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Confessions of a Hater Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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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.
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).Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seriously, I was laughing out loud at times. Of course, there was some serious moments too, and even a couple of sad ones. All-in-all, it made for one great story! Read morePublished 14 months ago by fredamans
Full of satire, sarcasm, friendship with a dash of mean girls on the side. This was the perfect book that made me laugh and wishing I had a friend like Hailey. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Keanna Lewis
Well, the main character's voice was unique and there were moments where I was literally laughing out loud. Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I never write reviews of books. I think its bad karma. I feel like when someone's poured their heart and soul into something, even if its awful like this book, its mean to say so. Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by An interesting person lives here
I work around high school students so I tend to read a lot of YA books. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed diving into this book, and I read it in a day. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by nerio
It's like she's living my life! Modern references helped make the book totally relevant. Flowed so nicely I couldn't put it down.Published on January 28, 2014 by RRW
Call me an anxious father but I have some qualms about reading a girly tween or high school book about mean girls or (girl) haters kind of book when my daughter is barely... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I first looked at the book because it was so colorful and caught my eye, this book is so much more than an eye-catcher! Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by little robin