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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  30,413 ratings  ·  3,101 reviews
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 force
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2009)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. After sitting on my thoughts for a day, I feel like I can't review this book with any sort of polished thought process, so I'm just going to let my fingers type out whatever comes to mind. I think this book probably deserves a 4 star plus rating because it is a story worth telling and a story worth reading, but a few things held me back from going higher.

1. The timing was off for me. Given that my state has been rocked by several shootings over the past several years (the most recent
Three words: Powerful, thought-provoking, & riveting.

The story initially jumps between the actual shooting in May and then following September when, Valerie is preparing to head back to school. Then it focuses on Valerie's senior year and the after math of the shooting itself. It's also laced with newspaper articles throughout the first half or so. These aspects really added a certain dynamic to the novel, and made it one that particularly stands out in my mind.

The narrative of this novel is
Aria (The Whimsical Reader)
This book reminded me of the song “Pumped-up Kicks” by Foster the People. It goes something like this:

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

In the song, the shooter’s name was Robert while the guy in this book was named Nick.

Nick was not a violent person.
At first glance, you won’t even think of him as the guy who could do something like this.
He was a ho
What bullshit.

Quite vividly, I remember April 20, 2000. It was one year after what Wikipedia calls the “Columbine High School massacre” (which sounds like a movie I'd enjoy immensely). I wasn't terribly affected by the shootings when they happened. I was a high school student who was untouched by the tragedy. Nothing similar had ever happened anywhere near me. I had no frame of reference.

And then the copycats started. Bomb threats and seemingly random outbreaks of violence. And there were the mu
I genuinely believe this is a life changing book - it's definitely made me think differently about life. Wow. Just, wow.


You know when you hear someone say, 'One day, you will find a book that will change the way you think about life.' Yeah? Well for me, that book was Hate List.

This book is one which hasn't got the most action packed plot, yet is rather driven by the stunning, multi-layered characters. Valerie, our main protagonist was such an interesting character to read abo
Faye, la Patata
What a disappointing book. GAH. I'm so mad.

Whiny heroine, whiny parents, whiny brother, whiny friends. I just can't stand it. And why is she trying to force the idea that Nick was still a good guy even if he shot and killed several people? Don't fucking make excuses for him. Ugh.

I mean seriously, the dad threatened to disown the girl! The mom told her outright that she ruined her life for simply loving the wrong guy. She wasn't even the criminal and yet her family treats her like one. What kind
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 t
Initial reaction: There aren't a lot of books that make me cry. This one made me teary eyed in places.

It's a book that covers many difficult subjects and emotions, and there are definitely a lot of times where Valerie was a difficult character to follow, but man - her emotions, experiences - all felt very genuine and real to me.

Val's parents were horrible.

Listened to this via audiobook, beautifully narrated.

Full review:

Oh man, how on earth do I write a review on Jennifer Brown's "Hate List?" Hon
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Aly (Fantasy4eva)
With the electricity gone for a good two days and a mere candle to acompany me in a restless night, I spotted HATE LIST which I had purchased well over a year ago. I ignored it really, maybe because I knew it would be a conflicting read.

With HATE LIST I went through an array of emotions. There were the good parts, the bad and the in - between bits. For the most part, I spent the majority of the novel seriously pissed.

I made some notes in my diary for the first time actually. They are on the roug
“Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.” ― Honoré de Balzac


Some article some where said that this was one of those 'must read' young adult books. I didn't really read into it to see why. The title sort of piqued my interest. Who didn't have a hate list? Right?

My 25th high school reunion was 2 days ago. I found this out because a couple of friends from
Jennifer Wardrip
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Valerie is alone. Her family tiptoes around her, her friends act like she doesn't exist, and most of the people in the community think she should be dead.

Valerie's boyfriend, the person she trusted more than anyone else, shattered her life when he brought a gun to school and wounded several students and killed many others, including himself. Most people believe Valerie was involved, but she had no idea what Nick was planning.

After spending weeks in
What can I say about Hate List that could ever do it justice? This book was eerie. I connected to it on such a personal level that it sort of freaked me out. I’m really hoping that this fact is due to the talent of Jennifer Brown. For once, I can truly say that I have found a writer that can tap into what it really feels like to be a teenager, an honest to goodness, authentic teen. Not the nice goodie two shoes we so often read about, not the one’s who cuss, sneak off with boys and fight with th ...more
School shooting is a topic of intense interest around the world, particularly in the United States where most have taken place. A thorough study of all United States school shootings by the U.S. Secret Service warned against the belief that a certain "type" of student would be a perpetrator. While it may be simplistic to assume a straightforward "profile", the study did find certain similarities among the perpetrators. The researchers found that:
killers do not 'snap'. They plan. They acquire w
Mar 04, 2012 Paul rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Hate List is a YA novel about the aftermath of a school shooting. Okay, you do get the pre-math and the math itself, a little bit, but 90% is about the aftermath. I don't read YA novels because I'm an A and no longer Y but I read this one because life is pretty random, just like school shootings. One here, one there, who knows where the next one will be? All you know is, there will be a next one.

