Hate List VS Since You've Been Gone
By: Jennifer Brown and Morgan Matson
Which Book Did I Enjoy More?
Which Characters Do I Relate To Better?
Hate List Summary
Valerie is a survivor of a school shooting. Her boyfriend, Nick, started shooting on May 2nd, 2008, near the end of their junior year. The shooting left 7 dead with many wounded, including Valerie herself. Before the shooting, Nick and Valerie created a list in her notebook of people that annoy and torment them because they are outcasts. One of the names on there is Jessica, one of the kids who tormented Nick and Valerie. Unknowingly, Valerie caught in the moment saves Jessica's life, but ends up getting shot by Nick. The book flashes back and forth between the shooting and Valerie in her senior year. With many hardships, tears, and new beginnings, Valerie finds her way through this mess. This will stay with Valerie for the rest of her life, but now she can rid the guilt and fear in her life.