Book Review: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

Author: Jessica Brody

Publisher: Square Fish

Release date: February 5, 2013

Rating: 5 stars – I LOVED THIS TO PIECES!

Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

SYNOPSIS

Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job…but someone’s gotta do it.

Lexington Larrabee has never had 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 Boulevard either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth 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 Jessica Brody’s 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 fifty-two reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

TREAD CAREFULLY DEARIE. SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD. TIS NOT TOO LATE TO TURN BACK.

I was very excited to start reading this novel. Why? Well, I was kind of in a reading slump. I was very tired of reading dystopian and supernatural reads. After a while, they all blur together and feel like it’s all the same, which is the last thing I want to think. I love the dystopian and supernatural genres. They are my absolute favorite. But I have to admit that it gets tiring sometimes.

So, I plunged into this contemporary novel and….well, loved it!

Eighteen-year-old Lexi Larrabee is a spoiled heiress. All her life she has been given everything she’s ever wanted. But as any spoiled heiress, Lexi has taken it all for granted. When she crashes her new state of the art Mercedes into a convenience store while under the influence, her father, Richard Larrabee, decides to put Lexi’s trust fund on hold until she completes the 52 jobs – one for every week of the year. If that’s not bad enough, her father hires a babysitter, nay – liaison to keep a close eye on Lexi.

At first, Lexi is totally against the idea, trying to get out of it in any way possible. But as the weeks past by, she begins to realize things she’s never considered.

At the beginning, I wasn’t Lexi’s biggest fan. She kind of irked me and brought feelings of absolute hate and disbelief towards the rich. But Lexi grows on me. I can’t entirely blame her and her ignorance towards how the other half lives. It was funny seeing how Lexi doesn’t know how to do simple household chores like vacuuming and ironing. She had to YouTube how to vacuum, which went well at first but was a totally disaster in the end.

The thing I liked most about her approach to working these jobs was the way she pretended to be someone different at every day. It was creative and just fun. Plus, it kept her real identity a secret, which helped her undergo and develop a new sense of appreciation for each job without having the lights and flashes of cameras.

I also very much liked how Lexi grows and blossoms throughout the novel. She’s spoiled and bitter, throwing temper tantrums when things do not go her way. Her anger and fear towards her father is tangible and at some points I sympathized with her. There are so many sides to Lexi. She isn’t one dimensional. Lexi is stubborn and entitled, but she also cares a lot and is beyond funny. If there is something she wants more than money and fame it’s her father’s love. Deep down inside she knows she’s a disappointment and continues to be just that because it’s what everyone expects of her. She reflects on that very thing; her sense of self startling and deeply profound.

Her character development is definitely one of my favorites I’ve ever read and I give huge props to Jessica Brody for writing Lexi so deeply profoundly.

There’s also that liaison I mentioned in Luke Carver. Ahh Luke. He’s so…unexpected. Not his character or the possible blossoming love between him and Lexi. He’s different. For one, he doesn’t really like Lexi at the beginning. He grows to like her and I see Luke as the embodiment of us, the reader. It sounds strange, yes, but he genuinely starts to like her when she begins to see things in a new light. I liked this because with most YA novels, the guy already has liked the female protagonist for some time or vice versa. There is never any building to the possible romance between them. With Luke and Lexi there was and it was just so sweet and *le sigh* Luke offers contrast between Lexi’s old love, Mendi. You can see the obvious differences between the two and there was never any doubt in my mind who was the better partner for her. Luke brings out the good in Lexi. All Mendi does is enable her.

There is also depth in Luke. He comes from a middle-class background and has ambitions and dreams to be successful. He isn’t your normal college guy who likes to go to Frat parties and have sex with a different girl every week as is the cliched version in NA novels. No, Luke is average, normal, and cannot reflect a guy in his age group more realistically than that.

One more thing: He’s also so cutely awkward. I may have swooned a bit.

The ending was one of my favorite parts because it’s very endearing and heartfelt. Lexi discovers the truth about her mother – which was a reoccurring theme throughout the story – and chooses to be selfless. There are so many aspects of the novel that I adored towards the end. Things were resolved, new opportunities opened, and Lexi gained a life-changing experience.

I highly recommend 52 Reasons To Hate My Father. It’s funny, unexpected, fast-paced, and full of heart. It’s especially great if you want to read something other than the norm, like I did 🙂 It’s one of those stories that you’ll remember because of the creative spin to a classic and maybe cliche premise. It also may be contradictory saying, but it’s also something I guarantee you’ve never read.

If this doesn’t convince you, maybe the book trailer will! I have to say that the trailer sold me on purchasing this novel! It just captured my attention and interest…and I did not regret my decision one bit.

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4 Comments

  1. Sounds like such a fun read 🙂

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  2. Random Person

     /  October 9, 2014

    i just finish reading it and i don’t really like to read but with this bookk, i just couldn’t put it down. IT WAS GREAT!!! 😛

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