Val’s boyfriend Nick opened fire on their cafeteria one morning five months prior to the story’s start. Val was shot trying to stop him and ended up saving a classmate’s life in the process. It’s uncovered that Val, although not responsible, helped create a “hate list” of people she and Nick wanted dead; however to her it was a joke and a way to cope with her life’s struggles. The book tells the story of what happened after Val returns to school to face her last year.
Things I enjoyed:
- Dr. Heiler. the man seriously wanted to do nothing but help Val.
- how Val found a different coping mechanism that was healthier.
- the time capsule. i feel like this was a good way for people to say goodbye.
- what Jessica added into the time capsule at the end as to say that even though Nick did open fire on the cafeteria, he and Val were also victims.
- Ginny. how responsible she felt. how she helped Val move on. her struggles to move on. she was a very real character.
Things I didn’t enjoy:
- how the book dragged in the beginning as it was going back and forth between the present and the past
- the newspaper segments at the start of certain chapters. they seemed randomly scattered and didn’t fit the chapters. I like the concept of the newspaper articles, but I feel like the they could have been done better
- deciding that the end of the book should be putting Val on a train to wherever. it didn’t make any sense to me.
Overall, this was a hard book to read context wise and the emotional journey that took place left me thinking. I gave this book 4/5 stars.
Find the book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7893725-hate-list