Hate List

Hate List

eBook - 2009
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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 Books for Young Readers, 2009.
ISBN: 9780316151535
Characteristics: 1 online resource (408 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 03, 2020

I can assure anyone who reads this book will not be disappointed. The Hate List is told from the perspective of the shooter’s girlfriend, Valerie. Although the book may sound gruesome, it’s rather thought-provoking. It shines a light on students who have fallen victim to school shootings. Victims of school shootings live with the aftermath of them every day. I enjoyed reading this book because the story stuck with me for a long time. After reading this book, I developed a fondness for Jennifer Brown’s writing and have read other books from her. I’ve lent out my copy of the book to others who’ve enjoyed reading it.

Sep 28, 2018

This story is a little scary to be honest when I read it, it’s about the boyfriend of Valiere Leftmans boyfriend who opened fire at the school cafeteria. Valerie said a life of a classmate but, what the police don’t know yet is that Valerie was involved.
Nick and Valerie created a list of people that she and he hated. And that’s the list he used to pick his targets. But the summer after the police confront her about the list as she returns for her senior year. Val finds it hard to get over the tragedy of the event and move on with her life. I liked this story because it covered a high school shooting story, these tragedies have been happening recently this year, and they’ve become a problem. I hope people read this book and understand the horrible consequences of these actions. 4/5. @momo of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Sep 07, 2017

I thought this was a really good book. I just couldn't seem to out it down. I finished it the 2 day I had it. I really enjoyed the drama. I would highly recommend to a young teenager.

Jul 04, 2016

I read this in school, not in the audio book format. I loved it, the book really makes you think about everything. One of things that I loved about it is the way the perspective is. Some of is written in the present and some is flashbacks from the past. So you learn about what caused the things that are happening throughout the book.

Jun 27, 2016

I liked the prospective that the book is told in. Because her piont of view adds more depth to the story and makes it a bit better because of her experience and memories of certain people

Jan 29, 2016

Very fast and interesting read. This book talks about some consequences of bullying/ hate and also explores the character development of Valerie.

principeam Jun 14, 2015

This novel explores what happens /after/ a school shooting; the consequences of bullying and the consequences of violent reaction to bullying.

Hate should still be a strong word we need to think twice about before using.

Would be five stars save for the artist character, who felt shoe-horned in.

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

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. 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.

NAF_0 Dec 02, 2014

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

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Jun 27, 2016

Valerie and her boy friend used to make a list of people they didn't like .She though nothing of it at the time but later her boy friend end up bring a gun to school and uses that list as a way to target people. At one point he ends up shooting Valerie then turns the gun on himself. Valerie was able to recover physically but not so much mentally or emotionally no she has to go back to school and face her friends and other students.

CynthiaS913 Sep 04, 2013

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.

maria72094 Sep 26, 2011

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

maria72094 Sep 26, 2011

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."."

maria72094 Sep 26, 2011

"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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