Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Title: Hate List

Author: Jennifer Brown

Published: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009

Pages: 405

Snippet: 'Just like there's always time for pain, there's always time for healing.'

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

Review: Hate List is one of those rare finds that leaves you completely stunned and quite literally sends your emotions running around in circles.

As I was reading Hate List I found myself on the edge of my seat wanting to know more about everything in the book. I really loved Valerie as a character, I found myself feeling so bad for her. I hated the way that almost everyone treated her. I think that in a way I found Valerie to be so relatable was because she had flaws and she wasn't perfect, she was a typical girl.
I loved how Jennifer Brown put together the novel with the main story but also some newspaper articles about the incident. It all tied nicely together and created one very good book.

The ending was incredibly emotional and I felt tears prickling in my eyes as I was reading it.
Hate List brings up some very interesting issues and I found it amazing to read how sometimes the smallest little things can escalate into something that becomes out of control. I was also surprised about how sometimes people say things without thinking and then later these little things can become huge.

I feel like I could go on forever about how much I loved Hate List. But I think if I did that there would be no point in anyone who reads this to read the book. So I will stop here and say that if you have not read Hate List then you definitely need to. It is a must-read!

Source: Library


  1. Wow, I can't wait to read HL now! Especially since you loved it so much! Awesome review :D

  2. This book sounds so beautiful and moving. Great review! :]

  3. Great review, I can't wait to read this one, it is not available on Kindle I have to get it.

  4. "Hate List" is just fantastic -- I loved it so much. And you're right, you do feel a bit like you're running around in emotional circles.

  5. I loved it too :D It was such an emotional journey for me

    You can see my review here:

  6. Great review! Sounds like a wonderful read, I enjoy tear-jerking and emotional books, this will be at the top of that list! Thanks for posting!

  7. Thanks for the book review! I've had this one on my shelf for quite a long time but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I've heard really great things about it though.


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