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Say Something: A Hate List Novella PDF, ePub eBook In Hate List, Jennifer Brown delivered a powerful story about grief, friendship, and forgiveness in the aftermath of a school shooting. Now, she explores an evocative new narrative while digging deeper into the themes first touched upon in her debut novel. David Judy knows what it's like to be bullied. Shy and gentle, with a soft voice and "a girl's name for a last name," h In Hate List, Jennifer Brown delivered a powerful story about grief, friendship, and forgiveness in the aftermath of a school shooting. Now, she explores an evocative new narrative while digging deeper into the themes first touched upon in her debut novel. David Judy knows what it's like to be bullied. Shy and gentle, with a soft voice and "a girl's name for a last name," he is a prime target. Thankfully, there's one girl David feels at ease with -- Valerie, the girl who's been dating his neighbor and sometimes-friend, Nick. Valerie is kind to David and pulls him into their circle of outcast friends, where he finally feels like he (sort of) belongs. So when David starts to suspect that Nick and his friend Jeremy are planning a revenge plot against their tormentors, he wrestles with whether or not to tell someone. By the time he finally works up the courage to say something...it's too late. David tries to put what he knows behind him -- to forget and move on -- but that's hard to do as senior year starts and he watches his old friend, Valerie, struggle in a deep, dark place of guilt and confusion. It's time to speak up. David may not be able to end bullying, but by standing up, he might just make a difference. And that's what matters.

30 review for Say Something: A Hate List Novella

  1. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    What if there was a school shooting? What if people died? What if the school shooter was your friend, Nick? What if people blamed his girlfriend, Valerie, for knowing and not stopping the shooting? And you had a crush on her? And what if you were the one who knew what he was planning, but were afraid to tell? And what if you're still afraid to tell, even though you know Valerie knew nothing about the shooting? David Judy, the boy with the last name of a girl, struggles with what he thinks he kno What if there was a school shooting? What if people died? What if the school shooter was your friend, Nick? What if people blamed his girlfriend, Valerie, for knowing and not stopping the shooting? And you had a crush on her? And what if you were the one who knew what he was planning, but were afraid to tell? And what if you're still afraid to tell, even though you know Valerie knew nothing about the shooting? David Judy, the boy with the last name of a girl, struggles with what he thinks he knows, what thought he knew, and who and how to tell. In SAY SOMETHING, we're privy to David's first person account begins the September before the shooting, and switches between then and the September after the shooting time frames in this sequel to Jennifer Brown's THE HATE LIST which was narrated by Valerie. David's point of view, as a victim of bullying shows Nick, the shooter not as a monstrous murderer, but as a troubled young man who had been mercilessly, systematically bullied. His peers who could have intervened didn't know how, and feared for their own victimization. Adults how could have intervened didn't. Bullies who knew better. None of the characters are stereotypes or one dimensional and by the end we see characters at their worst, best and in between. While violence and school shooting can never be condoned, I found myself empathizing with most of the characters. Read THE HATE LIST, then immediately read SAY SOMETHING.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Jennifer Brown doesn't disappoint in the Hate List Novella "Say Something." I loved "Hate List" and finding out there is a novella, I was thrilled but also worried that it wouldn't do the book justice, as is often the case with novellas. But that definitely wasn't a problem here. The novella is from the POV of David, a friend of the school shooter Nick and his girlfriend Valerie. A boy who is sensitive, sweet and emotional. All those traits might seem like a good thing when you're an adult, but Jennifer Brown doesn't disappoint in the Hate List Novella "Say Something." I loved "Hate List" and finding out there is a novella, I was thrilled but also worried that it wouldn't do the book justice, as is often the case with novellas. But that definitely wasn't a problem here. The novella is from the POV of David, a friend of the school shooter Nick and his girlfriend Valerie. A boy who is sensitive, sweet and emotional. All those traits might seem like a good thing when you're an adult, but when you're in high school, it's the recipe to become the target of jocks and the so-called cool kids. David deals with bullying that goes way beyond just calling him names. Though it makes his high school life hell, he weathers it. Until things suddenly change and his best friend shoots up the school, killing and injuring people. David is left behind not with survivor's guilt, but the guilt of having had the knowledge what's going to happen and not being able to stop it. Of having seen the signs and not spoken out. Of letting down the one person he cares about. This book was moving and touching. David's remorse, his pain and his guilt at times brought me to tears. It was hard to blame him and it was difficult not to blame him for not stopping Nick. I enjoyed getting more information about the times when Nick wasn't with Valerie, times we didn't get to see in the first book. "Say Something" is a great novella that is definitely worth reading. 4 I-wish-he-would've-said-something stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    This was such a wonderful and thought provoking novellas. Hate List is one of my favorites so I am glad I also enjoyed this one. I would highly recommend reading Hate List! You read the novella after you read that one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    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 yea 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lametria

