Monday 7 January 2013

52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

From Goodreads: 

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.

As soon as I say the trailer for this I knew I had to read it. If anyone remembers a film in the 80’s called Maid to Order, this is what came to mind (just with a teen and no magic or fairy godmother!) It’s the first book by Jessica Brody I had read – but I picked up two of her others as soon as I’d finished this. Yes, it’s that good!

Lexington (aka Lexi) is a complete spoiled brat at the beginning of this book. She thinks nothing of the damage she causes when she crashes her brand new Mercedes into a convience story – she just expects are father to sort it out. Which he does - if in a very cold and distant way! But he also comes up with a plan to make Lexi see that she can’t keep behaving the way she is. In order to get the cheque to her sizable trust fund she has to take on a low-wage job each week for the next year.

This is such a fun, and heartwarming story. I loved Lexi (even in the beginning when she was being a complete brat she managed to do it in such a way I couldn’t help but smile at her!) – and she definitely goes on a journey in this. Seeing her attempt all the different jobs is hilarious – especially in the beginning. . And over the course of the story you are given an explanation for why she behaves in the way she does, and while I’m sure she could have handled things differently, you understand why she was the person she was – and how much her father wanted to help her even if doesn’t show it.

I also loved the banter she has with Luke. He was such a great character – and you can see how these two are going to end up liking each other! I loved seeing their relationship develop.

I really love Jessica Brody’s books – I love how accessible her writing is and how easily she gets into the heads of her characters and lets them grow. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!


Michelle Fluttering Butterflies said...

You know, the cover for this book kind of puts me off, so I very nearly skipped your review. But something about it caught my eye and now that I've read it, I'm really curious about it!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds really good fun. I'm worried that I'd really hate Lexi though - I don't seem to connect to characters like though very often.

Amber (Books of Amber) said...

I love the sound of this one! I've been wanting to read it for a while now, and you've just revitalised my interest in it! Great review :D

Dazzling Mage said...

It kind of reminds me of Clueless the Movie, but with a meaner character, and different story forget I said that. =p

Anyway, I know I have to read it this year!


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