For readers of Marieke Nijkamp's This Is Where It Ends, a powerful and timely contemporary classic about the aftermath of a school shooting.
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.
Jennifer Brown's critically acclaimed novel now includes the bonus novella Say Something, another arresting Hate List story.
When Val and her boyfriend Nick write the names of the people who torment or annoy them in a notebook dubbed the "Hate List," she has no idea that Nick will use it as a checklist the day he brings a gun to school, killing several people, including himself, and wounding many more. Brown's riveting debut initially cuts between the day of the shooting in May and the following September when school begins again, then focuses on the aftermath of the shooting and the rest of Val's senior year; newspaper clips are interspersed throughout. Val's guilt is explored in realistic scenes with a therapist; she helped write the list (" started as a joke. A way to vent frustration") but also stopped the shooting by taking a bullet for popular student Jessica, now Val's staunchest defender. Val's complicated relationship with her family, Jessica and the surviving victims, as well as how she comes to terms with Nick's betrayal, are piercingly real, and the shooting scenes wrenching. Her successes are hard-won and her setbacks, such as her father's inability to forgive her, painfully true to life. Ages 15 up.
I’ve heard about school shootings on the News, but I never really knew about what ur must be like for the people that’s lives were changed because of a shooting. Reading this book...it really helped me see what might be running through people’s heads. Valerie is an amazing character, and I love how she’s still in love with Nick, or who Nick used to be. That love is very powerful, just like Valerie.
This book is amazing 👏🏼😍
Hate List will make you cry
Reading in it the middle of 2018 makes it so real. School shootings happening, but how does it affect those closest to the shooter. Made me stop judging others so quickly. You never know what’s going on in another’s life. GREAT READ!