Friday, July 16, 2010

Haters by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Author: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Reading level: Young Adult
Publisher: Poppy

Rated 6/10

From the fist day at her new Southern California high school, Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta ("Paski") learns that the popular students may be diverse in ethnicity but are alike in their cruelty. While Paski tries to concentrate on mountain biking and not thinking too much about ultra-hot Chris Cabrera, she is troubled by the beautiful and wicked Jessica Nguyen. Her at Aliso Niguel High, money is everything and the Haters rule.
I honestly can't say I like this book all the way. Don't get me wrong the story is sweet and funny and some of the characters like Paski's dad grows on you. What made me not love this book is the fact the author tries to add politics to the mix, which have nothing to do with the story whatsoever. I will give you some examples that kind of got on my nerves. On page 210, "-because I love you, and I want you to be informed and protected out there. It's what any good liberal parent would do.-" Why she had to add liberal parent I do not know. She should have just wrote that's what any good parent would do. Is she trying to tell us if you're not a liberal then you are not a good parent, or that if you're not a libreal you wouldn't want to teach your child how to protect themselves during sex? On page 255 "Not that I have anything against your other friends," says Haley's mom. "Well, it's just that sometimes we get a little tired of the whole young-Republicans-convention vibe at your school baby doll," says her dad. Is she trying to tell us all Republicans are like the kids who drink, do drugs, and slip date rape drugs into drinks? Is she trying to tell us Republicans are evil like Jessica and stupid like Brianna? That's sure what it sounds like to me. Then there are also a couple instances where she makes fun of fat people in this book, doesn't she realize there are gonna be overweight girls that read this and be offended and feel already worse about themselves then they already do? People when writing books for young adults should think about things like that. Also I didn't really like how the book ended, it was too unbelievable and cliche.

Paski lives with her single dad who has gotten a job in California and is moving her away from the home in New Mexico, friends,and family she's known her whole life. Paski soon learns what her new school is all about and how mean popular people can truly be, she also finds love and acceptance with different kinds of people. Paski  realizes she should use her gift to help people instead of just trying to ignore it, because if she doesn't bad things can happen to many different people.

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