rate } ♠♠♠♠♠
genre } fiction | young adult | realistic fiction | teen | drama
release day } 5th October 2010
acquired } 17th April 2010
publisher } Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
format } paperback
isbn } 9780316041454
pages } 416 pg.
source } bought
age group } pg 13
interest } pg 13 + ages
awards } Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (2010), The White Ravens (2010), Voya Perfect Ten (2009)
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By Jennifer Brown
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 forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
My 2 Cents
Cover. That Hate word is loud by itself. That look on their eyes are full with sharp scrutiny. I like it! It tells you exactly what to expect in this book and yet it make you read, wondering why are they giving that look.
Her Squeaks. Halfway through this book, all I could think was: “The fate of a victim, who turn the bullies into a victim, and yet still the victim.” Yes, halfway through this, I feel Valerie is not getting the fair treatment from either her family nor her schoolmates. Nobody asked her the real story. They just judge and assumed she’s guilty. What’s sadder is her own father seemed to wish she doesn’t exist because of that mass shooting. I also can’t help thinking Nick Levil’s name is one letter exchange to Nick Devil too. I wonder if that was intentional. The characters are just so believable. I feel sorry for Valerie, and somewhere along the line I also felt suspicious of Jessica Campbell intentions. This book reminded me of Columbine and other school shooting events it’s just eerie.
Since it’s so good, why has this been nesting in my To Be Read pile for so long? I got distracted by work (I think) and it got buried under that ever growing monster. Nevertheless that was the mistake. This ended up to be a good book. I suggest this book to any teens to adults. It probably touch your life too.