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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
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Shannon Fay I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed 13 Reason Why. A lot of what it deals with is similar. There's a tragic act that seriousl…moreI would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed 13 Reason Why. A lot of what it deals with is similar. There's a tragic act that seriously affects people who knew that person. There are people left devastated by those actions, and the main character really struggles, and you can relate to her story, and (at least I could), feel what she's feeling. So if you liked 13 Reasons, because you liked reading about a messed up situation, and how that affects people (I guess liked is the wrong word, cuz it is really messed up). If you enjoyed reading a really tough, but touching book, then yes, you'd probably like this.(less)
Riley Hurst It's marked as YA which starts between 12 and 14 at most schools as to when you're allowed to check them out.…moreIt's marked as YA which starts between 12 and 14 at most schools as to when you're allowed to check them out.(less)

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Emily May
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“People do it all the time--assume that they "know" what's going on in someone else's head. That's impossible. And to think it's possible is a mistake. A really big mistake. A life-ruining one if you're not careful.”

This is the kind of story I was hoping for when I read This Is Where It Ends - a book that promised to delve into the darkness of school shootings, but never moved past a surface view of mindlessly evil shooter vs. poor victims. Hate List, on the other hand, is dark, psychologic
Lala BooksandLala
Wow, this book was smart. It really delved into the aftermath of trauma from so many angles, ones that make you mad as a reader, and ones that make you hopeful. The writing itself changed and matured throughout the book, which was a bit jarring, but the subject matter is important and handled well in my opinion.
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
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Hate List is one of the intriguing, catchy and compelling books which makes you think deeply about every side of a crime. A criminal is rejected and punished by the society to justify the victims. The question arises when a criminal is a victim of the society. This book deals with the aftermath of a school shooting. Whenever we watch a news channel, we don't realise how deeply any incident affects the people related to it. This book shows us different sides of a crime, a crimin
Era ➴
Trigger Warnings: shooting and death/violence, suicide, depression, bullying, abuse, toxic relationships, alcohol and drug use, trauma.

I first read this book a year and a half ago and I’m still too emotionally wrecked to talk about it.

I was very intimidated by this book at first, since a) my mom thought it was "too dark for me" (even though there was literally a school shooting two towns over) and b) it was the first book I checked out from my library's Young Adult section way back before seven
Faye, la Patata
Jun 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 so
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I've read several books by Jennifer Brown and so far, none of them have come close to reaching the sheer magnificence of the HATE LIST. I thought I had read it as a teenager, but it seems like I actually read it for the first time in my early twenties. Even so, I'm still including it on the list of my rereading project, which consists of books I loved when I was a young woman that I'm checking out again as a full grown adult.

Aria ・❥・Biblioaria ˚ · .
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
Elle (ellexamines)
People do it all the time– assume that they know what's going on in someone else's head. That impossible. And to think it's possible is a really big mistake. A life-ruining one if you're not careful.

The Hate List is about perception - how we can look at someone and see them as all bad or all good when they have tons beneath. Valerie perceived her boyfriend, Nick, as good – before he shot up their school. And everyone sees Valerie as bad, except for Jessica, the girl whose life Valerie saved.
Fabian {Councillor}
If you are a student, then it is highly likely that you know about the constant fear of someone running on a killing spree in your school building or your university. If not, then at least you probably have relatives or friends who could potentially be involved in such a tragedy, just as everyone can possibly become a victim to such a horrifying scenario. That's what this book is about: the way an entire school deals with a killing spree after Nick Levil opened fire in the school cafeteria, kill ...more
Laurie –Read Between The Skylines–
4.5 stars

It's been five months. Five months since that tragic day. That day when Nick decides to open fire on his school cafeteria killing those who were on the Hate List. That list, which was written by him and his girlfriend Valerie, classified all those that used to torment them both during the school day. Students, bullies, teachers, popular kids... several of them were shot by Nick until Valerie tries to stop the slaughter, inadvertently saves a classmate and ends up being shot in the leg i
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

Oh, don't roll your eyes. He IS wise!

People hate. That's our reality. People hate and are hated and carry grudges and want punishments ... I don't know if it's possible to take hate away from people. Not even people like us, who've seen firsthand what hate can do. We're all hurting. We're all going to be hurting for a long time. And we, probably more than anyone else out there, will be searching for a new reality every day. A better one ... But in
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
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
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
CW: school shooting, depression, suicide

This book was a mess. Not really sure why it has such high ratings. A school shooting is an important and relevant topic to write about, but it just wasn't enough to carry the story. The writing and characters just were not very good. The way that the adults in Valerie's life treated her was just absurd. I was not impressed.
“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
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
Paul Bryant
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
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
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Hate List is by no means a cheerful read, but it is an important one. The plot begins in the aftermath of a school shooting where several students are murdered before the shooter, Nick, commits suicide. The story is told from the perspective of Valerie, Nick’s girlfriend and fellow social outcast. Valerie herself is implicated in the shooting, despite being shot herself protecting another student. The police, her school friends, even her own family, all start accusing her of being Nick’s acc ...more
:¨·.·¨:  `·. izzy ★°*゚
This is a very deep topic, especially with what's recently happened in America. I'm glad I chose to finally read this book after it had been sitting on my shelf for a while.
I didn't personally know any of the victims of the recent school shooting, but it hit me hard and I was left wondering for days about the victims and their families. So, I decided to read this book.

This book is different from any school shooting books I've heard of. It follows a girl named Valarie who created a 'Hate List' w
Zoe Kay
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First thought after I finished: Can everyone just go and read this book, please? Thank you.

I love it when a book creeps up on me and sucker punches me in the gut, yelling: “hello yes I am now in your top favourite books of all time and I don’t plan on leaving”. Hate List did this. I am in love with this book. I cried so much while reading it and it really struck a chord with me.

At first look, Hate List is a book about a school shooting and about the aftermath of that. On May 2nd 2007, Nick open
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to write massive amounts on this book, but put simply I would have easily given a 5 star review if it weren't for the confusing tense changes up until about half way through the novel.

The second book of the year to make me cry, multiple times in fact. The story becomes so much more that what is represented at first glance, and it went to places that really reached out to me.

Phenomenal read.
catherine ♡
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.25

Oh man, if I could describe this book in one word, it would be thought-provoking.

How many times have you wished for someone to die, or to feel the pain that you were feeling?

How many times have you been consumed with hatred or disgust or pain that you just wanted to end it - not only for yourself, but for everyone else too?

For me, too many times.

Jennifer Brown's Hate List is about the aftermath of a school shooting. Valerie, the main character, struggles with accepting hersel
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
Steph Sinclair
3.5 stars.

I thought the narrator did a really excellent job and the story was written in unique way (told from the MC’s point-of-view and through newspaper articles), but somewhere along the last third, I started to lose interest. I appreciated Valerie’s character and it was interesting to see her search for some sort of redemption despite the incident not being her fault. Her father really aggravated me, though, since he flat out said he would never forgive her and blames her for what happened
Em Lost In Books
This book had so much potential because of its subject but it failed miserably at every level.

Val with her boyfriend Nick made a hate list, writing names of people who bullied them and whom they hated. One fine day, Nick started shooting his school mates who were on hate list, and after killing many of them he shot himself.

This book is told from Val's PoV, relaying her life before and after the shooting. Though author made school shooting the main subject of this book but I think she is not ab
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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 "Perfect Te

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