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Where does Hate List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Not very high.
What did you like best about this story?
Its a great story. There are many good things about it. Kids are very curious about this topic.
How could the performance have been better?
The performance by the reader is very clipped. It sounds almost as if it is an automated voice. The voice of the main character Valerie sounds very immature for a contemporary high schooler.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I'm reading this book with a class of high school kids. They do not like the voice of the reader. She is described by the students as "annoying." They are however very engaged in the story itself.
If you could sum up Hate List in three words, what would they be?
I hate questions like "if you could sum this up in three words." I'm not a beauty pageant contestant, I don't think like that.
This book is about a girl in high school who's dealing with life after her boyfriend commits a school shooting then turns the gun on himself. Real-life scenario stuff. However, I was expecting some over-the-top issues to arise, unrealistic obstacles for her to overcome, ridiculously excessive hatred from her classmates. You know - drama!
Yeah, not with this book. Reading it was like literally sitting next to a real-life girl and listening to her talk to her therapist. The kids at school were wary of her but nothing dramatic. Her mom was worried about her but not freaky obsessed. She had problems but worked them out just like you or I would. She made friends with someone she used to be enemies with, but just casually. She found out she loved painting but... ~~YAWN~~
The book was interesting enough that I listened with mild attentiveness. The ending didn't affect me one way or the other. Whatever. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but if it was more than about $6 then I paid too much. Good heavens I hope I didn't use a credit on it...
Any additional comments?
Maybe I'm just too much of a Gossip Girl / Pretty Little Liars chick. You can narrate to me all day long about mundane daily life as long as it's chock full of overblown conflicts and outrageous solutions :D
It's a wonderful first person account of the aftermath of an awful tragedy; one that is a horrible reality too many American teenagers.
The author's approach deals with the misguided judgement that we all partake in and experience and how we can make amends and repair ourselves when it doesn't seem possible. A great job.
This was an excellent book, well-written and beautifully read. If you don't believe Young Adult literature can be as good or better than adult fiction, listen to this one!
The author brings a sensitive and clever handling to telling the story of what happens in the aftermath of a school shooting, the damage that is done to lose left behind. That sounds like a depressing subject, but the book is life-affirming - as well as very topical.