't condone what she did, but I can see where she's coming from. I too, had been bullied (though I was never bullied in high school; my living hell was grade school). I can sympathize somewhat with Nick, though he couldn't justify doing something that horrendous.
This book brings to light the horrifying things that go on in schools across the globe. The bullying, and abuse people take at school, or in class. It takes it one step further, and realizes every parents worst nightmare. Their children could very well die before them, in a senseless act of depravity.
This book was executed brilliantly. The characters were human, flawed, and emotionally at odds with themselves and each other. The plot was imaginative. The true brilliance to this story, is that it happens every day around us. Little by little, someone is slowly becoming more desperate. Until, finally, they snap.Read more ›
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
Very few people realize Valerie saved Jessica and in so doing saved others from being killed. Nick is also a casualty of May 2, 2008 as he turns the gun on himself with fatal consequences. Valerie sustains a minor gunshot wound to her leg and is left to recouperate in the hospital. She also is shot down by a dogged reporter named Angela Dash who crucifies her in print and by a Detective Panzella who hounds her mercilessly in the hospital.
Valerie's family, save her kind and astute brother Frankie, 14 treat her like a leper. The girl's mother has her committed to the psychiatric wing shortly before she is discharged from the hospital. Valerie is not warned of this in advance. How traumatic it was for her to be carted upstairs against her will, only to be sedated hypodermically en route to the 4th floor! Valerie then serves 10 days of horror in the hellhole on the 4th floor. The doctor in charge, Dr. Dentley sounded like a cruel and boorish oaf. Nobody would even listen to Valerie! In order to survive this inappropriate placement with people who suffered from severe and debilitating mental illnesses including inmates who inflicted severe harm to themselves, such as cutters, Valerie pretends to agree with her captors so she can be released from this hell.
Once released, Valerie sees an outpatient psychiatrist regularly. Dr. Hieler is Dr.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Long, drawn out story. I couldn't finish the book, although I tried. Just couldn't keep my attention, very predictable story line.Published 21 months ago by KK
Excellend book could not put it down!
I would definetly read more from that author for sure :)
A very heartbreaking story of a young girl dealing with the bullies, assumptions and her own thoughts when she returns to school. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2014 by Kassidy
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. Read morePublished on July 3 2012 by Karoline
This book was one of those rare novels that once finished reading, has you turning back to the first page to read all over again. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2012 by D