Humorous and Captivating: A Review of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

52 Reasons to Hate My Father 
Jessica Brody
335 pages
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux 
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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.

  Famous Lexington Larrabee never had to work a day in her partying life. But all that is about to change when her usually-absent father decides to make a turn in Lexi’s life.

  Now if she ever wants to earn her beloved fund of twenty-five million bucks, Lexi has to work one differnet job every week for the next year. Not only does she have to clean house, stables, and dig graves – she has to deal with the annoying and arrogant Luke Carver, the college intern her dad assigned to make she does the jobs right.

  I loved the way Jessica Brody started and ended this story. The book had a lot of humor in it. I felt alot of different emotions toward Lexi. When I wasn’t laughing at (or with) her, I’d feel sorry for her and other times annoyed. I really liked her older brother, Cooper and a boy she met at one of her jobs, Rolando, they were both kind and understanding. I have to admit that sometimes Bruce – Richard’s (Lexi’s dad) personal lawyer – got on my nerves.

  Jessica Brody’s writing is captivating and flowing making her story alive. With the bursts of humor – this story was just the book I was looking for. I loved how much Lexi’s personality changed towards the end of the book.

  Though I’m not amazed by the cover, the story was just awesome. I can’t wait for more by Jessica Brody and it would be kind of cool to read about Lexi’s remaining jobs.

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August 2, 2012



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    Kapri (Book Fanatics)

    August 3, 2012

    This book looks really cute and funny! I can't wait to read it. Glad you liked it!

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    August 3, 2012

    Oh I really want to read this book as in .. right now!!! I'm kind of surprised I didn't see it around more , but your review truly convinced me:-) and I actually think the cover is kind of cute :)

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    ashelynn hetland

    August 3, 2012

    I am so curious about this book, so I'm glad you loved it, Asma. I should definitely check it out…

    great review!

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    August 3, 2012

    This sounds like a really fun book. Thanks for the awesome review! I have been wanting to read this one, but hadn't heard too much about it.

    Amy @ Book Loving Mom

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    beth dean

    August 3, 2012

    The cover made me instantly put it down, I thought the humour would be too produced but then again I might just give it a go. Great Review :)

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    August 3, 2012

    I haven't been that motivated to pick up my copy of this one, but I am in serious need of a book with some humor in it that is well-written so this may be the book for me. :) Awesome review, Asma!

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    Dazzling Mage

    August 4, 2012

    I'm glad you loved it, and now I really want to read it too! Nice review!

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    Danielle West

    August 4, 2012

    I will have to pick this one up!

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    August 4, 2012

    I'm not a huge fan of the cover either, but I'm excited to be participating in a blog tour for this book. I'm really glad you enjoyed it because I know some people haven't. I can't wait for it to come in the mail and happy reading. (:

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    Christina Kit.

    August 4, 2012

    Looks like a great read – the fact that you felt all these different emotions along with Lexi shows the writing was awesome.

    Great review:)

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    Zemira Djedović

    August 5, 2012

    I need to read this book. It sounds so funny.

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    A Backwards Story

    August 5, 2012

    Agreed. The cover was meh, but LOVE Jessica Brody!!

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    Rachel at thejeepdiva

    August 6, 2012

    I am not a fan of the cover either but the book does sound good. Thanks for the review.

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    The Book Belles

    August 9, 2012

    I also really loved the book! I did like the cover :)

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    Alyssa Susanna

    August 12, 2012

    I haven't read anything by Jessica Brody, but I have to say, for a contemporary novel, this book looks really good! I used to not be a big fan of the contemporary genre, but now I'm all over it. There are some really good ones out there, like Pushing the Limits, Beautiful Disaster, and Easy. Plus, I love this book's trailer. THis trailer is second only to Struck's trailer (EPIC!!!!). I'll be getting my copy soon! Thanks for the review!!!

    Alyssa Susanna <3

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    August 20, 2012

    I'm so excited for this read. I really enjoyed The Karma Club and have been wanting to read more from this author. Sounds like a really promising read!

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    Jolene and Family

    August 24, 2012

    I so want to get my hands on this book! It sounds like such a cute, fun story and I really need something uplifting right now. I have yet to read anything by this author but I've heard really good things. Great review, can't wait to read this

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    September 14, 2012

    So glad I found this review. 52 reasons to hate my father is on my October TBR list so I am very excited to read it .<3

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    September 25, 2012

    This sounds amazing and like a blast! I'm already excited and you review furthers my point that I must get my hands on a copy soon. I've yet to read a book by Jessica Brody but I think this would be the perfect book to start with. Great review :)

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    October 13, 2012

    I loved the book trailer especially the love interest- very cute! My only problem is that Lexi looks different on the dust jacket than she does in the trailer.

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    October 26, 2012

    I hate to say this but I wasn't going to read this based on the cover. I know horrible of me. Your review has changed my mind. I will give this book a try.

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    Lena Anne

    November 5, 2012

    I LOVE this book! It's so flipping funny! So glad you loved the book as much as I did. :-)

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    November 7, 2012

    I had passed this book up by the cover. But, now that I read your review, I will have to put it on my tbr list. I love humour and a good challenge of work ethics.

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    Jaime Lester

    November 13, 2012

    I went into this book expecting a cute and funny story that would be in my head and back out in a few days. But now, a few weeks after I finished it up, I can still remember this book clear as day. I absolutely loved this one. It had such heart, and emotion and some awesome lessons to be learned. The characters all showed personal growth which is a huge plus for me. I cannot wait to read another book by Jessica Brody. I have no doubt that it will be so good!

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    November 16, 2012

    This sorta reminds me of the Simple Life with Paris and Nicole. Seems a bit vapid for my taste. I think I'll look through your reviews and find something more to my taste.

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    December 9, 2012

    Nice review. Sounds like a good book.

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    Sara H.

    February 6, 2013

    This book is on sale on the Nook right now. I wasn't sure about it but I think I will give it a try! Thanks for the great review!

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    February 18, 2013

    This sounds like so much fun! Reminds me of The Simple Life which used to crack me up. Paris Hilton trying to figure out how to work a microwave and vacuum! LOL Sounds like a good lesson. It is important to appreciate what you have. Also I would do anything for 25 million!!! I'll work any crappy job!!!! LOL