Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hate List Review

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: October 5, 2010
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 is not the type of book I normally enjoy reading but this one drew me in from the very  begininng. It's not just a book about a school shooting but it delves into the characters involved and how the incident affects and changes them.  The character development was done extremely well. It makes you stop and think about how you treat people and how sometimes a small act on your part can have a huge impact on the others involved. We should all think twice before we speak or act, and consider how our actions can affect others.

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