Review: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

March 5, 2013

52 Reasons to Hate My FatherTitle: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: July 3, 2013
Genre: YA, Chick-Lit, Humour
Rating: 2/ 5 stars 
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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.
 Alright, I'll admit it. I got interested in the book mainly because of the cover. I mean, who wouldn't? I love pumps, and those gorgeous silver confections on the cover drew me towards them instantly. Well, that'll teach me not to judge a book by its cover. Because, in short, the book sucked.

The story has the potential to be so much better, which is why it gets me so mad that it isn't.

Lexington Larrabee is a heiress who's had everything handed to her in a silver platter. But she gets herself into embarrassing and 'bad publicity'-attracting incidents all the time. The last time she does it, driving her brand new Mercedes headlong into a drug store, her father puts down a mandate. Lexi has to take on 52 different daily-wage jobs for the next year, or else she wont get her trust fund.

I was really eager to know all the 52 jobs. I thought the author would mention all 52, and that would've been pretty impressive. But, she doesn't. Only 32 jobs are done by the end of the book, and of those, we read of Lexi's experiences of only a few. I think the author liked the concept of 52 jobs - a job a week, but couldn't really come up with that many jobs.

Lexi Larrabee is a spoilt kid. She's a drama queen with a slightly weird thinking process. And she's downright creepy in some places. Of all the jobs she's given, she thinks the one where she works in the graveyard(!) is fun! She TALKS to the dead bodies. And I mean whole conversations. It's creepy. But  that's it. She's not a real spoilt brat, if you know what I mean. Proud, sharp-as-a-knife tongue, superficial, etc., etc. I would've liked someone like Blair from Gossip Girl or Sophie Price from Vain. Lexi's turnabout is so quick and easy, that is neither convincing nor realistic.

Another issue I had was the way the author handled the father's issue. He's depressed and grieving for his wife, so he goes around marrying random women every 3 years. Really? And Lexi supposedly 'understands' all this once she is hit by a bolt of lightning and realises that her father is grieving. So what? If you're grieving, then it's totally fine to go around doing crappy stuff? Nuh uh.

And the romance between Lexi and Luke was SO UNNECESSARY! They work so much better as friends. There's this camaraderie and sharp banter between them that's so enjoyable. I didn't feel any spars between the two, and the fact that this was introduced towards the end of the story without any build up at all leads me to think that maybe the author felt the same too? It all felt very, very wrong, and not natural in the least. One thing, books do not always have to have romance or love in it. I've read great books which do not have romance at all. I know that's what sells, but I feel if the book is good enough, it shouldn't matter.

Overall, 52 Reasons To Hate My Father has the potential to be a great book, but falls way short.

P.S.: A lot of people seem to like this book, and have given it high ratings. Am I the odd one out?