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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–In this funny story of pranks and mean-girl antics, Hailey Harper is on her way to becoming the Queen Bee of mean–even if she doesn't realize it. Before she and her parents moved to Hollywood for her dad's new job, she was bullied and ignored at school. But after she starts following the advice outlined in her older sister's diary (and wearing her old clothes), her social luck changes. Yet when she briefly becomes part of the most popular clique at West Hollywood High, she realizes that the group's leader, Skyler, is pretty cruel. Hailey's determination to beat Skyler at her own game results in an all-out prank war. But as the stunts get nastier and nastier, Hailey starts to realize that maybe she's the top Mean Girl after all. This fast read will definitely entertain fans of realistic fiction with a little bit of romance mixed in. There are some semi-hot-and-heavy sex scenes toward the end of the book as well as casual references to alcohol peppered throughout. The story of Hailey's downfall is realistically written, and all of the characters are well developed and very lifelike. The ending is sewn up a little too perfectly, and the pop-culture references could quickly date the narrative. Nonetheless, this is a solid recommendation for those who'd like a glimpse into the life of a Hollywood hater.–Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Mean girls, popular girls, haters—call them what you will, they’re presiding over many a high school. Hailey Harper, newly relocated from Westchester to Hollywood, is using her older sister’s diary to reinvent herself from self-described dork into a fab member of the in-crowd. Hailey, following the diary’s rules on How to Be a Hater, is immediately accepted by queen bee Skyler and her minions, but she soon realizes she wants nothing to do with them, choosing instead to form her own band of misfits called The Invisibles. That’s when the trouble starts. The Invisibles set out to hate the haters, and taking a page out of Skyler’s nasty book, they start pulling mean-spirited pranks. As Hailey says, Payback’s a bitch. The first half of this is a ton of fun, and the voice is both unique and authentically teen; the plot points of the second half, however, don’t always feel believable, and the novel can come off feeling somewhat preachy. Still, girls who love books about the social pecking order will gravitate to Hailey’s search for authenticity. A cool cover will draw ’em. Grades 9-12. --Ann Kelley
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250008468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250008466
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You don't build yourself up by tearing somebody else down - in other words; self esteem comes from within, not without.

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.

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"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.
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Caprice Crane has done it again..... typically I don't read young adult books but I am such a Caprice Crane fan I found myself excited to go on this journey. I couldnt put the book down, it took me back to school days and I re-lived it all again. This book should be on everybodys shelf. Bravo.
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My only complaint is that she writes too slow. Being forced to read and re read her books over and over while waiting for new ones is torturous ! Well, torturous fun anyway. Funny, edgy, insightful, irreverent, twisted, crafted and immensely readable nuggets a of pure delight! Please, please get busy and write MORE BOOKS!!
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Confessions Of A Hater is a real page-turner. Captivating characters and comedic gold are to be found within the pages of this masterpiece, and you would be hard-pressed to find another book which so effectively captures the spirit of high school while providing endless entertainment. A must-read for all, whether you are currently a teen in high school or a survivor of it!
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I've been a huge fan of Crane's since her debut novel, Stupid and Contagious. Each of her novels since have been well-written, clever, funny, full of great movie and song references and filled with sympathetic, likable and still somehow "real" characters. This book marks her first foray into the YA genre, and it is no exception to her usual high-caliber novel. In fact, I think adults will enjoy this perhaps even more than its intended teen audience. Especially the early chapters, which almost seem to be written from an adult perspective looking back on high school, though this more distanced POV does not last long into the novel. When Hailey moves with her family from New York to Hollywood and goes from an invisible freshman to a prominent and popular sophomore. Her transformation comes through the wardrobe (and secret diary) purloined from her older sister which helps Hailey not only learn about what constitutes "cool" - but also gives her some much needed confidence.

Yes, this high school makeover story feels familiar - and the lessons learned have been hammered into teens millions of times before. But, still, this is a fast-paced and fun read. No high school stereotypes are revolutionized here, but books set in high school hardly feel authentic without those stand-by groups of the popular girls, the nerds, the jocks, etc. Teens (and adults) will recognize many of these characters (though perhaps more from television and movies than real life - but it is set in West Hollywood High...). Somehow, despite all of this, Crane's book still feels fresh - and oddly realistic (though perhaps not in its dealings with teen pregnancy and addiction).
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Caprice Crane's latest book (and first for young adults) is captivating and is a great story from start to finish.

After waiting weeks from the sneak preview to be able to read the whole thing, I found it was completely worth the wait. As usual, Ms. Crane is able to develop her characters into people you feel you get to know and identify with on a personal level. The feelings and interactions are vivid and real, and the book really pulls you in.

Aside from being a compelling story which is both funny and sincere, the book has some fantastic and important messages for both teens and their parents alike.

My 14 year-old son is entering high school this year and he will be reading this - and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone who has a teenager.
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This book is similar to "Mean Girls" and talks about bullying, drug use, popularity, telling the popular girls to go s&ck it and so on.

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.
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