“52 Reasons To Hate My Father” by Jessica Brody
Release date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 352 pages
Today the “52 Days of 52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody and Her Books” Blog Tour is making a stop here at Teen Lit Rocks. We haven’t done too many of these, but we couldn’t resist promoting a book that talks about how a one-percenter learns life-changing lessons from spending a year like the rest of the world’s 99 percent — you know: having to work for a living. Plus, as an entertainment reporter, it was fun to imagine any number of shallow, bad-girl heiresses in Lexington’s place. Here’s the scoop on the story:
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 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 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.
Book Trivia of the Day: Jessica’s Most Embarrassing Moment
When she was six years old, she got her hair cut really short. She and her friend walked into a dressing room at summer camp and everyone screamed, “Ahhh! There’s a boy in here!” She was so mortified, she’s had long hair ever since.
Why You Should Read It: The book might seem a tad frivolous from the description, but there’s a surprising depth to Lexington’s journey from Paris Hilton-esque party girl to someone who understands that wealth and privilege mean more than being able to drive a custom-built Mercedes and behind-the-velvet-rope access to VIP rooms and private jets. Her story is also a good reminder that money can be alienating (she has four brothers but her best friend is her dog), even when it can buy you anything you want.
Lexington realizes just how much her life is missing when she sits down to dinner at a Mexican friend’s crowded apartment. Despite the clutter and the cheap furnishings, her friend has a family that eats together, laughs together, loves him unconditionally. Lexington’s transformation isn’t overnight, but that makes the book all the more believable.
Brody’s writing is crisp and witty. There’s a ton of consumer and pop-culture references, but they’re pivotal to explain just how materialistic Lexington is at the beginning of the story. This is a teen, after all, who wouldn’t be “caught dead in a Lexus.” There’s romance as well, and while it’s fairly obvious who she’ll end up with, it’s still fun to see her grow to find someone serious and ambitious so attractive. For a fun and fast way to finish off your summer reading, grab “52 Reasons to Hate My Father.”
I can’t wait to see if the book, which has already been optioned, turns into a star vehicle for an adorable young Disney/Nickelodeon star.
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