Saturday, August 18, 2012

52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody

In Jessica Brody's 52 Reasons to Hate my Father the readers get to know Lexington Larrabee is your stereotypical spoiled rich girl.  
 
After crashing her brand new Mercedes, Lexie's father is fed up.  And he finds 52 jobs for Lexie to make up for it.

...in fact if she doesn't do those 52 reasons, spread out throughout an entire year, then Lex will lose her $25 million trust fund, that she was supposed to receive on her eighteenth birthday.  
 
52 Reasons to Hate My FatherWell, Lex is 18, but no trust fund in sight...so the works begins...along with a liaison (aka Babysitter) named Luke, who happened to be the most uptight 20 year old that Lex has ever met!

Job after job...Lex is not seeing the lesson her father is trying to instill in her...until a series of events makes her open her eyes.

Her father is never around.  He hasn't been since Lex lost her mother when she was five.  Since then, his father has been working, working, and just more working.  He's doesn't seem to want anything to do with any of his children, instead opting to marry a different woman every so many years.

A multi-billion dollar CEO Mr. Larrabee has it all...or does he?  And how is it affecting Lexie??


My thoughts:

This was my type of book! It was an easy read, fun, and with a great mortal at the end!  What I enjoyed the most was knowing that even though Lexie does some pretty spoiled rich girl things at the beginning of 52 Reasons, the reader realizes almost immediately just how miss understood Lex is!  She's a girl trying to get her father's attention!

I also thought it was a great change in a story line that follows a wealthy woman, who pretty much almost loses her money, but doesn't lose her friends! Has anyone ever noticed that?? That in most movies or book involving a rich girl(s), and when they lose their money, they lose all their friends too!!
Examples:
Material Girls with Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff, From Prada to Nada with Alexis Vegas and Camille Belle, Cow Belles with Aly and AJ Michalka and I'm sure a ton of others!

Okay, so those are all pretty much either Disney and not the greatest of movies, I will admit that...but like I said I'm sure there are a ton of other examples!

Lexie's friends support her, and treat exactly the same throughout.  Okay, they go on vacation, but they tell her if she needs anything tell them and they will be there for her!

I enjoyed going through the process with Lex, as she goes from job to job and learns to enjoy herself more and more along the way!  The Taco place was fun, I loved her enthusiasm for the flower shop job! And especially her enthusiastic videos to Luke, giving him a recap of her work each week!  

Overall rating:
 

It was a great contemporary teen book! With a great moral, a little bit of a love story, and the dealing of a super unstable family!

I recommend it to readers 14 and up, and ones who enjoy contemporary teen books! It's a super cute read!

The Romance Bookie :)

2 comments:

  1. I wanted to read this! Do you know if NetGalley has it?

    I'll have to check and see if my local library has it too.

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    1. Netgalley only has ARCs usually. Once in a while they have older releases, but those are by the choice of the publisher. 52 Reasons was released a few months ago, so it's not on Netgalley.

      But definitely check the library.

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