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Friday, April 22, 2011

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

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.


Jennifer Brown wrote an amazing story.  Although school shootings are not as prominent as they had been in past years. The humiliating and embarrassing treatment my high school students go through is terrible.  The bullying has not subsided, although the efforts to reduce it have increased.  Now, technology has brought the need to find ways to reduce and eliminate cyber-bullying as well.  This book points out the after effects of a school shooting.  The lives of the students are forever changed, but in particular, the lives of those close to the shooter are forever changed.  Life doesn't move on as easily, and the changes the loved ones are going through are not the easiest.  The range of emotions would be difficult for an adult, let alone a child.  It is unfortunate that anyone would need to go through this experience and this book opens your eyes to the other side of the table.

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