I received this book at no cost from the publisherThe Haters by Jesse Andrews
Published by Amulet Books on April 5th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Friendship, Humorous Stories, Music, Young Adult
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.
Quick Summary: Three teens meet at band camp and go on the road trip of a lifetime to find the meaning of life that is hilarious and sweet and weird.
Corey and Wes are pretty much typical jazz band nerds, not quite good enough for the total package but solid enough to at least not embarrass themselves. They make tons of inappropriate dick jokes that are typical of 15 year old guys. They are insecure and weird but they know music. Every little thing you could possibly image about it. The two have incredible dreams about making it as musicians but unfortunately reality doesn’t agree.
Ash (Ashley) is one of the few girls at band camp and she is almost stranger than Corey and Wes put together. All threes wish they had each other’s parents. After an epic day of getting kicked out of band camp, the three decide that they can make music better together, so Ash takes them on the road trip of a lifetime. The trip makes them grow up more than anything any of them could possibly imagine. It is really fun read full of music and life lessons.
I really enjoyed this one although some might find it over the top. Each voice is strong and solid with lots of sarcasm. They each face family issues that they seem to work out together. Ashley was the hardest character to connect with and I really wanted to yell “Wayne’s World” at the boys’ interactions. Parents: this one is best for mature teens because of drug/alcohol mentions, a bit of violence and language.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jesse Andrews’s debut novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, was published to critical acclaim and starred reviews. His adaptation of the book for the big screen won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Jesse is also a musician and screenwriter. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit Jesse at www.jesseandrews.com.
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