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Confessions of a Hater

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Confessions of a Hater

Hailey Harper has one goal: survive high school. She, like any other teen, is doing her best to navigate mean girls, cute boys and crazy teachers...when everything changes. Her dad has gotten a new job and her family is moving to Hollywood, California. Hailey is devastated. This move means she must leave behind her friends and her awesome art teacher, and start fresh at a new school.

"Crane’s usage of humor and dialogue had me laughing aloud as I read. This is truly an underdog story and by the end, one can’t help but routing for Hailey and her group of friends, the Invisibles."

When she’s packing, though, Hailey finds something that could change her high school experience forever --- her older and much cooler sister’s diary, titled "How to be a Hater." Could this be what Hailey needs to finally become a someone at her new school? Or will only bad things come from taking on the dreaded high school social hierarchy? In CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane, Hailey Harper finds out just how high the price is to become a hater.

Honestly, when I began this book, I was unimpressed. The premise was a little immature, and I thought I was opening yet another narrow high school drama. I’m happy to say I was sorely mistaken. It takes a while to get into but once you, as a reader, get into Hailey Harper’s head, you will be thoroughly entertained. Crane’s usage of humor and dialogue had me laughing aloud as I read. This is truly an underdog story and by the end, one can’t help but routing for Hailey and her group of friends, the Invisibles.

While the theme of CONFESSIONS OF A HATER was pretty generic (girl becomes part of the in-crowd, then discovers the shallow side of popularity and decides to rebel against it), there was an added depth to Hailey’s story. She has to deal with a father she adores become distant and detached from the family. She must band together with a sister she doesn’t get along with in order to keep what she loves together.

CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane isn’t just another Mean Girls knockoff. This hysterical high school tale is thought-provoking in more than one way. Hailey and her friends challenge the social atmosphere of high school. They learn that popularity isn’t everything, though first must discover what it means to be themselves. Crane’s message to be true to yourself and not let others change you is presented in a funny and endearing way in CONFESSIONS OF A HATER.

Reviewed by Kate Sidlowski on August 21, 2013

Confessions of a Hater
by Caprice Crane

  • Publication Date: August 27, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • ISBN-10: 1250008468
  • ISBN-13: 9781250008466