Jennifer Brown’s HATE LIST was first published in September 2009, a decade after Columbine. In the 3+ years since, HATE LIST has won numerous state book awards (New Hampshire, South Carolina, Missouri, Oklahoma and countless others) and we’ve heard reactions from reviewers, authors, teachers, parents, librarians, teens, and readers alike on how Valerie and Nick’s story of tragedy—and ultimately hope—made it real for them.
Here are a handful of some of our favorite reactions:
"Brown is a great writer but an even better cinematographer; more than anything, I love the way she works her mental camera. The aftermath is more interesting than the shooting itself, though the flashbacks that tell the shooting are a kind of powerful counterpoint to the narrative. The story is blistering and real; somehow nobody is blamed, yet nobody is spared…Jennifer Brown has just jumped to the top of my realistic fiction shelf, where she sits next to Laurie Halse Anderson, Sara Zarr, & Ann Dee Ellis. What I most often say of LHA can also be said of JB; she writes like a cutter; when you read, you bleed." —Margaret Stohl, co-author of Beautiful Creatures
"Who is this book for? Anyone who works with kids, anyone may have created their own ‘hate list’ and anyone who has experienced 3rd period algebra as a social environment that would put Lord of the Flies to shame.” —Lisa Von Drasek, EarlyWord
"This book was really deep, intense, and moving. I’d even say that it’s the new Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It made me think about how I treat others and that making fun of people, even when just joking around, could be so much more harmful then it’s meant to be.” —Hilary, 16 (at the time)
"Holy crap. This book got to me in so many ways. From the powerful story to Valerie’s inner thoughts it completely pulled at me. If you want a book that will make you really feel something, this is it." -Kari from A Good Addiction
A HATE LIST educator guide is available. In addition, Jennifer Brown’s new e-novella, SAY SOMETHING, hits e-tailers today. It revisits Valerie and Nick’s story through the eyes of David Judy, Nick’s neighbor.
Start the discussion. Healing begins when someone—a parent, a teacher, a friend—says something.
so the novel i got for christmas is a dystopian story and it so far has the followng:
- a character who is a bisexual muslim
- a character who is a transitioning trans girl
- another lesbian character
- (none of those things are an issue to anyone in the story)
- it also tackles racism, environmental issues, political issues, religious diversity, and has mostly female characters
i’m in love with a book
if you ever see a copy of when we wake by karen healey READ IT
Earlier this week Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’s Live at the Lounge had its first annual holiday party. It was fun! Gingerbread men were decorated! Authors were eggnogg’d and happy! We sweated for an hour wearing ugly sweater vests and Christmas lights!
If you missed it, you can watch the whole thing HERE. Y’know, while you’re grading or writing college recommendation letters.
Some of our favorite highlights:
1. A. S. King answering the question to what Gerald from REALITY BOY would want for Christmas. (4:48)
2. Holly Black’s boss gaming headphones. She says they’re her husband’s, but we know… (7:27)
3. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl both decorating a Link gingerbread man. (19:29)
4. Lisi Harrison’s gingerbread man! (32:32)
5. Megan McCafferty’s reindeer sunglasses. SERIOUSLY THOSE ANTLERS. And her gingerbread man too. (38:08)
6. The thing that shall not be named at the end. But we loved it. We so, so loved it.