Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

This review contains mild spoilers.

This book centers around Valerie whose boyfriend opened up fire on their high school, taking out people that were include on Val and his "Hate List".

The story is told with back story telling about the shooting, and a current narrative talking about Valerie trying to get on with her life, fit back into the school, and deal with the love she still has for a boy who killed so many, and then himself.

I had a hard time putting this book down, and I really sympathized with Valerie. There were parts of the book that I found to be a bit much. The father moving onto a new life, with his girlfriend wasn't really needed. And the end was a little too kumbaya for me. I think the book could have done well without the very last chapter.

That said, this is Val's story. One in which she deals with left over guilt, and the fact that she still loves someone who turned out to be a monster. Readers will want to know if Val is able to move on with her life, and how she does it.