Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. 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 with her life.
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Not a great audio production
Not very high.
Its a great story. There are many good things about it. Kids are very curious about this topic.
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.
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.
- Laurie Marshall
I Didn't HATE It, But Not Super In Love With It...
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...
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
- N. Spross