The Hate List, by Jennifer Brown (2009)

Genre: Young Adult
Interest level: 15 to Adult
Hate List When Valerie started high school, she found herself on the outside edge of social circles. She had a few friends, but regularly faced bullies and nasty words. The bus ride could be excruciating if Christy, the softball champion, decided to pick on her. Only Nick understood her, and they quickly formed a twosome. In a moment of pique, Valerie started a Hate List – things and people she hated. Nick joined in and by the end of Grade 11 the list had grown into pages of names, from people at school to celebrities. Until one fateful day in May, when Nick decided to do something about the Hate List. In the aftermath, Valerie struggles to cope with her grief, her guilt, and the impact the violence has on her family, the school and the entire community.
This isn’t the first book written on school violence, but it’s one of the best. The voice is authentic, and Valerie’s anguish is tangible. A terrific contribution from a first-time author.
More reviews and discussions on this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6316171-hate-list

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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