Saturday, January 05, 2013

Review: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father

Author: Jessica Brody

Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Pages: 352

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Date of Release: July 3, 2012

Rating: 10/10

Summary: 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 eighteen 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.

Review: Another funny, no HILARIOUS book I have read this summer. I loved how it was the spoiled-brat gets in trouble with daddy book. Because it always ends with the spoiled brat learning that she was wrong and there are better things in life than spending the cha-ching.

Lexington is so funny. Even though she is portrayed as the "spoiled-brat" she has the sense about what is right and what is wrong. And when she meets Luke, it's like BAM! There is so much electricity in between them, it's amazing how they didn't get together earlier. I also found it very hot that he was her bodyguard. I mean wouldn't you want a sexy bodyguard??? Anyways, I loved Luke's character. He was the typical guy who thought Lexi was a spoiled brat and he was better than her. Lexi thought likewise. In the end they went together like the moon and the sun. yum. Another thing that I thought was so adorable was that she helped him pick out clothes! If a guy you like has no fashion sense, that's how you make a move! Just go up to him and be like, "Who wanna go shopping together?" Do the hair twirling, it's cute. Also remember to bat your eyelashes. But not like your having a seizure or something. Flirting 101 brought to you by Sunshine!

Lexi and her dad have such a unique relationship. They love each other but they don't know how to express their emotions. Since Lexi's father was isolated from Lexi ever since his wife died they didn't establish a very good father-duaghter relationship. I guess it didn't help with him going around getting married. It was interesting following Lexi through her discovery of what really happened to her mom and why her father reacted to her car crash the way he did.

On that note, Lexi's dad is awesome. I wish my mom made me work a week at a different job every week. That sounds like fun. That element of the story really brings the book together. Every job she went to, Lexi learned something new and it rounded out her character. She saw herself and everyone in a new way and it made a better person. She saved her dad from making a mistake and got her relationship with her dad off the floor. On the plus side, she got Luke as her boyfriend! Even though, Lexi had to learn the horrible truth about her mother it brought things into light.

In the end, I was a mix of purple fuzzies*. I was sad to put the book down! So I suggest all of you out there that like hot bodygaurds to get this book. Yes, I'm looking at you. And since I absolutely loved every inch of this book I am putting three quotes below. Yes, THREE quotes.

 “Because apart we might be as different as night and day, black and white,
right and wrong, but together we create two sides of a whole.
Together we balance.”              

   “New languages are not something you can pick up overnight. They take time. Patience. The willingness to change the way you think about what you already know.”            

  “People can be so annoying sometimes. With all their stupid opinions and hidden agendas. But dogs? Dogs don’t have any agendas. They’re as honest and open and devoted as you can get. And that’s why they’ll always cheer you up. They’ll always love you. No matter how badly you screw up.”             

*Purple Fuzzies: Any feeling/emotion that makes you feel all gooey inside. Or if you say your sending purple fuzzies to someone you are sending them good wishes/prayers. My big sis and I say that we send purple fuzzies to each other a lot:)


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