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Say Something: A Hate List Novella [NOOK Book]

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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," he is a prime target. Thankfully, there's one girl David feels at ease with -- Valerie, the girl who's been ...
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Say Something: A Hate List Novella

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Overview

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," he is a prime target. Thankfully, there's one girl David feels at ease with -- Valerie, the girl who's been dating his neighbor and sometimes-friend, Nick. Valerie is kind to David and pulls him into their circle of outcast friends, where he finally feels like he (sort of) belongs. So when David starts to suspect that Nick and his friend Jeremy are planning a revenge plot against their tormentors, he wrestles with whether or not to tell someone. By the time he finally works up the courage to say something...it's too late.
David tries to put what he knows behind him -- to forget and move on -- but that's hard to do as senior year starts and he watches his old friend, Valerie, struggle in a deep, dark place of guilt and confusion. It's time to speak up. David may not be able to end bullying, but by standing up, he might just make a difference. And that's what matters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316245555
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 76
  • Sales rank: 156,841
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • File size: 516 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri, area with her husband and three children. She is the author of Thousand Words; Perfect Escape; Bitter End, which received two starred reviews and was named an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults title; and Hate List, which received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA Perfect Ten, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.
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  • Posted March 10, 2014

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    Say Something expands on the world that Jennifer Brown created in Hate List. A prequel of sorts, Say Something delves into the issues of bullying, friendship, and forgiveness that were so powerful in Hate List. David Judy is bullied continuously for his soft spoken, gentle nature, but he finds his place among his friend Valerie and her boyfriend, his neighbor, Nick. Nick has been talking about revenge against his bullies, some of whom also bully David, and David's starting to get uneasy about all the revenge talk. He thinks about speaking up, but doesn't until it's too late. Now he's got to salvage the pieces of his broken life and try to figure out where he really stands. 

    Once again, Jennifer Brown blew me away by her real, honest, and somber portrayal of teenage life during tense and tragic situations. David is the friend who suspected, but didn't speak up in time. All of the different ways that Jennifer attacks the issue of school shootings are shockingly real, and very poignant and meaningful. Say Something is a voice for the bullied, for those who are affected by violence in schools, but may feel guilty or held in contempt by their fellow students for their involvement with the killers. These characters are real flesh and blood people, and are usually forgotten in the rush of victims and victims' families when such violent events occur. But these people are there, and just as much of a victim as those who are injured during schoolyard violence. For an amazingly real and heartfelt read, check out any book by Jennifer Brown, and definitely let yourself be swept away by the sadness and the truth behind Say Something.

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