    The whole time I was reading Great Big Worlds song "Say Something" was playing in my head. This book is amazing and I loved it! Although it was just a novella, it was just as powerful as Hate List. David Judy is someone we can all relate to, and even though he didn't say something until it was to late, he was still dealing with stuff inside and he was sort of like Nick. One day he just snapped and couldn't take it anymore, the only difference is Nick did something, when he should have said somet The whole time I was reading Great Big Worlds song "Say Something" was playing in my head. This book is amazing and I loved it! Although it was just a novella, it was just as powerful as Hate List. David Judy is someone we can all relate to, and even though he didn't say something until it was to late, he was still dealing with stuff inside and he was sort of like Nick. One day he just snapped and couldn't take it anymore, the only difference is Nick did something, when he should have said something like David.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maggie61

    Hate List was probably my favourite novel of Jennifer Brown. While the subject matter was difficult to read, it was so real and so expertly written. This is David’s story; one of the school shooter’s closest friends. One that thinks he could have stopped it, one who knew a little too late what would happen. All the signs were there, David didn’t put it all together until that morning. He had several choices but maybe made the wrong one. Was it out of denial or fear but it was too little too late Hate List was probably my favourite novel of Jennifer Brown. While the subject matter was difficult to read, it was so real and so expertly written. This is David’s story; one of the school shooter’s closest friends. One that thinks he could have stopped it, one who knew a little too late what would happen. All the signs were there, David didn’t put it all together until that morning. He had several choices but maybe made the wrong one. Was it out of denial or fear but it was too little too late and now he lives with the knowledge that it’s his fault and he should have said something. Now he’s just afraid to, scared that he’ll become ostracized and hated. Say something is a little of the aftermath; how students adjusted and what followed. It really saddened me that after all that had transpired, it seemed not a lot had changed. The popular people were still the same; the outcasts were still cast out and the bullying just continued as if there was nothing learned by the horrible events of that day. This novella was emotional and my heart broke for the boy who had known too much and now lives with the guilt of it. Great Novella, Jennifer Brown continues to be one of my favourite young Adult authors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Waverly Nyx

    That moment when you like a novella more than the actual book oh

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Book Girl

    Review to come: This is a novella to the hate list. I really enjoyed it. Brief read, but very emotional subject

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    Great preview to Hate List.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Loved this little novella giving David's recollection of his junior year and the shooting that occurred. His guilt is overtaking him, but he still has difficulty with telling what he knows...thus "say something." I enjoyed the chapters that alternated between his junior and senior years at school and it helped to remind the reader of what happened when Nick shot all the kids. Recommendation:> If you've read The Hate List, be sure to read this afterward. This should not, however, be read first.

