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Hate List by Jennifer Brown
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Apr 27, 2011

really liked it
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Read in April, 2011

Hate List is terrifying, lonely, and instructive. While you know about Valerie's part in the episode, you definitely feel for her and want to separate her from the tragedy. Valerie learned from the tragedy what many of us should understand, and hopefully without experiencing what she had to. Our own attitudes about life can influence and encourage others to intensify their own feelings. Everything we do has consequences, and it is a dangerous thing to express hate so lightly. Hate List also provides a shocking possibility for the results of bullying and the kind of harsh treatment often experienced by young people at the hands of their peers. This book effectively shows the mistakes made on both sides and how a change in attitude could have prevented the event that began the story.
I could definitely see using this book in a junior or senior classroom. It would be emotionally difficult for younger readers, so I think it would be most effective with the older audience. Aside from discussing the subject matter of the book, it could be a good example to teach flashbacks. I also liked the use of the newspaper articles to give a contrast of perspective.
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Sheri I think you really nailed the point of the book. Nice!

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