Hate List

Brown, Jennifer

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0316041459
9780316041454
Characteristics: 408 p. ;,22 cm.

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Comment by: JCLChrisK Jan 27, 2015

"I hadn't even noticed when the talk increased. Hadn't noticed when it got personal. Hadn't realized that Nick's stories had become tales of suicide. Of homicide. And mine had, too. Only, as far as I knew, we were still telling fiction."

The problem is, Nick wasn't telling fiction. O... Read More »

Comment by: JCLKatyW May 15, 2014

This is a really great young adult book that makes you think about the ramifcations of what hate and bullying can do. Valerie and her boyfriend, Nick, created a list of all the people they hated. Valerie thought it was just a joke, but her boyfriend took the list seriously. Nick takes a gun to sc... Read More »

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

TOPICS: School Shootings, Grief, Social Pressure. GRADE LEVELS: 9-12. Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

List - Summer Creative Writing Group by: LibraryK8 Jun 15, 2011

This is a long one, but it is worth it! It is about a girl who survives a school shooting, she is injured trying to stop the shooter and spends the summer in physical therapy. The twist is that the shooter was her boyfriend (he killed himself after the shooting) and she isn't sure if her classm... Read More »


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Feb 10, 2015

Title: Hate List

Author: Jennifer Brown

Summary: After a tragic school shooting, Valerie Leftman is a complete outsider who is either seen as a hero or villain. After writing a “hate list” with her boyfriend that was never meant to cause any harm, she will go back to face all the people she hurt and work towards solving the mystery of who she really is, and how she fit into what occurred that day.

Gut Reaction: Compelling action, easy to connect with characters.

Stars: I would give this book 8/10 stars, because of the descriptive characters and suspense.

What i loved: It is easy to relate to how the characters are feeling, and there is always a new part coming up that you didn’t expect. This book keeps you thinking and makes you feel like you are facing the obstacles along with Valerie.

Why: Fitting in can be very hard at times, and this story shows that you never really know what people are going through. This book also shows how one careless action can lead to a lot of harm if you don’t think before you act which is a good lesson to learn.

Websites: Hate List book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWNGIRTU2u4

Jan 27, 2015
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I hadn't even noticed when the talk increased. Hadn't noticed when it got personal. Hadn't realized that Nick's stories had become tales of suicide. Of homicide. And mine had, too. Only, as far as I knew, we were still telling fiction."

The problem is, Nick wasn't telling fiction. One May morning their junior year of high school, Nick pulled out a gun in the commons before school and started shooting people on his and Valerie's "Hate List." People Valerie had said she wanted dead, that deserved to die in gruesome ways. The Hate List notebook and countless emails and texts prove it. Once Valerie realized what he was doing she jumped in front of Nick hoping to stop him, getting shot herself and leading to his immediate suicide. Now she has to deal with the aftermath.

The media and most of the community and possibly even her family have already judged her guilty, if not of being in on Nick's plans of at least encouraging them. The police might decide the same. And how could she not have seen it--was she stupid? Nick was the one person in the world with whom she shared a special connection, and they understood each other in ways no one else did--didn't they? Apparently not. Were people right, was it her fault all of those people died? She knows that's not true, so why can't she stop feeling guilty and forgive herself? And why can't she stop remembering Nick as the wonderful guy she loved even though she knows the monstrous things he's done?

These questions barely scratch the surface of the turmoil Valerie has to deal with as she attempts to move on with life and even heal, if that's possible. Through Valerie, Brown is able to both articulate and depict one of the most realistic, complete examinations of the complex, contradictory nature of emotional tumult I've read. And even though I've only mentioned Valerie in this review, Brown does the same with Valerie's family, classmates, and community. The emotional realism is amazingly nuanced, as well as engaging, in this story about one of the most difficult situations imaginable.

Dec 02, 2014
  • NAF_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a wonderful book that makes you realize that the world isn't so ideal as it should be

Aug 13, 2014

Great read!..

