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27 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

A Wow Kind Of Book!

Wow, Wow, Wow. Yes, I know incredibly descriptive. Though, that's all that comes to mind after reading this book. To say it was amazing just would not be enough. Hate List basically needs it own word to describe how spectacular it was.

From the start you could get in...
Wow, Wow, Wow. Yes, I know incredibly descriptive. Though, that's all that comes to mind after reading this book. To say it was amazing just would not be enough. Hate List basically needs it own word to describe how spectacular it was.

From the start you could get in Valiere Leftman's head, feeling the anger and guilt that took her over every day. I felt sorry for her numerous times because of how nobody would ever trust her again- even her own mother and father- just because her boyfriend was the shooter and she had helped write the list. Since, for one she had never knew that this was going to happen and that the Hate List was going to be used to pick the victims. All along, I was rooting for her family and ex friends to realize how lucky they were for her to still be alive, though sadly that moment never truly came. Also, other main characters such as Dr. Hieler, her therapist, and Jessica, the girl she saved, were presented in three dimensional way that made you enjoy reading about them.

The plot was one that was controversial and never appears much in YA which made in even more compelling to read. I loved how Jennifer switched between the day of the shooting-leading up to it and then the main showcase- and the present. Since, it gave you a basic understanding of what had happened. Also, the plot was know to have some twists and turns that made it a extremely fast read.

The main thing I took from reading this book that hate and bulling are never the answer to anything. Not just because of possible school shootings, but because of how much pain it causes the people who are being hated. How much effort it takes to just wake up in the morning to have someone call you bad nicknames or to pull pranks on you. Luckily, I've never been one to have the hate put on. Though, I've seen plenty of people doing it to others which makes this an even more important topic in high schools and colleges. I therefor want to make a goal to never pick on someone to an extreme and to try to stop it if I see it going on.

Overall, Hate List is a true gem, making it a must read for any teenager or adult. I look forward to reading more by Jennifer, because I expect more great things from her in the future. :)

Grade: A+

posted by Lauren817 on August 14, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Taking responsibilities for ones actions

"Hate List" by Jennifer Brown appears to be written for the teenager but as an Adult I found this book applicable for any one. It is well written, and holds your interest. I found myself making excuses from doing housework to sit down and read just a few more pages. ...
"Hate List" by Jennifer Brown appears to be written for the teenager but as an Adult I found this book applicable for any one. It is well written, and holds your interest. I found myself making excuses from doing housework to sit down and read just a few more pages. Those pages kept on turning and I finished the book in a day and a half. I think it should be required reading in any Junior High or High School. What a discussion topic this would be. Three cheers for Jennifer Brown, I hope she writes another soon. I predict this book will end up on the Best Sellers List!

posted by MLP2 on September 3, 2009

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