Synopses & Reviews
Who wants to move during high school? Certainly not Hailey Harper, whose father has a new job in L.A. Leaving New York is daunting enough, but especially for Hailey, whos always felt invisible at school. Shes pretty, she has friends, she likes art—but she isnt in the popular crowd.
As Hailey is packing for the move, she finds a journal belonging to her older sister, whos away at college. The journal is called “How to Be a Hater.” Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Quite possibly.
Armed with the journal and her sisters hand-me-down skinny jeans and ballet flats, Hailey takes on a whole new persona for her first week at West Hollywood High, and is quickly noticed by Skyler and her crew, the most popular girls at school. It doesnt take long for Skyler to decide Hailey is an asset to the group. And it doesnt take Hailey long to realize this group of girls is mean, mean, mean. She quickly sheds her hater persona and makes new friends, girls who are deemed unacceptable by Skyler. Soon, Hailey and her group are plotting to dethrone Skyler and give her a “taste of her own meds.”
With the journal and their own creativity, Hailey and her friends grow stronger. Skylers ex even falls for Hailey. But what she doesnt bargain for is how good being a hater feels. Skyler deserves it, doesnt she?
"Life takes a dramatic turn for 15-year-old Hailey Harper, who is used to feeling 'Ugly, uninformed and completely lost in a world where superficial bitches reigned supreme,' when her family's cross-country move to Hollywood coincides with the discovery of her 'perfect' older sister's diary, 'How to Be a Hater.' Using its snarky advice as a 'roadmap to cool,' Hailey infiltrates her new school's popular clique, then ditches them to form her own group of quirky, artistic 'Invisibles.' Adult author Crane's first YA novel dives into the world of teenage nastiness, exacerbated by near-instant replays on social media, as rival groups seek to outdo each other's increasingly cruel pranks. Hailey's conversational, humorous narrative voice persuasively conveys the inner struggles of a girl trying to find her place in the world, while simultaneously building apprehension as her distorted reasoning and actions threaten to betray her core values and real friends. With a personable protagonist and cast of complex supporting characters, Crane's enjoyable, suspenseful coming-of-age novel captures the thrills, chills, highs, and lows of high school. Ages 13 up. Agent: Alanna Ramirez, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"With a personable protagonist and cast of complex supporting characters, Cranes enjoyable, suspenseful coming-of-age novel captures the thrills, chills, highs, and lows of high school."--Publishers Weekly
“Even for adults looking back, theres a certain comfort in the dissection of the mean girl enterprise and the kind of empowerment in seeing a new generation rebel against it. The questions Crane . . . address[es] dont get answered neatly and tied up with a bow upon graduation, and perhaps thats why [the novel is] so enjoyable even to those whove crossed that threshold.” —The New York Times
“A winning hybrid of Mean Girls, Revenge of the Nerds and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Expertly disguised beneath layers of snark and humor is an earnest challenge to the prevailing assumption that settling scores is always justified.” —Postmedia News
“A poignant, hilarious, and always-realistic portrait of teen angst and high school bullying. In Hailey Harper, Caprice Crane has created another heroine worth rooting for, along with a colorful supporting cast and a few mean girls that readers will love to hate. Dont miss this fresh and funny coming-of-age story!” —Emily Giffin, national bestselling author of Where We Belong and Something Borrowed
“From the first page of Confessions of a Hater, you are magically transported back to the halls of high school, no matter which clique you fell into. Popular, underdog, or other, you will have a character to identify with. Not only is this book laugh-out-loud funny, it packs a punch with a very important message. One of the things I love most about Caprice Cranes writing style is you always feel like youre getting to read a book written by one of your best friends.” —Ashley Fink, cast of Glee
“An entertaining, honest, and humorous expression of a deeper truth that we all need to be more understanding of one another. A must-read for every girl in high school.” —Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue
“If laughter is the best medicine, then Caprice Cranes Confessions of a Hater can cure anything. This book is hilarious, snarky, and fun, fun, FUN! Hailey is a fresh, witty character teens will love, hate, and love all over again.” —Jessica Brody, author of The Karma Club and Unremembered
“With a personable protagonist and cast of complex supporting characters, Cranes enjoyable, suspenseful coming-of-age novel captures the thrills, chills, highs, and lows of high school.” —Publishers Weekly
“Girls who love books about the social pecking order will gravitate to Haileys search for authenticity.” —Booklist
“In this funny story of pranks and mean-girl antics, Hailey Harper is on her way to becoming the Queen Bee of mean-even if she doesnt realize it. . . . This is a solid recommendation for those whod like a glimpse into the life of a Hollywood hater.” —School Library Journal
High school was pretty much like this huge party I wasnt actually invited to, but I still had to show up to every day.
Hailey Harper has always felt invisible. Now her dad has a new job and the family is moving to Hollywood. Just what Hailey needs: to start a new high school.
As shes packing, Hailey finds a journal that belonged to her older sister, Noel, who is away at college. Called “How to be a Hater,” its full of info Hailey can really use. Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Will it help her reinvent herself at her new school? Will her crush notice her? Will she and the other Invisibles dethrone the popular mean girls? After all, they deserve it. Dont they?
In Confessions of a Hater, Caprice Cranes funny—and deeply felt—observations about high school, bullies, popularity, friendship, and romance will leave teens thinking . . . and talking.
About the Author
Caprice Crane is the author of several novels for adults, including Stupid and Contagious and With a Little Luck. She was born in Hollywood but dont hold that against her. She doesnt go wandering around with a tiny dog in her purse. Her mother, renowned film, television, and stage actress Tina Louise, is perhaps best known as Ginger Grant from the beloved sitcom Gilligans Island. Her father is former talk-show host and Grammy winner Les Crane. Caprice has worked for MTV Networks as a writer and producer, and has been a music supervisor for film and TV. Her screenwriting credits include 90210 (2008-13) and the movie Love Wedding Marriage. She divides her time between New York City and L.A.