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Review: The Haters

Jesse Andrews - The Haters
Expected publication: April 5, 2016 by Amulet Books
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2/5

From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.

Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.

In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best.


Wes, Corey, and Ash are best friends and members of a mostly untalented band. They also happen to be Kool & The Gang junkies. Good for them, right? Well, Wes and Corey are, at least. After meeting at jazz camp one summer, they decide to roadtrip to promote their snazzy jazzy band and officially kickstart "The Haters / Summer of Hate: World Tour."

I hadn't had high expectations for this. Hence, the reviews. People were quite harsh. There are numerous dick and dog jokes, which are sometimes grossly combined, so I watched my ARC and sighed.

But honestly, if you were to ignore them - really, there aren't too many - you have a semi-decent book underneath. The book is surprisingly hilarious. Like I said, ignore the grosser jokes and you have a semi-funny book. I did find myself with the occasional LOL. It's also surprisingly intense.

However, I wasn't too big a fan of Ash and Corey. Corey was disgusting. I think Jesse Andrews wanted us to sympathize with him with the whole: "His sister was born premature and they can barely afford vacations." But does that give you any right to act like such a pig on the daily? Also, Ash was so freakish. Wes loses his virginity on the trip and she watches? Why didn't you go outside? Ugh, all the grossness.

And the formatting sucks. Sometimes, it'd be written normally. Other times, we'd have this:

WES: corey
WES: we're here man
WES: hey corey
WES: corey

Surprisingly, I was fond of the ending. Because thankfully, we had the chance to say bye to Ash. Hopefully, for good. If you're looking for the occasional smile laugh, here's your book!


  1. Wait- the dog jokes and the dick jokes are sometimes the SAME jokes? That sounds... awful. Especially because it sounds like it could have actually been decent without such things. Because look, I am not a 12 year old boy, so animal/penis jokes are never going to be amusing. And also, I do not like annoying formats. And Ash sounds VERY weird. I almost want to read it to figure out WHY someone would do this? (No, not worth it? Hhaha) Great review!

    1. God, YES. Some of this book's humor is torture & some of it is surprisingly. Then, there's a surprisingly heartwarming moment. I KNOW. It's painfully funny (?) if that makes sense. It's seriously an interesting read. I'd almost recommend it! haha.


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