Confessions of a Hater

By Caprice Crane
Published on August 27th 2013
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Publisher
Mean girls are always the haters - Right?

Hailey Harper has always felt invisible. Now her dad has a new job and the family is moving to Hollywood. Just what Hailey needs: starting a new high school.

As she's packing, Hailey finds a journal that belonged to her older sister, Noel, who is away at college. Called "How to Be a Hater," it's full of info Hailey can really use. Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Will it help her reinvent herself at her new school? Will her crush notice her? Will she and the other Invisibles dethrone the popular mean girls? After all, they deserve it. Don't they?

Caprice Crane's funny--and deeply felt--observations about high school, bullies, popularity, friendship, and romance will leave teens thinking...and talking.
Crystalee's review....

At first, I felt like I could relate to Hailey. She was a loser at school, picked on by one of the popular girls. When her family moved to Hollywood, she hoped it would be an opportunity to start over. She had her sister Noel’s diary, “How to Be a Hater” as her guide, and intentions to fit in at her new school. It was the classic tale of an underdog taking charge of her life.

Even Noel’s diary seemed innocent enough at first. I found it sarcastic but also full of truths that only the “popular” girls seem to know in high school. But my opinion of Hailey changed as she started using the diary to gain popularity at school. Sure, eventually she learned who her true friends were, but not until a whole bunch of nasty, catty, and even illegal, activities took place.

Okay, so high school girls can be mean. I get that. But Hailey took her meanness to a level where I just couldn’t feel bad for her anymore. When her world started falling apart, she really didn’t have anyone to blame but herself. I hate not being able to sympathize with a main character. I tried so badly, but just couldn’t. She lost me completely around the time she started to admit that she was being a “bitch”, but didn’t do anything to change her attitude.

Here’s the kicker: once she realized she had thoroughly screwed up her life, she set out to fix it by doing something totally illegal (spoiler, sorry, but it really bothers me) . . . and got away with it! Ugh.

Still, I was invested in Hailey and wanted to see her grow and succeed. She had a fun, true-to-life teenage girl voice. I was disappointed that she never seemed to show any growth or learn any lessons. In fact, she got almost everything she wanted despite the fact that she humiliated other students and broke the law.

I had high hopes for this book because I know what it is like to be an “Invisible” like Hailey and her friends, but Hailey just didn’t seem like a realistic, or relatable, character after she got her hands on her sister’s diary.

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