Jennifer Brown: Hate List
Kansas City writer Jennifer Brown presents her debut novel, Hate List, described as a "compelling novel (that) will leave teens pondering the slippery nature of perception and guilt."
Hate List follows Valerie Leftman, a high school student whose boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria five months earlier. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create.
A list of people and things she and Nick hated.
The list he used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends, and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on.
The novel is the first for Brown, a columnist for The Kansas City Star and two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award.