Hate List by Jennifer Brown

88%

9 Critic Reviews

Her successes are hard-won and her setbacks, such as her father's inability to forgive her, painfully true to life.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.
 

About Jennifer Brown

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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. She is the author of Hate List.
 
Published August 11, 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 398 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 01 2009

Authentic and relevant, this debut is one to top the charts. 

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Sep 14 2009

Her successes are hard-won and her setbacks, such as her father's inability to forgive her, painfully true to life.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Yumin Ye on Oct 19 2009

She teaches us that you have to remember who you are, that you used to be someone with goals and a dream to achieve.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica Harrison on Sep 06 2009

"The Hate List" is a gripping novel that engages the reader on numerous levels.

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The Pitch News

Good
Reviewed by Berry Anderson on Jan 22 2010

Brown's debut novel promotes healing and forgiveness.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by KC2525 on Dec 01 2009

Hate List is a drama filled book that has a plot with realistic issues.

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Yahoo! Voices

Above average
Reviewed by Maggi Normile on Sep 23 2010

Through Valerie's journey, we see a young girl who develops from a girl filled with pain and confusion into a girl with a new sense of purpose and determination, as she makes amends with those she hurt and finally learns to accept who she is. An amazing first book by Jennifer Brown.

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School Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Diane Chen on Jul 28 2009

I wholeheartedly recommend the book to all young adult librarians.

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Westbury Library

Excellent
Reviewed by Ali Blau on Sep 01 2010

Highly recommended, especially for those who like books about outsiders

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