Flashback Friday: HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown
Mar 6th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


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by Jennifer Brown

Hardcover, 405 pages

Published September 1, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Literary awards:

School Library Journal Best Book of the YearMilwaukee County Teen Book Award Nominee (2011)Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2010)The White Ravens (2010)Voya Perfect Ten (2009)

To read the interview I conducted with Jennifer Brown about Hate List, check out this April 28, 2010 post.

From Goodreads:

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.

My review:
Hate List

My thoughts today: School shoots are still taking place, so this novel is still (sadly) relevant. The novel is brutally honest, eye-opening, emotionally heart wrenching, powerful, memorable. This is an important, insightful novel that should be read by anyone who cares about topics such as bullying, education, friendship.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Originally read and reviewed April 7, 2010)

This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. Teens, teachers, parent MUST read this book. Hate List shows the fragile line between being bullied and bullies and the horrendous consquences that can occur when an individual has had too much or has been pushed over the edge. I’d love to see this as required reading for middle school and high school students.

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