Friday, January 29, 2010

Book 7 of '10 Hate List by Jennifer Brown


I had heard so much about Hate List that I had to get it when I saw it at the library.

Dust Jacket Description:

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.

Characters: Valerie was easy to relate to. Full of angst that she attempted to suppress, it was somewhat difficult to find her voice amidst the flashbacks, but once they were over, I liked her. Her art was an outlet for her emotionally stress that I enjoyed. Her genuine love for Nick came across as endearing instead of unhealthy. Nick was an easily antagonized but bright boy who could've probably got in an entirely different direction if people had given him a chance. Jessica was a very determined girl who was positively changed by the shooting, more so than anyone else in the entire novel. Despite Val's past with her, I really liked her stubborn attitude. Val's family were a mess. I absolutely despised her father, and wanting to throw the book out of my hands due to fury towards him multiple times. There wasn't a character in this book that was flat. 5 flowers.

Writing: Val could've appeared either a villain or a victim in this book, but she seemed to be neither. Brown did a perfect job with her character, without going to extremes. There are some great passages in this novel. I'm extremely impressed with this debut. 5 flowers.

Plot: I can't think of any plot, except for Val attempting to move on and begin her life again. 3 and a half flowers.

Originality: I think this a great idea for a YA novel with great execution. 5 flowers.

Ending: Pleasant and perfect. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket: I can't think of anything else I would want mentioned, except for more emphasis on her parent's relationship. 4 and a half flowers.

Cover: Intriguing and beautiful. 4 and a half flowers.

Overall: 4 and a half flowers.

Emma Out!


  1. Nice review - I loved this one. I agree that it's a great idea with great execution!

  2. Emma this sounds like a really good book. I'll have to look for it. Thanks for reviewing.

  3. You're welcome! It's a really wonderful novel.

  4. Glad you enjoyed this one! This is high up on my TBR list!