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.
(Description from Goodreads)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I’ll admit, at first I couldn’t figure out why this book had a relatively decent rating on Goodreads.com, as I figured it would be a shallow book that didn’t really have much meaning to it. I mean, it’s a book about some spoiled rich girl who happens to have a father that is worth billions of dollars – how meaningful could that be? But it definitely proved me wrong.
In the very beginning of the book, I couldn’t stand Lexington (aka Lexi) and her selfish, spoiled brat ways. Nothing made her happier than money, drinking, and looking down on others. She threw fits constantly – even more so than typical 4 year olds do. Of course, I couldn’t really stand her father either. Richard Larrabee, though less vocal than his daughter, is the same in that he distances himself from everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, and only finds solace in his riches. The man is like an iceberg to everyone, including his own family. However, the man has been through quite a lot in his lifetime, though that isn’t truly uncovered until about 3/4s of the way through the book.
In a way, I thought the book was going to focus mostly on the 52 jobs, but as the book progresses, you soon realize that there is no way that all 52 jobs are going to be covered. In fact, Lexi only makes it up to job #20 before things shift for the most part toward what she is supposed to learn from this experience. Having never worked a day in her life, Lexi thinks her father’s requirement for earning access to her $25 million trust fund is absolutely barbaric. However, after much inner exploration of herself and having her eyes opened to how the other half lives, Lexi realizes that each job symbolizes something; her father wasn’t one to just select things at random anyway. Each job represents someone who has gone from rags to riches, starting from the bottom and working their way to the top; it was a true Cinderella story.
Then there was Luke, the intern to Richard Larrabee that served as Lexi’s “babysitter” during her time of carrying out each job. Lexi should have figured her father wasn’t going to just assume she would go to each job with a smile on her face; in fact, at one point, Lexi learns that there is a GPS in her phone and that there are cameras that her father has access to at each job (or at least the one where she works at a grocery store.) Lexi and Luke do not see eye-to-eye for the first few months, as Lexi can’t believe that she has to have this liaison around her every single day she goes to and from her jobs. Of course, like with any other YA novel, there’s always that little mix of tension and love between two characters…riiiight?
I think what bothered me about the book was how quick Lexi was to either let her anger get the best of her or how fast she was able to jump to conclusions. I suppose she learned over her eighteen years of life not to trust anyone, mostly because of how she was raised and how distant her father was to her. I flopped back and forth between feeling sorry for her and for wanting to smack some sense into her. Sure she was this poor girl who was obviously starved for attention and love from her family (as her mother died when she was really young and doesn’t exactly make a true mention in the book until about half way through), but quite honestly I feel she could have made the best of her situation. Though, I suppose she did in her own way by going to parties and throwing money around with her two friends, Jia and T, almost every night. And then there was Mendi, but we’re not going to even give him the time of day in this review.
52 Reasons to Hate My Father definitely portrayed a great and unique story that had so many elements to it. Not only was it about a spoiled, rich kid being taking down a peg or two through a reality check, but it was also a story about a torn father-daughter relationship that went through many trials and tribulations to make it to where it was at the end of the book. I actually teared up at one point during the whole father-daughter mending process. It felt incredibly real; way to go, Jessica Brody.
By the way, look at this super cute book trailer for 52 Reasons to Hate My Father – it’s really good!