Review: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

Title: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father

Author: Jessica Brody

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Release Date: July 3rd, 2012

Interest: Contemporary YA / Blog Tour

Source: Finished copy received from the publisher

Summary (From Goodreads): Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

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.

My convention buddy, Jillian, read and reviewed 52 Reasons To Hate My Father earlier this summer.  She wrote her review as a list of things she loved about the book, which is an idea I love (you guys know about my love of lists), so I’m following suit 🙂  You can read Jillian’s review at Heise Reads & Recommends.

P.S. The publisher is providing 3 COPIES of this fab book to give away, so make sure you enter to win a copy!

Here’s my list of what I loved and why you should read 52 Reasons To Hate My Father (in no particular order):

1. This is probably silly, but I love Lexi’s full name, Lexington Larrabee.  It suits her character perfectly.

2. A fun, light, and engaging book is needed from time to time, which is why I loved Jessica Brody’s book.  It’s predictable, but in the best kind of way.

3. There’s a message without being preachy or corny.  Lexi learns the importance of hard work, family, and raising her expectations for herself.

4. The romance included in the story is sweet and not over the top.  It’s not racy by any means, so I think it’d be okay for middle school readers.

5. The minor characters are loveable.  I can’t say why really, but I really like Horatio and Kingston.  They aren’t involved in the story much, but it’s obvious that they care about Lexi, even when she’s being obnoxious.

6. Lexi has a revelation towards the end of the book about the list and her life which I really liked.  To us it’s pretty obvious, but seeing her finally get it was fun to read.

7. Lexi decides that for each job she wants to dress like and be a different person.  I love her outfit descriptions and the wigs she wears and names she comes up with.

8. To stay accountable, Lexi has to keep a log of sorts for each job and what she’s learned.  For these she creates a video log and we get to read the transcripts.  It’s a creative way to see how Lexi is responding to her work.

9. I think my favorite job was when she was working in the funeral home.  You’ll have to read it to understand why I like her reaction to that job so much.

10. I’ve always loved the idea of being a florist and many of my reasons match up with Lexi’s experience.

11. Jillian included Rolando on her list and I have to agree with her.  I really like his character and wish there was more of him in the book.

12. Lexi’s quick wit and sense of humor had me giggling and snickering many times throughout the book.  At one point in the book, Lexi compares her father to Henry VIII because of his many marriages and later thinks to herself that his current fling will probably be found “in the bathroom later Googling Henry VIII.”  She’s sarcastic and I enjoyed it.

13. Usually I prefer covers that don’t feature the character, but I love the cover for 52 Reasons To Hate My Father.  It’s eye-catching and has just the right amount of attitude and flair.  My girls in class are going to be drawn to it.

14. Jessica Brody’s writing is easy to read and get into.  I was hooked within the first few pages and wanted to stay up late to finish it.

15. It’s entertaining enough that I’ll be reading Jessica Brody’s other book My Life Undecided.  She’s an author I want more from.

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