Year 11, Book 5

5. The Haters by Jesse Andrews

This book is by the same author as the acclaimed “Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl”. I never read that book nor saw the movie it was based on but since they both seemed pretty popular I decided to check this book out when I got access to an advanced reader’s copy. Wes and his best friend Corey attend jazz band camp where they hook up with a girl named Ash who convinces them to ditch camp and head out on the road as an actual band where they have a series of adventures and misadventures as they try to scrounge up gigs traveling around the country for a few weeks.

I pretty much have to say that I’m over the sort of magic pixie dream girl (but who turns out to have some flawed existence leading to her acting like that) fueled boy fantasy YA novels, and I even hate the term manic pixie dream girl. That’s pretty much what this book is. If you’re still interested in that kind of story then this might interest you. If not then stay away. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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