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review 2016-04-11 04:47
Review: Say Something (A Hate List Novella) by Jennifer Brown
Say Something: A Hate List Novella - Jennifer Brown

Initial reaction: "Say Something" is a great follow-up narrative to Brown's "Hate List". Brief read, but very emotional subject matter.

Full review:

Though this was a very brief read, I still wanted to pick my heart up off the floor after reading "Say Something." David is the main character for this narrative - former friend to Valerie, also suffering from survivor's guilt in the aftermath of the school shooting of their junior year. The narrative flips back and forth between junior and senior year, narrating David's experiences with physical and verbal bullying, being helped in an unexpected place by the absolute last person he thought possible, and struggling between his guilt in silence and being able to "say something." (Interestingly enough, I had A Great Big World's "Say Something" running through my head as I read this novella.)

I thought this was written with the same maturity and heart as "Hate List", with decent pacing between the past and present. David's range of emotions in the before, during and aftermath of the shooting are palpable. I appreciated the narrative for what it offered, though I'll admit it was over about as soon as it began. It's definitely a narrative I'd recommend reading after "Hate List" to get the full impact and weight of the story.

Overall score: 4/5 stars.

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review 2014-04-28 10:49
Say Something: A Hate List Novella - Jennifer Brown

A gorgeous, heart-stopping, sad and above all powerful story about bullying, death and more.

I absolutely loved Hate List, it was super powerful, so you can imagine how I felt when I found out there would be new material. This time following David. We switch between the now (Senior Year) and the then (Junior Year), showing us two sides. The bullying, the anger, the shooting in the Then-part, and How to go on, nothing changes, sadness in the Now-part. 

I loved David, though I really think he shouldn't have kept the secret with him that long, especially not if he cared about people close to him (like Valerie). I can imagine why he did kept it secret though. He didn't want people to hate him more, he has already been bullied enough, he just wanted people to leave him alone. But throughout the book, throughout the times, you will notice his conscience is gnawing at him, until he can no longer contain it and spills it out.

I really liked that we have a now and then. It gives us more insight in David and what happened to him. But also shows us that he noticed that Val was changing, that Nick was changing, that he was sad about Val changing to something totally different.

I would recommend this book to everyone who has read the Hate List and wants to know more or wants to know a different side to the story.


Review first posted on http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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