Book Review: ’52 Reasons to Hate My Father’ by Jessica Brody

I won this book. It looked fun, I entered a contest…boom. The rest is reading history.

Book Cover 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica BrodyRating: 3

The Low Down: She’s so close to 18, she can almost taste it. Lexington Larrabee, notorious socialite and daughter of a media mogul, will inherit her trust fund as soon as her next birthday. She’s sure that even though she wrecked her brand-new custom Mercedes, her father’s “people” will take care of it all like they always do. After all, that’s what Daddy has been doing her whole life; having his employees follow her around with a dust pan, making sure as little as possible about her antics get in the news.

Lexi and her two best friends have planned their summer already, and as soon as her check gets handed to her, she’s going to live the life she knows she has coming to her. Much to her surprise, however, cold reality comes in the form of an ultimatum: work one week at each of 52 different jobs for the duration of one year without quitting, whining or slacking, and the money’s hers.

Enter Luke Carver, her father’s latest intern. Like many, he admires Richard Larrabee for his tenacity and success. But Lexi? It’s hard to feel sorry for a girl who has everything with an appreciation of nothing. And lucky him – he is assigned to be Lexi’s babysitter.

What happens when you see how the rest of the world lives? What if the life you think you deserve isn’t the one you should choose? Maybe, for both Lexi and Luke, seeing how the other half lives might be the best thing for them both.

Well?: What a fun read. Of course, I enjoyed it when she got her comeuppance, was not “noticed” because she was the help, and when she freaked out. Fun times. Having Lexi be a one-dimensional character would have been so boring (much like the real thing *ahem*), so she had to be redeemed. I like, too that Luke had to realize that he had to understand that his idol was fallible, too.

The Bottom Line: If you find yourself wanting those poor little rich girls to have a dose of reality, you will love this book.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody was published July 3, 2012 by Farrar Straus Giroux. Ink and Page won this book in a giveaway, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction Romance
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

Other Reviews:
I’d So Rather Be Reading: 3.5 of 5 Stars (@soratherread)
Reading Lark: 5 of 5 Stars (@ReadingLark)

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