Published by Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Pub Date: August 27th 2013
Format: ARC | Source: Blog Tour, Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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 turned out to be about so much more than just a girl trying to take down the mean girls at her new school with her group of “invisible” friends. It touched on several different things that I think teens could relate to and learn from.
Caprice Crane’s writing had a really authentic teen voice in Hailey. I felt she really got the characters and a lot of the drama from high school right. Though Hailey is the main character, my favorite was Anya, Hailey’s best friend. I pretty much want to hang out with her in real life, she’s that awesome and funny. Hailey goes on a bit of a roller-coaster in this book. She starts out as this nice kid who just wants to fit in, then almost turns into the person she dislikes most. I actually thought this was a great Mean Girls movie-like story; almost like the book equivalent of it, but with more real and heavier subjects at times, but still the same sense of humor. The book did start a little slow for me, but soon things started picking up, so don’t get discouraged if you find yourself in that same situation. While romance wasn’t the focus of the book, there was a boy and he’s a really good guy. There’s definitely kissing…and then there’s also more than kissing. I did think the sexual content, while not graphic, was definitely more descriptive than some of the YA books I’ve read. Also, this book really kept me guessing as to what the characters’ next moves would be. And I mean ALL the characters. They may seem predictable on the surface, but they ended up surprising me…some in better ways than others.
About the Author
Caprice Crane is the author of several novels for adults, including Stupid and Contagious and With a Little Luck. She was born in Hollywood but don’t hold that against her. She doesn’t go wandering around with a tiny dog in her purse. Her mother, renowned film, television, and stage actress Tina Louise, is perhaps best known as Ginger Grant from the beloved sitcom Gilligan’s Island. Her father is former talk-show host and Grammy winner Les Crane. Caprice has worked for MTV Networks as a writer and producer, and has been a music supervisor for film and TV. Her screenwriting credits include 90210 (2008-13) and the movie Love Wedding Marriage. She divides her time between New York City and L.A.
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