Parents' Guide to

The Haters

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fun band road-trip story, but crass humor wears thin.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+


Mad dope

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

The humor isn't for everyone

But if you like crass, crude, and uncomfortable humor, this is the book for you. Like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, there's not one you'd label as a particularly good role model, but I was happy to see positive relationships between certain friends and family.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (6):

The band bonding is realistic and heartfelt in this tale that traces the ups and downs of life on the road in a funny, raunchy fashion. The three bandmates' joy in playing music together and creating their own sound makes for exciting reading. We see the good and bad of trying to be creative partners while spending every minute together. The characters see each other at their best and worst and deal with their egos, creative differences, and gross smells. Some of the running dialogue among them is hilarious at first, but as the book progresses, the banter gets old.

Author Jesse Andrews accurately captures the arrogance of youth: The kids hate everything that isn't hip and cool. They do learn lessons about the dangers of such arrogance and that it's OK to admit some things are cool or worthwhile. Even though this is a road trip tale, the story lacks urgency. It meanders along as the kids do, with no real end game in sight. The ultimate messages about responsibility, compromise, and self-reliance are well delivered, but it takes the reader some work to get there.

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