I received a free copy of The Haters through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions about this book are my own.
Book: The Haters
Author: Jesse Andrews
Publisher: ABRAMS Kids (A division of Amulet Books)
Release Date: April 5, 2016
If you've ever heard of or read the book Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, then you are already familiar with author Jesse Andrews. His new book, The Haters, is coming out this year, and if you're a teenage boy, or you know a teenage boy, or you just love funny books geared towards teens, then this is a book you will have to read! Add it to your TBR pile right now.
I was intrigued by the premise of The Haters - two friends go to jazz band camp, where the meet a girl (!!!). The three of them leave jazz camp to embark on a crazy tour adventure and chaos ensues.
The trio around which this book revolves are Wes, Corey, and Ash. Wes has parents who stopped worrying about him years ago because he never gets into any trouble. Corey has parents who worry way to much. And Ash has a billionaire dad who lives in another city, and an aging model mom who goes out with new guys every night and spends a lot of time drinking. Corey and Wes have been friends for years, and when they meet Ash at camp, the are fascinated by her. She is the mastermind behind them deciding to leave camp and go on tour.
I can barely put into words how much I enjoyed this book - it was a laughfest from beginning to end. When Wes describes himself and Corey as "jazz-nerd chaff," and the worst of the best, I felt bad for them, but also giggled a little. The descriptions of the tryouts and the way people reacted to Wes and Corey when they got put into the "loser" band were hilarious. I could imagine their friend just backing away from them like they had just announced they were going to become Hannibal Lector.
It was great that all the characters have their own very defined personalities. There was no worry with this book that the characters would blend together. They all had their own voices. The story moved smoothly as well - everything just seemed to fit together. I think the language was spot on for how teen boys talk. I appreciate that the author doesn't dumb things down or try to make it seem like teenage boys don't swear or talk about girls. (The boys in the book are 17 after all.) The only thing I had to sort of steel myself against was how much Wes and Corey talked about their dicks. Other than that, it was all around fantastic.
I think the ending was believable as well - don't worry I won't tell you what happened. But it all makes sense and fits in well with the rest of the novel. The book gets 4.5 stars from me - believe me, you'll want to read this one as soon as it comes out!