Author: Caprice Crane
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publish Date: August 27th, 2013
“Mean girls are always the haters - Right?
Hailey Harper has always felt invisible. Now her dad has a new job and the family is moving to Hollywood. Just what Hailey needs: starting a new high school.
As she's packing, Hailey finds a journal that belonged to her older sister, Noel, who is away at college. Called "How to Be a Hater," it's full of info Hailey can really use. Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Will it help her reinvent herself at her new school? Will her crush notice her? Will she and the other Invisibles dethrone the popular mean girls? After all, they deserve it. Don't they?
Caprice Crane's funny--and deeply felt--observations about high school, bullies, popularity, friendship, and romance will leave teens thinking...and talking.”
Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane is seriously funny. A must read for anyone who loved Mean Girls! But it's so much more than a book about girl fights and backstabbing.
I was very impressed with Crane's ability to weave an incredibly funny story with such serious issues. This book dealt with everything from bullying (obviously) to divorce, teen pregnancy and drug addiction. It showed that everyone—nerd, popular girl, jock, or parent—is flawed in their own ways. Everyone makes mistakes and its up to them to deal with the consequences of them. And that even the best intentions can lead you down a slippery slope that might just land you in a heap of trouble. For such a side splitting novel, Crane's characters sure have a lot to teach readers.
There were a couple of times when the humor of the book sort of overtook the plot. See, Hailey has this way of going off on tangents, so she'll be talking about one thing and then two paragraphs later she'll finally get back to whatever she'd initially been talking about, usually after a long rant about something completely random like krav maga. And it's funny, it is. Until like the tenth time she does it and then it's annoying, but then she keeps doing it and it gets funny again. It's amusing, and totally showcases Hailey's zany yet entertaining thoughts, but I think some people might get lost—or in my case, become so wrapped up in whatever tangent she's going on about that they forget Hailey's original point.
Like I said, Confessions of a Hater is extremely funny, but it does discuss some very serious topics. My heart broke, my blood boiled, and I'm sure I blushed during most of one chapter. While there's nothing truly offensive or even very descriptive, I'd suggest this book to the older end of the YA spectrum. It does have some very good points to make about bullying and that in itself is enough for me to recommend this to everyone. So go buy Confessions of a Hater, then flip through the book while still in the store and try not to laugh out loud like a weirdo. Just try not to.
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