Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saves the life of a classmate, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things they hated. The list her boyfriend 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 am a lover of all books: happy, sad, light-hearted, serious etc. My sister let me borrow this book and even though the subject matter was dark I really couldn't wait to read it. When tragedies happen like school shootings, or other public shootings we start to wonder about those who were closest to the shooter right? It's only natural to ask, Didn't they notice something was wrong??
Jennifer Brown really draws you in with this sad story of a girl who is basically just trying to move on with her life and grieve over the boyfriend she knew, not the one who committed such horrible acts.
While the story is gritty and can be heartbreaking at times, it is a sensational read. I did not want to put it down. While Valerie would be classified as an outcast, I wanted to give her a great big hug and let her cry on my shoulder. That's how drawn in I was.
If you do not mind dark subject matter, then by all means BUY THIS BOOK! It is wonderful and easy read and really makes you think and re evaluate things.