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