Book Review: Hate List
This book was really good. It was written from Valerie's perspective being the girlfriend of the high school shooter. Once I found out about this book I had to read it. Growing up in Denver, not too far from Littleton, I took the whole Columbine thing real hard. For weeks it was all I could read about wanting to know every detail of how these two boys did this, how no one knew what they were planning. This book gives a little insight into how that could happen. However, this book isn't as much about the school shooter as it is about Valerie and her recovery afterwards. I wanted more though, I wanted to know more about the boy who did the shooting, more about the actual Hate List. That information was lacking. There are a few flashback moments where Valerie talks about her boyfriend and their normal relationship and the bullies, still I wanted more. It is a great book in the aspect of her struggle with her feelings about loving this boy and hating what he did. The book was a realistic protrayal of life a family dealing with life after a tragedy, a tragedy that the main character was involved in and the effect it had on her family. I'm not going to say this is a must read for every teenager and parent alike, isn't not, but it is a good book about overcoming tragedy.