Hate List by Jennifer Brown

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Nick and Valerie keep a list of all the people and things they hate to help them deal with all the abuse that they receive. It’s just a list, until the day Nick begins shooting and killing those on the list and then himself leaving Valerie to deal with the reality of it.

Brown, Jennifer. Hate List. Little, Brown and Company, 2009. 405 pages. Paperback. $8.99, ISBN 978-0-316-04145-4

“Valerie Leftman, 16, was the last victim shot before Nick Levil, the alleged shooter, reportedly turned the gun on himself.”

Nick was Valerie’s boyfriend. Nick and Valerie were both picked on and bullied at school – a lot. One way they found to deal with all of the abuse, was to make a Hate List. In this notebook were the names of people and things that they hated. But it was just a list, right? Until one day Nick came to school and began shooting, targeting those named in the Hate List.

Nick is gone but Valerie is left. Left to deal with her family and friends who don’t know if she was part of Nick’s plan or not. She’s left loving and missing someone who is now considered a monster. How could she still love Nick? She’s left wondering how she missed all the signs. She’s left finishing her senior year at the school where it all happened.

Read to see how Valerie deals with the internal and external turmoil after the tragedy at Garvin High School on May 2, 2008, a day she will never be able to forget. Will she be able to move on?

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School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award

Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award

ALA Best Book for Young Adults

2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award

VOYA “Perfect Ten,”

 YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback

  2010 Thumbs Up! Winner

“I like realistic fiction. It’s what I read most. I like it because it’s most relatable.” Aly P. Age 15


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