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52 Reasons to Hate My Father

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52 Reasons to Hate My Father

Seventeen-year-old Lexington Larrabee is rich, carefree and famous. Her fame mostly comes from having an extremely wealthy father, but she also has gained herself a bit of a reputation for getting in trouble. The latest stint resulted in a drunk Lexi driving her very expensive car into a convenience store. Repairing the damage to all parties involved, including erasing the drunk-driving charge, will cost her father $1.7 million. Lexi barely bats an eye; the only feeling she acknowledges is her killer hangover. She couldn’t care less about the consequences of her actions, and has long since stopped worrying about what her father thinks. He barely has said two words to her since her mother died 12 years ago. She is just passing the time until she turns 18 and inherits her $25-million trust fund. Then she is so out of her father’s absent shadow.

"52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER explodes with energy, humor and sizzling romance, while bits of human insight will cause readers to ponder and reflect on their own lives."

The first thing Lexi has planned for her trust fund is a birthday party in Vegas with her two best friends, and then they’re off to a summer cruise in the Mediterranean. She wakes up early and picks out the perfect outfit for receiving her check. But to her shock, her father has changed the rules. In order to get her money, Lexi must first complete 52 week-long manual labor jobs over the course of a year. He’s talking about working in fast food, cleaning toilets, and digging graves at a cemetery. If she refuses, she will be completely cut off from the money. Her father has set it all up, arranged the 52 places of employment, paid them well, and even hired a supervisor (more like a babysitter, Lexi thinks) to oversee the process. Luke is a 20-year old intern who greatly respects her father. That’s just what the world needs --- a clone of her father!

After having fits and tantrums, attempting to fly out of town, and even trying to bribe her way out of work, Lexi realizes she has no choice but to complete every dirty deed her father has arranged. But to her surprise, her world begins to brighten and expand, with friends, talents discovered, and a whole new outlook on life. She even starts digging around in her own past, uncovering secrets buried deep about her mother. Her year-long sentence looms dark and depressing, but she will finally learn a thing or two about real life --- and herself.

52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER explodes with energy, humor and sizzling romance, while bits of human insight will cause readers to ponder and reflect on their own lives. Author Jessica Brody weaves many important issues into its pages, like teen drinking, drunk driving, alcoholism, trust, and defining a life’s purpose. She creates a glittering, dynamic character with Lexi; her spoiled selfishness blazes brighter than any of the diamonds in her jewelry box.

However, three things save her from complete dislike in the first few chapters: the reader’s knowledge that she is going to learn a lot about being kind and tolerant in the coming pages; the devotion and intimacy she shares with her two best friends; and the love she has for her dog, Holly, whom she rescued from a puppy mill. Lexi does have a good heart, though at the beginning it is buried beneath a snobby exterior. But it slowly emerges, fresh and ready for a new life.

Jessica Brody is definitely an author to watch out for, providing enjoyable entertainment with lots of subtle words of wisdom.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on July 22, 2012

52 Reasons to Hate My Father
by Jessica Brody

  • Publication Date: February 5, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • ISBN-10: 1250024595
  • ISBN-13: 9781250024596