Hate List: Rhetorical Analysis
The target audience for Hate List appears to be young adults or adolescents, primarily those still in school. Brown appeals to this audience by using matters that the younger crowd has always been facing, such as the way too common issues of bullying and not feeling accepted. The narrator herself is a seventeen year old that is emotionally unstable due to all the hardships she has experienced throughout her school years and dramatic life at home. The writer gives a clear understanding of Valeries sense of loneliness, guilt, and depression. Brown also takes a modern day approach by using the extreme issue of school shootings and how the media portrays them. Children today are hearing of school tragedies more and more and it's easy for them to perceive the horror that could be come from such a terrible situation. As a result, a youthful audience can find it fitting to connect or relate to what the characters in this book are feeling and become drawn to the story.
The story is told through the eyes of Valerie Leftman, a seventeen year old girl who is one of the victims of a shooting at her school caused by her longtime boyfriend, Nick Levil. Valerie's attitude towards the subject is very shameful and lonesome, as she feels no one is understanding of the position she is put in because she can barely understand it herself. She is torn between mourning Nick's death and feeling a tremendous amount of guilt for those he shot. Through Valerie's point of view, the reader is able to get a deeper insight of Nick and who he really was. Valerie from the very beginning saw him in a way that no one else could. His peers at school judged him, saying, "His clothes were ratty, sometimes too big, and never stylish.” But Valerie looked beyond that, saying, “He had these really sparkly dark eyes and a lopsided smile that was adorably apologetic and never showed his teeth.” She is one of the few that actually misses Nick’s presence...