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Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 27, 2013
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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 is a fun read. I was laughing throughout most of the books. I love that it’s written in the mind of most teenagers. It’s not dumbed down, or too sophisticated, it’s the perfect balance of the thoughts that go through a teen girl’s head. Caprice Crane completely took me back to my teen years.
One of the big ups is that the parents are present in the book. They aren’t there all the time, but they aren’t completely absent from their daughter’s life. I also love how they touch base on bullying, and how important friendships are during those years. Things aren’t sugarcoated either. Some teenagers cuss, and have thoughts about sex. Confessions of a Hater touches those subjects also. I admire the honesty in the characters that Crane has created. The feel I get of this is the same of the one I got when I saw Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. That isn’t a bad thing at all, as I really like that movie, and watch almost every time it’s on.
Hailey is a fun character, she’s quirky and funny. Everything she does is with good intentions. She just wants to be accepted. While Hailey has some questionable moments, I feel like after everything is said and done, she grows as a character. I love when people learn from their mistakes, even if some of those are massive. I highly recommend this to those that want a look into some of the hardships that teens face, and how much they just want to fit in.
“She might be a psycho, and I might be New and Improved Ruthless Hailey, but I’m not an asshole.” ~ Page 42 of ARC