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.
I read this around the time when a whole bunch of cases of bullying were turning up on the news and this just hit close to what was going on. I just felt so sorry for Valerie, because even though it wasn’t her fault that her boyfriend killed so many people, everyone seems to think she’s guilty. She also hates that she’s still in love with the one person who has caused her pain throughout this whole ordeal. This book is sometimes so painful to read but I honestly believe everyone in high school or not should pick it up. It’s abs beautifully written and you go on the most interesting adventure to find who Valerie really is. So don’t walk to your nearest bookstore, library or a friend’s house who owns it, RUN! It’s a must read and one of the best books I read in 2010. I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!
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