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Hate List Hardcover – Sep 1 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First edition (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316041440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316041447
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #911,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
Have you ever read a book, and became so engrossed in it that you couldn't put it down? The characters could be playing out their roles in the livingroom in front of you, and you can't seem to look away. That was me, with this book. This book starts out with Valerie heading back to school after having been an unintentional party to a high school shooting. She is labelled either a hero, or just as guilty as her boyfriend (now deceased). Her friends don't want anything to do with her. Her family doesn't know what to do with her. She just wants to keep to herself.
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.
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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
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 13 2015
Format: Paperback
Valerie, 17 is living a nightmare. On Friday, May 2, 2008 her boyfriend Nick shoots several of their classmates and one teacher. The teacher and some of the classmates die in the bloodbath. Several more are severely injured. One girl's face is destroyed and another sustains severe nerve damage to her hand, which ends her violin career. Nick shoots Valerie just as she pushes a popular classmate named Jessica to safety.

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.
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on July 11 2014
Format: Hardcover
Astounding! If I hadn't already read her latest book "Torn Away" I'd give this 5 stars, but that one was so good the bar is pretty high in my expectations for this author. This is Brown's first book and one I had wanted to read but the school shooting theme sort of made me roll my eyes as that's mostly been done and finished in my book. However, "The Hate List" is different, really quite different. The focus is not on the shooter, nor on the student body's recovery afterwards. Yes, those things are certainly there and important to the story. But those aspects are shown through the eyes of the girlfriend, the shooter's girlfriend. This is her story. How she met Nick, fell in love, became his girlfriend. Sure Nick talked about death a lot, so she did too, but that was just their "thing", wasn't it? Sure she was the one who started the Hate List but it was just a game. Who knew Nick took it so seriously? She was just as surprised as anyone else that day when the gun came out and the shooting started. She needed recovery too. She can't help that the people targeted were those on the Hate List. She didn't know Nick thought she wanted this too. The police think she did too. She's a suspect, she didn't shoot anyone, in fact she got shot. She took a bullet aimed at her worst enemy to make Nick stop. But she's a suspect. She's also a hero. This is her story and wow! was I riveted. I was there along beside Valerie the whole way. She is 17 and such a truly real character; I don't think there is any teenager who hasn't shared many of the feelings that fleet Valerie's mind. Her life sucks at times, sometimes because her parents are too wrapped up in themselves and sometimes because she does stupid teenager things.Read more ›
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