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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WOWZA...just WOW! I don't know what to say other than this should be REQUIRED reading for teens!
What a powerful story about the aftermath of a school shooting! The guilt, blame & how everyone is affected directly or indirectly. People really should be conscious about how they treat others because you really don't know how it's affecting people's lives. This book will be forever etched into my brain
This book showed me a side of the victims of "school shootings" that I never thought of before. What I learned from this book will really help me, as well as my "young adult" daughters, to understand how their peers think and feel, and how not to judge a person unless you have walked in that person's shoes.
I recommend that all high school - college age students read this.
"Respectful and insightful!"
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.
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