Hate List

Jennifer Brown

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Summary

Valerie has been staying home from school since the shooting, while staying at home she keeps having flashbacks about the shooting. Valerie and her mum go to therapy sessions with Dr. Heiler, meanwhile she figures out that her dad is cheating on her mum with his secretary at work. Jessica and Valerie become friends overtime while working on the Stu-Co project for a memorial for those kids who died, and got hurt that day at the school shooting. Valerie's dad moves in with his secretary and they will soon be getting married. Valerie and Jessica present their speeches and tell the audience about the memorial at graduation.

Setting

The Hate List takes place at Valerie's house, Garvin High (her school), and Dr Heiler's office.

Author

The author of The Hate List is, Jennifer Michelle Brown. She was born in Kansas-City suburb, on January 1st, 1972. She writes young-adult fiction and realistic fiction. She has wrote, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away, besides The Hate List. She is detailed in her writing, creative imagination, and good at teaching. She is married to her husband, Scott and has three children. In her childhood she loved and still does love, adventures. She also enjoyed playing games with her family and neighborhood friends.she attended night classes at Jewell college, and she got a psychology degree. Before she became a writer she had planned on being a teacher. She said that writing didn't turn into a dream until her husband had talked her into it. Her book Hate list received 3 star reviews, perfect 10, and best book for young adults. Her other book Bitter End received star reviews from publishers weekly, perfect 10, and listed on the list of best books for young adults.

Characters

Protagonist: Valerie leftman is 16 years old. Her family has been through a lot, because of the School shooting that went on at Garvin High, which she was involved with. She likes to draw and paint.

Antagonist: Nick Levil is also 16 years old. He was the shooter at the School shooting that went on at Garvin High. He shot himself after shooting Valerie, his girlfriend and many others.

Other Characters: Jessica, Valerie's Dad, Dr. Heiler. They are important because Jessica is the one who helps Valerie become a normal kid, fit in at the school again. Valerie's Dad because he never forgave Valerie for being apart of the shooting and won't let it go. Dr. Heiler because he helps Valerie get through the pain of the shooting.

Related Information

List of Author's books

  • Hate List
  • Bitter End
  • Perfect Escape
  • Thousand Words
  • Torn Away
Book Recommendations: Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words

Informational Websites: http://www.jenniferbrownya.com/bio.htm, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Hate+List, http://www.slj.com/2014/04/reviews/ya-reviews/teens-review-jennifer-browns-torn-away-blake-nelsons-la/test-and-more

Reflection Questions

  1. What was your favorite part of the story?Why? My favorite part of the story was when Jessica and Valerie gave their speeches for the Stu-Co project at graduation. This was my favorite part because it showed that Valerie was truly sorry for what she did, and I think most people forgave her.
  2. What advice would you give the main character?Why? Advice I would give the main character(Valerie) is to not take everything as a joke because some take it seriously. I would tell her this advice because Nick, her boyfriend, was taking everything she said for real and he went a killed himself along with lots of others.
  3. If you could change something about this book, what would it be and why? If I could change something about the book, I would change Valerie's dad's personality. I would do this because he is really mean to Valerie and Valerie's mum.

Personal Recommendation

I thought this book was pretty good. It gave lots of little details of what was happening. The author was really good at painting a picture in the readers mind. I would recommend it to people. I would do this because it was a good book and gave specific details in it.