Thu, August 30, 2012

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody Review + Giveaway

52 Reasons to Hate My Fatherbook cover

52 Reasons to Hate My Father book cover

52 Reasons to Hate My Father
By Jessica Brody
Publication date: July 3, 2012
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 352 pages
Source: Publisher

Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

— Goodreads.com description

Excuse me, Disney Channel executives? HELLO? Please make a movie out of this book. Like, yesterday. Seriously.*

Truly, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody would be the PERFECT Disney Channel movie, and I mean that as a huge compliment. They’re just sweet, funny and sincerely teeny-boppery guilty pleasures…which is exactly how I’d describe this book.

First of all, Jessica Brody gets teens and their obsessions with this pseudo-celebrity lifestyle. I think of Lexi as Nicole Richie or Paris Hilton in their heyday, but maybe a little less…um…trashy? It was nice to get a peek under her glamorous exterior to see the loneliness hiding underneath.

There’s a lot of lessons in 52 Reasons to Hate My Father about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and expecting the best of yourself, even if no one else does…but it was just told in such a gosh-darn fun way that it didn’t seem super-duper preachy.

Plus, there’s a sweet romance. Love!

See? All the hallmarks of a great Disney Channel movie. World, let’s make this happen. I mean: Just think of the outfits that would be involved! You know you’d watch it!

I definitely recommend this book for a light, fun read. I was impressed with Jessica Brody’s My Life Undecided, but now I’m definitely a fan!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

*UPDATE: Wheeee after I wrote this, I realized this *has* been optioned for film. Seriously, watch the trailer below and you’ll see why it’d be a super enjoyable movie!

Giveaway Time!

Today I’m sharing of the 52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody and Her Books….for 51 other reasons, visit Love YA Lit (Aug. 29), The Book Scout (Aug. 31), and Books Over Boys (Sept. 1), and stay tuned for more!

The last book that surprised Jessica was SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo. She’s really not a fantasy fan at all and was reluctant to read it because of that. But it drew her in immediately and never let go.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father Excerpt
The Making of the 52 Reasons to Hate My Father Book Trailer

Intrigued? Enter below for your chance to win the book, plus Brody’s other works: My Life Undecided (LOVED — see my review here!) and The Karma Club.

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  1. Grace Lo said:

    52 Reasons to Hate My Father sounds AMAZING, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. At first, I genuinely didn’t look into it because contemporary’s not my favourite . . . but after all the hype surrounding the book, I got totally sucked in!

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  2. Lori said:

    This sounds so fun! I really liked The Karma Club, so I’m looking forward to reading this one.

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  3. Melissa @ The Nifty Novels Blog said:

    Once again you have written a review that leads me to head right over to amazon and put a book on my must read list. Can’t wait to read this one!

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  4. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    This looks SUPER cute! I can’t wait to check it out. It just sounds like a really fun, easy to read book.

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  5. Kim said:

    This sounds SO good!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee said:

    When I first heard about this book, I was kind of skeptical. It’s been growing on me though, to the point that now I’m kind of excited for it! 🙂

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  7. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I got an ARC of this on loan, so I can’t wait to read it! Sounds like just the refreshing, fun read that I need 🙂

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  8. Alyssa said:

    This book sounds amazing!!!! Can’t wait to read it when it comes out!!!

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  9. Estelle said:

    I did NOT realize that this book was written by the “My Life Undecided” author. Fun fact: did you know Magan bought me that book last year for Christmas because you raved about it? Another fun fact: How said that it is now the end of August and I have not read it? Something is indeed wrong with me.

    I am all for a fun Disney Channel movie. I’ll call up Mickey and talk to him about it. We are close and personal buds.

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  10. Sara said:

    52 Reasons to Hate my Father sounds amazing! I really want to read it but sadly my library has not ordered it.

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  11. Nikki said:

    I love Disney Channel Movies. I admit, with pride and joy, that some of them (ehem, Stepsister From Planet Weird) make my all time favorites list. So…I am sure I would also love this book!