May 15, 2014
  • JCLKatyW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a really great young adult book that makes you think about the ramifcations of what hate and bullying can do. Valerie and her boyfriend, Nick, created a list of all the people they hated. Valerie thought it was just a joke, but her boyfriend took the list seriously. Nick takes a gun to school and kills 6 people and wounds many others. Valerie ended the shooting spree by jumping in front of classmate and taking a shoot to the leg, which was followed by Nick shooting himself. Valerie is left with the aftermath of being a villain and a hero at the same time. A great read to make you think about the ramifications of our actions to other people.

Sep 26, 2013

Andreanne;''She pushed me...''
Nat:''Omg:O''
Me;Hahahahhah(:Camille!
Andreanna;Wtf ur problem?
Me:I'll punch you in the face yaah!

Aug 06, 2013

"Even though it was Valerie's boyfriend Nick who took a gun to school, killing several people before shooting himself, everyone seems to blame Valerie. After all, Valerie helped Nick create the "hatelist" that Nick used to choose his targets. Now, with Nick gone and her family falling apart, Valerie has to go back to school and confront the pain and anger of her classmates. Fans of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and other stories about believably messed-up characters dealing with the aftermath of tragedy will be moved by Valerie's struggle to reclaim her life and - just maybe - forgive herself." August 2013 Teen Scene Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=662541

Jul 24, 2013

totally AMAZING!!! loved it!! it was unlike any book I read. And it really showed the true side to tragic events.

Mar 13, 2013
  • branch_reviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Interesting characters, a fast pace and a lot of dialogue make this a quick but thought-provoking read. In Hate List, Valerie journeys through fear, pain and anguish in the aftermath of a school shooting – among the victims are students whose names figured on a hate list that Valerie had co-authored with her boyfriend Nick. Valerie, injured at the shoot-out, now has to return to school and face grieving and hostile students. Her analyst Dr. Hieler is a wall of protection and support. Like so with Valerie’s mom…I like the way she nags Valerie about her choices, blames her, argues with her, sniffles, storms and supports her. She is really very human as she struggles with a marriage that is nearing its end and wonders what to think of a daughter whose boyfriend was the killer at the school shooting. And you have to dislike Valerie’s unsupportive Dad who is neither invested in his marriage nor in parenting. The reader gets a numbing feel of how the surviving victims must live out the trauma repeatedly - healing is a long and tough journey. Nick, the killer is shown to be a nice kid and as much as a victim as his victims. In the end, the author successfully creates a space where you suspend judgment and blame. But you still know that the world remains an unsafe place where a bullied child’s anger may explode is ways that are tragic and will tell history in a way that everyone will wish rewritten. Reviewed by KB

Oct 14, 2012
  • BookFaerie27 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hate List is a remarkable story, neither slow nor ordinary. The characters in the book is what made the story so gripping. A must read!

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Mar 19, 2014

black_panda_324 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Mar 13, 2013
  • branch_reviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

branch_reviews thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 08, 2012
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Sep 04, 2013
  • CynthiaS913 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is about what the title gives away- a hate list. This book revolves about the thoughts and memories of Valerie Leftman. The name of her boyfriend was Nick Levil together the two of them created a hate list. It was like a game- just jotting down names of people they hated. But one day the game went to far. Nick Levil opened fire with a gun in his school. The hate list was more of a target list. He started shooting the people on the list and anyone who got in his way.
After this incident Valerie has to go back to school and face the guilt. She has to move on to her life. And she takes time to find out who she is and leave behind the past.

Sep 26, 2011
  • maria72094 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Aug 13, 2014

Other: iTs more depressing than anything

Sep 26, 2011
  • maria72094 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Aug 13, 2014

" Her father, who lives in Florida describes the incident as "the worst kind of tragety a parent could imagine."."

Sep 26, 2011
  • maria72094 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Do you think I would've done it?" I cried at one point. "If I had a gun, would I have shot Christy? Because when Nick said, "Let's go get this finished," and I thought he was going to, I don't know, embarrass her or maybe beat the crap out of her or something, I felt so good. So, like, relieved, I wanted him to take care of her."

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