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"The shooting, which began just as students were preparing for their first class, left at least six students dead and countless others wounded (p. 3)."

What started out as a joke turned deadly when Nick used Valerie and his hate list as a catalyst to murder classmates. Caught in the gunfire and shocked that the boy she loved was responsible, Valerie witnessed each person on their list methodically killed. As he reached his final victims, Valerie lunged for Nick and was shot in the leg, stopping the gunfire and saving Jessica Campbell, the school bitch. Only, she'd lost Nick. As her body crumpled to the ground, she heard the final shot as Nick put a bullet through his brain to stop the rampage.

The novel picks up a few months following the shooting after the hate list is made public and questions surrounding Valerie's involvement are still on people's minds - including her parents. In an effort to be brave, she decides to finish her senior year at the same high school where the shooting took place. As a result, her presence makes people ask questions about bullying, moving on, and who is really to blame. What everyone learns, however, is that every action has a ripple effect, and, sometimes, placing blame isn't so black and white.

This is a book about healing as well as change. It's never too late.   flag

 
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Simon Glass is a loser, which is exactly why popular, magnetic Rob Haynes selects him as his pet project. The goal? Get Simon Glass voted class favorite. The reason? To prove Rob Haynes' ultimate power in manipulating people into giving him what he wants. The only problem? Rob underestimated Simon's willingness to play by his rules. Therefore, when Simon learns a devestating secret about Rob and shows that he's in control, Rob can't deal and things turn deadly.

 
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"But Cameron doesn't want people knowing he's hurting. He doesn't think wearing it on the outside will help him any" (p. 25).

Cameron was an intelligent, friendly freshman until he becomes the target of merciless bullying from upperclassmen jocks. Making it their mission to abuse him emotionally and physically, their leader takes it too far when he decides to sexually assault Cameron in the locker room one day. As a result, Cameron decides to retaliate, and what follows leads to multiple arrests and one person dead.

This novel is an excellent example of how bullying can lead to deadly consequences when adults refuse to acknowledge the warning signs and intervene before it is "too little, too late."
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Someone is making a list of the popular kids that they want dead, and an anonymous "friend" is carrying out the favor. Number one on the list? Lucy Cunningham.

Madison Archer is Lucy's best friend and the last person to see her alive. As she tries to figure out what happened that night, her friends start to disappear one-by-one while she receives cryptic notes that warn her that she might be next.

In this novel, Strasser addresses the issue of bullying and cliques and shows what happens when some kids get pushed too far. The last thirty pages make this book worth the while.
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