This is an anguished tale told in the voice of 16 or 17 year old Valerie, and she went out with this
Kami Garcia
Truly one of the best books I've ever read. This book will tear your heart and out and Jennifer Brown will stitch it back up for you.
Zoe Kay
Honestly, I my main problem with this book is that I found Valerie very difficult to relate to and understand. At points I could connect with the character, but she seemed selfish and acted, in my opinion, unrealistically when faced with certain situations, like just (view spoiler) at the end of the book. She just seems off.

Nick was also very annoying to read about. She tried to highlight Nick's "good side," but he shot up a school. The author doesn't emphasiz
Powerful subject, this. Yet, there’s still something lacking. Most of the people here felt totally black or white to me (save Valerie, though). Take the bullies, they’re beautiful and popular and disgustingly mean spirited. Take their victims, who’re all on the fringe. But more than that, what of her friends who are not there. Who distance themselves her and prove to her just how alone she was. Or that mystery bad person who drags Nick lower, where was he in all of this? It’s like one mention of ...more
Brown does a wonderful job of stripping this story to bare facts and then layering the emotions over it, so you can see where the emotions and responses originate.

Protagonist Valerie is suffering the loss of her boyfriend, Nick, a guy she's been with for three years. Nick shot himself after bringing a gun to school and shooting several people, and her (accidentally? no one will ever know), and then himself. Valerie had begun a "Hate List" in junior high, to vent her feelings about being bullied,
Hate List is the story of Valerie Leftman, whose boyfriend Nick Levil brought a gun to school and murdered six people and injured countless others. Val is a hero because she inadvertently stopped Nick's shooting rampage by getting herself shot in the thigh, but is also a suspect and associate to the crime because she helped him construct the Hate List - the list he used to pick people off during the shooting. Whenever Nick or Val would get angry or frustrated with the bullies at their school the ...more
Margaret Stohl
Could only hold off crying until p 385. Brown is a great writer & even better cinematographer; more than anything, I love the way she works her mental camera. Story is blistering and real; somehow nobody is blamed, yet nobody is spared. In that way Brown recalls the great Laurie Halse Anderson; and like I say of LHA, she writes like a cutter, you bleed while you read.

Will review in detail for blog contest at later date.


Cinco meses después del tiroteo que ocurrió en su instituto, Valerie debe enfrentarse a la terrible experiencia que supone volver a él. No sólo por el recuerdo del suceso, si no porque la persona detrás del gatillo, era su novio, Nick, del que aún sigue enamorada. Por si eso fuera poco, está en el punto de mira de las autoridades policiales por la lista negra que ella y Nick escribieron juntos, la lista que Nick usó para escoger a sus víctimas a
Well, I finally finished this one. I'm proud to announce that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The best part: there's no love interest. Yes, we have an actual plot instead of a love triangle.

There are a few annoying things sprinkled here and there, like Valerie's relationship with her father, the fact that Nick's transformation isn't shown, and that we don't hear more about her brother, Frankie. But over all, it's a decent book. Much better than most YA out there. 3.5 stars.
I would like to make an addition to Valerie and Nick's hate list, and that is the book, "Hate List." I really could not stand this book. I think the concept of "Hate List" is intriguing, and the book certainly brings up plenty of debatable issues such as bullying, personal responsibility, depression, guilt-by-association, family discord, and identity; however, I really feel like the text didn't live up to the enormity of a school shooting. Also, there were characters and situations that just see ...more
Carly Comtois
Summary of the Story

Hate List is about Valerie Leftman, a survivor of a school shooting where her boyfriend shot and killed students that had been on the two's "Hate List," a notebook filled with names of people and things they hated, and her struggle to put the pieces of her life back together five months later.

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Jenny Hughes
Feb 27, 2012 Jenny Hughes rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jenny by: Book Club
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Haley Fuoco
This book is about a girl in high school named Valerie. Valerie has a boyfriend named Nick. They are not popular and get made fun of a lot. One day Valerie starts this thing called the hate list. The hate list is a list of people that Nick and Valerie hate. Nick soon starts to become extremely obsessed with killing himself and other people. Valerie goes along with it because she didn't believe that Nick was actually going to. One week Nick disappears. When he finally shows up to school he acts a ...more
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Hmmm, not too sure how I feel about his one...sadness comes to mind. I read this book a few months back and I never gave it a review so here we are.

Valerie is left with unanswered questions and broken heart after her boyfriend open's fire in the school cafeteria, taking lives, accidentally shooting her, and then taking his own life. Why, is my first question? Now most of us were around when Columbine happened, this reminds me a lot of that.

When I was reading this I felt myself being judgmental
Nick had always been obsessed with death. It wasn't any big deal, you know? Some people were obsessed with video games. Some people thought about nothing but sports. Some guys were totally into military stuff. Nick liked death. From day one when he was sprawled across his bed talking about how Hamlet should have killed Claudius when he had the chance, Nick had talked about death.

But they were stories, that's all. He told stories about death. He recounted movies, books, all with tragic and meanin
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Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer's weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer's debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA "Perfec
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