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  12. Brodi said:

    This sounds like such a fun read! I may have to add it to my ‘to be bought’ list 😀

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  13. Jennifer aka YA Book Nerd said:

    YES1 It would be a great movie! I love her books, they’re so funny.

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  14. Liz said:

    This does sound like a perfect Disney Channel movie! Looking forward to tracking this one down. Thanks for the review!

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  15. Vy said:

    After watching the trailer I can totally see this as a Disney movie. This sounds like such a fun read!

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  16. Sierra said:

    I am so excited to read this book it looks so awesome and funny. I have wiating for it to out forver. Awesome giveaway.

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  17. Lauren Ellice said:

    Sounds like a fun book… and movie!

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  18. Mary DeBorde M.A.D. said:

    After having read (& LOVED) My Life Undecided, I am thrilled to have a chance to win/read Jessica’s latest 🙂
    Can’t wait to find out how Lexi navigates her way thru 52 crappy jobs lol

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  19. JennyC said:

    I never read any of her stuff but i would love to start 🙂

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  20. Rachael L said:

    The Karma Club was a fun read. I look forward to reading Jessica’s new book. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  21. Hwa Sun said:

    I love the trailer for 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. It’s so funny 🙂 It’d be an awesome movie.

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  22. Tahleen said:

    I have no doubt they’ll end up making this a movie at some point. That book trailer is amazing. I am excited to read the book too!

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  23. Christina K. said:

    REally awesome!!

    It seems to be a really fun contemp;)

    Thank you:)

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  24. Ashley said:

    I saw the trailer for this book a few weeks ago and I think it’s my favourite book trailer EVER. EVER EVER EVER! It’s so cute and intriguing and actually gives me an idea of what the book will be like (I feel like most trailers don’t do that–they’re just fluff).

    Fingers crossed!! I’d LOVE to read this book!!

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  25. Patricia said:

    I loved the trailer. I think that it could be a fabulous Disney movie too.

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  26. Cait said:

    I’m seeing this book everywhere! I have to read it!

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  27. Angie said:

    I loved 52 Reasons and My Life Undecided!! They’re both so funny and just amazing!

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  28. HwaYoun Kang said:

    I LOVED this book so much! I can’t wait to read some of her other books!

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  29. Jessica Wu said:

    im loving this book so far!

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  30. Laura said:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I haven’t had a chance to read any of these yet!

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  31. alicia marie said:

    This sounds like a great new contemporary read! Thanks for the giveaway : )

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  32. Caitlin Ek said:

    Love Jessica Brody- I have meant he several times and she is so genuine and sweet- and your right her books would make perfect movies!

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  33. mindy said:

    oh that sounds fun!

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  34. Tabitha said:

    This book sounds amazing, and you’re right it does seem like the perfect book to be made into a Disney movie! And that book trailer is probably one of my favorites! Great review. 😀

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  35. Rebecca said:

    You had me at Disney. I love those cute, sweet, fun reads and this sounds perfect. Even more excited to get my hands on this now. Anna, I love this review but then again I love all your reviews 😉 Sqee, glad you enjoyed this!

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  36. Morgan said:

    I have heard so many great things about this book! I can’t wait to read it!

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  37. Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books said:

    I am DYING to read this book, i love the concept and Jessica Brody has such a fun style of writing. Normally I don’t like book trailers, but I LOVE this one. It is seriously already a movie trailer.

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  38. Holly said:

    I can’t wait to read 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  39. Emily said:

    Love Jessica Brody! Really want the book!

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  40. Theresa said:

    This book sounds so good! I need to read this soon!

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  41. Kenny said:

    Woah, I’ve been waiting for this book for a while now, ever since I put it on my WOW a while ago, great review and summary, it looks so unique.

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  42. Michelle said:

    I’ve been thinking this book looked cute!! It totally does sound perfect for a disney or abcfamily movie!!

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  43. Allie Rose said:

    I love the trailer for this one. I’ve been interested in 52 Reasons for a while, but the trailer totally sold me. If it were made into a TV show, I think I’d be hooked. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

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  44. Kristan said:

    That was probably one of the best book trailers! I wasn’t sure about this book, but now I’m DYING to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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