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One of the most painful and difficult lessons to learn in life and yet, Caprice Crane brilliantly (and effortlessly) spins it into a vibrant and entertaining tale. One in which we go beyond "haters gonna hate" into how we can help stop the cycle of bullying. In an era when the news is full of boys and girls, children and teenagers, who take drastic and irreparable steps due to bullying a book like this is needed all-the-more.
"Confessions of a Hater" follows Hailey - a self-professed nerd and social outcast - as she re-invents herself for a new year at a new school with advice from her big-sister's lost diary (appropriately called How to be a Hater) into the epitome of popular chic and discovers that the real her ... the better her ... isn't someone who fits in with the high school mean girls. Hailey, through trial and error, realizes that happiness and self esteem are hard-won and worth more than that.
Filled with Crane's signature biting wit and distinctive style, "Confessions of a Hater" is packed with the drama and heightened emotions that you'll remember from high school (and be thankful you don't have to go through again): the highs and lows of friendships, backstabbing and budding teenage romance. Characters like Anya - the acerbic and pithy best friend - and Grace, the sweetest YA character I've read in years, layer the book and make it a definite MUST READ.
Confessions of a Hater is a realistic, amusing book that alerts the reader to be aware of the people around. Hailey is a teenage girl going through the common struggles of adolescence, and has a hard time finding the right path. Hailey wants to have the right clothes, the right hair, and the right people to hang around with, but she feels invisible. Noel, Hailey's older sister who seemed to have the perfect high school experience, unintentionally left her a delicate, useful guide on how to survive high school: How to be a Hater. Hailey and her group of "invisibles" start the act of survival of the fittest against Skylar Brandt's evil coalition of girls, performing cruel yet creative tricks on one another. This book reminds us that consequences may be greater than we realize if we treat someone poorly.
Caprice Crane's ability to use realistic dialogue allows the reader to feel as if they are a part of the story, and can easily relate to the characters. While Hailey confronts the one boy in school that she adores, her words pile on top of each other and never seem to come out right; "I tried to remain cool, calm, and collected, a virtually impossible task, but one I tried to make easier by completely avoiding eye contact. No way I could look him in the eyes. His beautiful blue eyes..." (70).
The dialogue used throughout the story also lets the reader feel for Hailey, and understand her point of view. For example, when Hailey is rebellious, she says "we're not going to run scared...and we're gonna turn it back on them," (140) while planning a devious act with her friends against the girls they all loathed.
Another way Crane makes the story extremely alluring and realistic is by using imagery. Not only do the situations Hailey and other characters experience seem realistic, but they also help the reader imagine it. For example, when Hailey meets new girls that soon become a part of the coalition of "invisibles", she first notices how Dahlia "had a pierced nose...wore ripped jeans with red tights underneath, Vans sneakers with black-and-white checkers..." (105-106). After reading what Hailey first saw while examining Dahlia, the reader might assume Dahlia's style does not make it easy for her to fit in with the popular crowd.
Teenage girls hate to be compared to each other. Pretty, popular, smart - these are few of the many qualities Hailey's sister, Noel obtains; Hailey is compared to her constantly. Hailey struggles to find her way in high school, but that special someone, friends, and her smart ideas to rebel against Skylar help her through it. Confessions of a Hater is relatable, and Crane doesn't describe high school as a fairy tale, but she describes it as it really is; an era when you find out who means the most to you, and who you really are.
I really enjoyed this book I was laughing out loud and the music references were really fun and relevant today. I highly recommend this book to high schoolers, adults wanting to get a good laugh or look back and so on.
This book is not just a shallow "let me be popular" book is what I love about it. It's just something that teenagers need to know that it's ok not to be cool or popular and so on.
Caprice has a way of portraying the characters in a way that you can see a little, or a lot, of yourself in them. It certainly is challenging growing up in this day and age but Caprice makes it so entertaining that I couldn't put the book down. A healthy dose of pop culture references make it all the more entertaining. Like her previous books Caprice paints vivid imagery with her well developed characters and their real life dilemmas. I highly recommend Confessions Of A Hater for yourself and as a gift for any young adult you know