  11. 5 out of 5

    julieta

    Say something. Say something, say something, say something. Why? Why didn’t you speak up? Say Something is a short story to the amazing book Hate List. This story is focused on David, a friend of both Nick and Valerie. In this story, we see deeper into the bullying side of the book; a little like seeing Nick's life before, you know, everything.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    i absolutely adored hate list. it was such an amazing book and when i saw this one, i was understandably excited. unfortunately it was nowhere near as good as hate list. it was still good, and maybe if it hadn't been so long since i read hate list, i would have enjoyed it more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    I was quite disappointed with this novella. After reading the main book I was so content with the ending and how everything played out, however reading this afterwards really irritated me. Not because it was badly written - if anything the plot of this novella was quite important. What annoyed me was the fact it was from Davids POV, a character whom we only see a handful of times very briefly in the main novel. I wasn't interested in him since we had no character building in the Hate List, why w I was quite disappointed with this novella. After reading the main book I was so content with the ending and how everything played out, however reading this afterwards really irritated me. Not because it was badly written - if anything the plot of this novella was quite important. What annoyed me was the fact it was from Davids POV, a character whom we only see a handful of times very briefly in the main novel. I wasn't interested in him since we had no character building in the Hate List, why would his backstory be relevant now? I think the only thing I really liked was that David was used a a vessel to take a peek into Nick's brain and a POV that wasn't Valerie's. In my opinion this unhinged the impact of the main book for me and left me irritated that the story was re-opened after it had been closed with a lovely ending, and that this story left me with more questions than the end of the main novel. Other than that it was okay and I'm glad we got to at least peek inside Nick's brain a tiny bit.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    I think this extra little story pads out the original story nicely. It's not super strong in the way that some extra tales can stand on their own, but I think it gave us a clearer picture of the bullying going on at Garvin High and, it gave me at least, a better view of Valerie's old friends in general. Like, while reading Hate List, I felt the sting when the group she'd always belonged to shut her out just like everyone else, but they didn't have a huge role in the book. All of Valerie's past r I think this extra little story pads out the original story nicely. It's not super strong in the way that some extra tales can stand on their own, but I think it gave us a clearer picture of the bullying going on at Garvin High and, it gave me at least, a better view of Valerie's old friends in general. Like, while reading Hate List, I felt the sting when the group she'd always belonged to shut her out just like everyone else, but they didn't have a huge role in the book. All of Valerie's past reflections were about her relationship with Nick, not her other friendships. I feel like Say Something gave me a little more closure.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A novella is defined as a short novel or long short story. I would put this one in the category of a long short story. The story is excellent because it's another perspective of one of the kids involved indirectly in a school shooting from the book Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I enjoyed reading this alternate perspective and it really got me thinking that someone (like Jennifer Brown) could seriously write a novella for every character in that book and it would really provide an excellent 360 de A novella is defined as a short novel or long short story. I would put this one in the category of a long short story. The story is excellent because it's another perspective of one of the kids involved indirectly in a school shooting from the book Hate List by Jennifer Brown. I enjoyed reading this alternate perspective and it really got me thinking that someone (like Jennifer Brown) could seriously write a novella for every character in that book and it would really provide an excellent 360 degree of a school shooting. Overall, this novella was well done!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen Carver

    Audiobook - I devoured this novella, after listening to The Hate List. It is told from David's perspective, Valarie and Nick's friend. It gives the listener a different view on Nick and his logic behind the shooting. But David, holds a secret to that day, that could bring all of the victims some closure. This novella concentrates on David's struggle with bullying, and the secret he holds.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Louise Mackin

    Having just read The hatelist and discovering that Jennifer Brown had also written this novella, I had to read it. I very much enjoyed David's story on the events surrounding May 2nd and how it effected his life. This novella is an excellent addition to The hatelist and I would definitely recommend it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I enjoyed this story, because it added a new perspective to “Hate List.” But it wasn’t nearly as good as Valerie’s story. That is the pitfalls of a novella, though. There is no way to get the level of detail that you get in a novel. Nor would I have wanted that. This story was interesting, for what it was...a companion piece to the novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alice Nuttall

    An interesting insight into another side of the events in Hate List.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aste

    it was interesting to read it from david's pov

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    I somehow cried more with this novella then the actual novel lol

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    3.5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Keltan Tanguay

    This was a great book it had me hooked the entire way.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.

    If you see something, hear something, know something...Say something! Great addition to the Hate List.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joy Landers

    good alternative point of view about bullying and the worst case scenario

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly4711

    2.5 out of 5 ⭐. This novella didn't pack the same emotional punch as The Hate List, plus it changed how I felt about the ending of The Hate List.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mayra Madrigal

    It added an additional view to the original story. I felt confused at first but then put the pieces together.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Schneider

    I love the hate list and this novella, so good!! But also pretty sad.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JayReads

    Wish it would've been the perspective of Nick but ehh, the speech at the end had me kinda choked up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abby Darling

    This was kind of slow especially right after reading the original novel, Hate List, by Jennifer Brown.

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