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52 Reasons to Hate My Father
Contributor(s): Brody, Jessica

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ISBN: 1250024595     ISBN-13: 9781250024596
Publisher: Square Fish
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2013

Annotation: On her eighteenth birthday, Lexington Larrabee learns that her days of making headlines may be at an end when her father decides she must learn some values by working a different, low-wage job every week for a year or forfeit her trust fund.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Fathers and daughters; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Work; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013003804
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.70 lbs) 340 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 154233
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 12.0
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>
Jessica Brody is the author of THE KARMA CLUB, MY LIFE UNDECIDED and the forthcoming UNREMEMBERED trilogy, as well as two novels for adults. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Visit her on the Web at jessicabrody.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
After she drunkenly crashes her car, Paris Hilton esque heiress Lexington's father makes her work a different low-wage job every week for one year to earn her trust fund. New friends, a hot intern, and personal revelations help her appreciate her circumstances, and even her father. Brody earns Lexi's one-eighty transformation through deliberate pacing and astute characterization. A glitzy caper with real heart.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 May #3)

Famous and spoiled teenage heiress Lexington Larrabee could give the Kardashians a run for their money in this opulent and fast-paced story. Lexi finally pushes her media-mogul father too far when she crashes her new Mercedes convertible into a convenience store after a night of partying. Fed up, her stereotypically distant billionaire father withholds more than love: he decides not to give his daughter access to her million trust fund on her 18th birthday. The only way Lexi can get it back is to complete 52 menial jobs, one each week for a year. Lexi must report daily to her father's college-age intern, Luke, after cleaning houses, bagging groceries, selling tacos, and more. Brody (My Life Undecided) makes her self-absorbed and snotty main character relatable—even likable—as she grows emotionally and gains insight into her father's actions. Though the plot, including a rich boy/regular boy love triangle, is often predictable, sharp writing and over-the-top scenes will appeal to readers looking for a fun summer read. Ages 12–up. Agent: Bill Contardi, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 September)

Gr 7 Up—Lexington Larabee has grown up getting everything she wants without lifting a finger. Then, she crashes her brand-new Mercedes convertible into a convenience store after a night of partying hard and everything changes. Her distant billionaire father decides to withhold the trust fund she's been counting on receiving on her 18th birthday until she has completed 52 menial jobs (cleaning houses, filling tacos, washing dishes, etc.), one each week for the next year. As if that isn't humiliating enough, he doesn't even administer this punishment himself. Instead, he appoints his college intern, Luke, to be Lexi's babysitter. He drives her to and from her jobs and assesses her progress. While the plot is predictable with the requisite romance and happy ending, the story has surprising charm. Lexi's growth is believable-as believable as it can be within the confines of the premise, anyway-and readers see the specific lessons she learns as she works. For example, after a week as a maid, she realizes that "no one notices the help," a lesson that she uses later in the book during a nail-biting undertaking of corporate espionage to help her father's company. Brody also delivers an occasional turn of phrase (Lexi describes her sleeping dog as "a perfect little doughnut of fur") that makes this book perhaps not a standout, but at least a better example of the bad-girl-turned-good narrative.—Gretchen Kolderup, New Canaan Library, CT

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