Book Summary from Amazon
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 with her life.
A great YA read, one of my favourites actually, either they are not my cup of tea or I really enjoy them. Amazing characters, real family and teenage issues, school situations, tragedy, forgiveness, counseling sessions, overall really great. One thing I enjoy about YA is when parents are included, I may have thought the parents sucked but they were a true part of the storyline. The father was beyond selfish, this surprised me as he was a professional, a lawyer, and he didn't assist his daughter, shocking.
Sometimes when you don't like a character you don't enjoy the book but these characters were done so well it gave the book fulfillment. Teenagers must be the hardest to figure out and relate to, Jennifer Brown did a great job.
I would highly recommend this one to young adults, think it is an important read. A book that can be used to understand Bullying and the consequences. I enjoyed it more than Speak and I know many think that is a must read. Hate List had me crying at the end, wow.
Some favourite quotes:
People do it all the time - assume that they 'know' what's going on in someon else's head. That's impossible. And to think it's possible is a mistake. A really big mistake. A life-ruining one if you're not careful. 7% on Kindle
And that's how it started: the infamous Hate List. Started as a joke. A way to vent frustration. But it grew into something else I'd never have guessed. 31% on Kindle
"Life isn't fair. A fair's a place where you eat corn dogs and ride the Ferris wheel."
"I hate it when you say that."
"So do my kids." 49% on Kindle
"One's my favorite number," Bea giggled. "The word won being the past tense of win, and we can all say at the end of the day that we've won once again, can't we? Some days making it to the end of the day is quite the victory."
...................One, Won, One hour. Junst one. Won. I tossed the words around in my head. 66% on Kindle
"Just like there's always time for pain, there's always time for healing. 67% on Kindle