52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody
- ISBN-13: 9780374323035
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Publication date: 7/3/2012
- Pages: 352
- Source: Purchased
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job…but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never had 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 Boulevard either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth 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 Jessica Brody’s 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 fifty-two reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.
I will say that by the cover alone this is probably not a book that I would have picked up but the book trailer for it made me very curious so I decided to give it a good. And I am glad that I did because I really enjoyed the story, more I enjoyed the evolution of Lexi, from this rotten brat to someone I would like to get to know. I thought that I was going to have a really hard time connecting with the main character, Lexi, because well how could I relate to a girl who has a twenty-five million dollar trust fund and had just crashed her special order car into a store front due to drinking and she is not yet eighteen years old. Well, somehow through her growth and learning lessons along the way she became a real person.
The book starts with the scene described above and Lexi’s father decides that in order for her to get her trust fund she has to preform 52 jobs, one a week, for the year. If at any point she chooses to quit, she loses her trust fund. What makes it even worse, he hires an intern to well babysit her through all of these jobs and make sure that she actually complies to doing them since he know that she will try to bribe her way out of everything, despite the fact that he has taken everything away and given her a very minimal allowance. I really felt in the beginning that Lexi was just a spoiled brat but as the book unfolds there is so much more to this young girl, she has been through her fair share of loss, heartbreak, and loneliness. I ended up really liking her and getting to know her.
The jobs she is to do are all very normal things like working in a grocery story, working as a maid, cleaning horse stalls, and working in a fast food joint. All things that normal teenagers do but that Lexi viewed as below her. These jobs make for some very comical scenes and were a high point in the book. So combine these with the outstanding cast of character and you have one interesting story.
Luke, the intern that was hired to babysit Lexi, was probably my favorite character in the book. He seems to be this uptight college boy, who’s idol is Lexi’s father, and he wants to impress him. Along the way, he starts to loosen up and the relationship with Lexi changes. I was not expecting this twist in the book and really found this character to be so much more than what I expected him to be in a very good way.
Overall, Jessica Brody writes in a well balanced and fun manner that left me looking up more of her books because I enjoyed her writing style so much. She has a talent for bring a little bit of every emotion out in a book and makes you feel them along with the characters. I figured it would be all fluff but it was way more than that.