Title: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: July 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
Lexington Larrabee is in for a rude awakening. After causing a huge "incident" one night, her father comes to the decision that his spoiled heiress daughter needs to start taking some responsibility for her actions. And so he tells her she must complete 52 jobs in 52 weeks, in order for her to get her trust fund- $25 million dollars. Lexi, who has never worked a day in her life also has a babysitter- her father's intern Luke who is watching over her and her jobs, making sure she completes them and hopefully learns something from them.
I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Lexi. There's only so much sympathy I have for a spoiled, million dollars heiress. But from the start, Brody does a wonderful job of making Lexi into a normal girl. A very spoiled, bratty and delusional girl, but a teenage girl nonetheless. And totally likeable!!! She can be sweet, thoughtful and has generally been neglected her entire life. Her father's minions and servants have been raising her from a very young age.
So already, while Lexi has everything materialistic, she doesn't have anything she actually needs.
Enter: the 52 jobs.
Under cover of disguise, Lexi works her way through donut maker, maid, flower delivery girl and more. Hilarious and light, it's easy to get behind Lexi as she makes new friends and gets a fresh sense of purpose. She becomes more confident, figuring out what she wants, what's important and who is important.
And there's Luke. Their friendship is so gradual and organic, it seemed that all of sudden they were friends. Or possibly more?
Her email updates on her progress are super funny and as Lexi transforms, so do others around her.
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy