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(Hate List)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  693 ratings  ·  72 reviews
In Hate List, Jennifer Brown delivered a powerful story about grief, friendship, and forgiveness in the aftermath of a school shooting. Now, she explores an evocative new narrative while digging deeper into the themes first touched upon in her debut novel.

David Judy knows what it's like to be bullied. Shy and gentle, with a soft voice and "a girl's name for a last name," h
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
What if there was a school shooting? What if people died? What if the school shooter was your friend, Nick? What if people blamed his girlfriend, Valerie, for knowing and not stopping the shooting? And you had a crush on her? And what if you were the one who knew what he was planning, but were afraid to tell? And what if you're still afraid to tell, even though you know Valerie knew nothing about the shooting? David Judy, the boy with the last name of a girl, struggles with what he thinks he kno ...more
Jennifer Brown doesn't disappoint in the Hate List Novella "Say Something." I loved "Hate List" and finding out there is a novella, I was thrilled but also worried that it wouldn't do the book justice, as is often the case with novellas. But that definitely wasn't a problem here.

The novella is from the POV of David, a friend of the school shooter Nick and his girlfriend Valerie. A boy who is sensitive, sweet and emotional. All those traits might seem like a good thing when you're an adult, but
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a wonderful and thought provoking novellas. Hate List is one of my favorites so I am glad I also enjoyed this one. I would highly recommend reading Hate List! You read the novella after you read that one.
Initial reaction: "Say Something" is a great follow-up narrative to Brown's "Hate List". Brief read, but very emotional subject matter.

Full review:

Though this was a very brief read, I still wanted to pick my heart up off the floor after reading "Say Something." David is the main character for this narrative - former friend to Valerie, also suffering from survivor's guilt in the aftermath of the school shooting of their junior year. The narrative flips back and forth between junior and senior yea
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The whole time I was reading Great Big Worlds song "Say Something" was playing in my head. This book is amazing and I loved it! Although it was just a novella, it was just as powerful as Hate List. David Judy is someone we can all relate to, and even though he didn't say something until it was to late, he was still dealing with stuff inside and he was sort of like Nick. One day he just snapped and couldn't take it anymore, the only difference is Nick did something, when he should have said somet ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hate List was probably my favourite novel of Jennifer Brown. While the subject matter was difficult to read, it was so real and so expertly written.
This is David’s story; one of the school shooter’s closest friends. One that thinks he could have stopped it, one who knew a little too late what would happen. All the signs were there, David didn’t put it all together until that morning. He had several choices but maybe made the wrong one. Was it out of denial or fear but it was too little too late
Waverly Nyx
That moment when you like a novella more than the actual book oh
The Book Girl
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come:

This is a novella to the hate list. I really enjoyed it. Brief read, but very emotional subject
Great preview to Hate List.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this little novella giving David's recollection of his junior year and the shooting that occurred. His guilt is overtaking him, but he still has difficulty with telling what he knows...thus "say something."

I enjoyed the chapters that alternated between his junior and senior years at school and it helped to remind the reader of what happened when Nick shot all the kids.

Recommendation:> If you've read The Hate List, be sure to read this afterward. This should not, however, be read first.
Say something.
Say something, say something, say something.
Why? Why didn’t you speak up?

Say Something is a short story to the amazing book Hate List. This story is focused on David, a friend of both Nick and Valerie.
In this story, we see deeper into the bullying side of the book; a little like seeing Nick's life before, you know, everything.
i absolutely adored hate list. it was such an amazing book and when i saw this one, i was understandably excited. unfortunately it was nowhere near as good as hate list. it was still good, and maybe if it hadn't been so long since i read hate list, i would have enjoyed it more.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was quite disappointed with this novella. After reading the main book I was so content with the ending and how everything played out, however reading this afterwards really irritated me. Not because it was badly written - if anything the plot of this novella was quite important. What annoyed me was the fact it was from Davids POV, a character whom we only see a handful of times very briefly in the main novel. I wasn't interested in him since we had no character building in the Hate List, why w ...more
I think this extra little story pads out the original story nicely. It's not super strong in the way that some extra tales can stand on their own, but I think it gave us a clearer picture of the bullying going on at Garvin High and, it gave me at least, a better view of Valerie's old friends in general. Like, while reading Hate List, I felt the sting when the group she'd always belonged to shut her out just like everyone else, but they didn't have a huge role in the book. All of Valerie's past r ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novella is defined as a short novel or long short story. I would put this one in the category of a long short story. The story is excellent because it's another perspective of one of the kids involved indirectly in a school shooting from the book Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I enjoyed reading this alternate perspective and it really got me thinking that someone (like Jennifer Brown) could seriously write a novella for every character in that book and it would really provide an excellent 360 de ...more
Jen Carver
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook - I devoured this novella, after listening to The Hate List. It is told from David's perspective, Valarie and Nick's friend. It gives the listener a different view on Nick and his logic behind the shooting. But David, holds a secret to that day, that could bring all of the victims some closure. This novella concentrates on David's struggle with bullying, and the secret he holds.
Louise Mackin
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having just read The hatelist and discovering that Jennifer Brown had also written this novella, I had to read it.
I very much enjoyed David's story on the events surrounding May 2nd and how it effected his life.
This novella is an excellent addition to The hatelist and I would definitely recommend it.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story, because it added a new perspective to “Hate List.” But it wasn’t nearly as good as Valerie’s story. That is the pitfalls of a novella, though. There is no way to get the level of detail that you get in a novel. Nor would I have wanted that. This story was interesting, for what it was...a companion piece to the novel.
Alice Nuttall
An interesting insight into another side of the events in Hate List.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was interesting to read it from david's pov
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I somehow cried more with this novella then the actual novel lol
3.5 stars
Keltan Tanguay
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a great book it had me hooked the entire way.
Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
If you see something, hear something, know something...Say something! Great addition to the Hate List.
Joy Landers
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good alternative point of view about bullying and the worst case scenario
2.5 out of 5 ⭐. This novella didn't pack the same emotional punch as The Hate List, plus it changed how I felt about the ending of The Hate List.
Mayra Madrigal
It added an additional view to the original story. I felt confused at first but then put the pieces together.
Jessie Schneider
I love the hate list and this novella, so good!! But also pretty sad.
Abby Darling
This was kind of slow especially right after reading the original novel, Hate List, by Jennifer Brown.
Ben Hart
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Say something is a novella that takes place during hate list through another person's perspective. Say something is a wonderful expansion on a wonderful novel.
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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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