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Confessions of a Hater

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Frank, clever, mean-girl tale has mature content.

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Calling all misfits and outcasts: CONFESSIONS OF A HATER is a dream for anyone who wished she'd had a secret handbook to transform from a nobody to a somebody. Only to walk away, of course, when she realized the cool crowd wasn't really that cool -- and then go start her own cool crowd. Though the premise is a bit of a stretch, the dilemmas and concerns here are as old as time -- or, at least, as old as the invention of the teenager -- and this book confronts them all: the cliques, the popularity contests, the embarrassments, the struggles with identity, and the endless battles over appearance. It's all told in a really funny insider voice that seems to get it.

Parents, however, may take issue: There's a very mature voice here, one that cusses up a storm, casually breaks the rules (and a handful of laws), experiments with (oral) sex and alcohol use. To say nothing of characters dotted throughout who joke about weed or shoplift clothes. There's a teen pregnancy that nearly undoes a girl, and another who will come undone over her affection for snorting Adderall. That said, the narrator's self awareness, intelligence, compassion, and desire to be a good person frames this foray, and the lessons she learns about the price of revenge are poignant.

Book Details

  • Author: Caprice Crane
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship, High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
  • Publication date: August 27, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: August 7, 2022

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