The Hate List
Barnsandnobles.com-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.
No matter what your age or race or gender, everyone has gone through a tough time in their life one time or another. In the book, The Hate List by Jennifer Brown a girl named Valerie was dating a school shooter, but she didn’t realize it at the time. Valerie already had a hard enough time with her life before the shooting occurred. Her parents fought all the time and she didn’t have many friends. That’s when the thought came to her to make the “Hate List.” It was a list of everything she hated. After the school shooting, she lost everything that was important to her. She lost her boyfriend because he took his own life. What if that happened to you? However three things that really stood out to me in this book were the setting, characters, and theme.
The very first thing that stood out to me in this book was the setting. This book starts out a little different than most books. In the beginning of this book, it starts off by using a news report about the school shooting. As I read the book, it gave me more and more ideas and clues to what had happened the day of the shooting. By the end of the book, you will know everything that happened and the after effect of the shooting one year later. The setting also has great details that left me in suspense.
In this story, the characters really stood out to me as well. They all played an important part of the story that ties the events together, at the end of the book. At the beginning of the story, you get a feel for how the characters are but by the end of the story your feelings may change like mine did.
Have you ever been in a situation that you just don’t know what to do? You don’t want to make a decision or you don’t want to take a risk? Well, in this story, Valerie has to make some very hard decisions and she didn’t know who to trust. She has to decide either will go back to school or stay home and be home schooled. She had to choose to either go back to her old friends or be alone, and she had to make plans for college. By the end of this story, she had made some hard decisions and went through a lot of tough times. She realizes that she had to move on past the incident of the school shooting that had happened months before. She made plans to go on to college.
By the end of this book, you start to think about how good your life really is. Other people have a much harder life than you do. Even if this book is just realistic fiction, you realize that these things really do happen. Tragedy can happen anywhere and anytime it has happened in the past and it will happen in the future. In the book, Valerie was dating a boy that later became known as the school shooter. He shot Valerie in the leg and later shot himself, sadly ending his own life. Valerie had went through a lot and she had to listen to her parent’s argue all the time. Later in the story, Valerie finds out shocking things about her mother and fathers relationship, but in the end, she turns out stronger than ever. Sometimes I feel like people don’t realize that life may be tough now but hopefully things will get better. You have work at making your life better.