52 Reasons to Hate My Father – Jessica Brody

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Author: Jessica Brody

Rating: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

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.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

I saw this on my friend Emma’s blog to begin with. After reading the summary, I went and got an e-copy on my iPad to read in the Kindle App while I was on vacation. Surprisingly, I finished it all last week in between sight-seeing and riding on hearses in Savannah. I was legitimately surprised how much I actually liked it, despite that for a good portion of the book, Lexi is a spoiled rich heiress who needs a slap to the face.

All her life, she’s been giving everything shes wanted and more, and takes all of it for granted and more. When she crashes her 500k Mercedes into a convenient store while intoxicated, her father has had enough and forges a contract – either she does all 52 jobs he’s listed, or forfeits her 25 mil trust fund and lives her life like the rest of us. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she’s hired a babysitter – nay, liaison – to make sure she gets to the job and back and reports to him after every job.

At first, Lexi is totally against the idea, trying to get out of it in any way possible. But as the weeks past by, she begins to realize things she’s never considered but many of us face with all-too clarity. You mean you have to actually work everyday to make a meager amount of money? Yup.  If only someone had taken Jessica Brody’s idea and fashioned it to the spoiled heiresses like Paris Hilton, the world would be a little better.

Don’t expect to like Lexi for most of the book. She’s a spoiled brat and if she were real, I’d like nothing better to smack her. And I’m not a violent person. No, really. I’m remarkably good natured. Catch me on days that don’t end in Y.

However, Lexi does change. It’s hardly noticeable for a long, but she does. Her character development is astounding. There’s even romance, although I didn’t care for it much and liked the actual storyline.

All in all, fifty-two reasons was a great contemporary novel, and I’d definitely recommend it.

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