Book Review - Hate List

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Hate List - Jennifer Brown

I did not know what to expect with this book at all. I read the blurb and it intrigued me, I had never read anything remotely similar so I thought I would give it a try. And I have to admit, at some point in my life I have probably complied a Hate List myself, not that I’m admitting anything.

If you asked what this book is about, most would probably say a school shooting or the aftermath of a school shooting, but that would be missing the point; this book is about one girl’s struggle to deal with her emotions, from her guilt to her isolation and all in between. There isn’t an emotion that the main character doesn’t deal with and let me tell you, you feel them all. I felt that the book didn’t answer my questions and left me to make my own mind up, which I liked. The main character is someone you really root for and often have mixed feelings about, but you definitely go on the journey with her. You begin to understand her; her motives, her ups and downs and it can at times be emotionally exhausting.

This is a book that gets you thinking about yourself and others, while simultaneously breaking your heart and giving you hope. I loved the writing which flows so easily and is very appropriate for the subject matter. This is one of these books that will be with me for a long time.

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