Okay, so I finished Hate List last night.
And I cried several times.
Jennifer Brown tackled the tough issue of a school shooting with sensitivity. But really, the book isn't about the incident, it's about what led up to it and what happened afterward.
The main characters are outcasts at their school. Bullied. Rejected. Losers (in their minds, and in the minds of the other kids).
But in reality, as we all know, or should know, or need to know, they were just two kids looking for acceptance, love, life.
What everybody wants.
What everybody deserves.
Unfortunately, the bullying went too far and the main boy character, Nick, snaps.
The girl, Valerie, is left to pick up the pieces of her life. Her family doesn't trust her. Her friends disappear. Nick, her boyfriend is dead and she feels guilty for still loving him.
What happens throughout the story is a poignant tale of forgiveness, acceptance, and above all a lesson in what bullying can do.
Here's the trailer:
Bravo, Ms. Brown!
I encourage each of you to pick up Hate List.
On another note...
Jennifer's second book, Bitter End, is coming out soon, and I won a copy of the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy)! I am super, super excited! In it, she is tackling relationship abuse. Another sensitive topic and again, I say, "Bravo!"
Look for it on shelves soon!
No news from the agent on the MS yet.
I'm kicking around a new title while I wait. But, I'm so not good at waiting -- I was the kid who opened the presents under the tree waayyyy before Christmas and learned how to re-wrap really well.
I know patience is a virtue and fruit of the spirit, but, crap, it is so hard!
I'll find something to do.