Review: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father

Author: Jessica Brody
  • Published: July 3, 2012
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 352 pages (Hardcover)
  • Source: Publisher
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

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.

~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

If you're looking for a book full of hilarity and are willing to watch an extremely unlikable main character grow into a smart, independent woman, this is the book for you! Full of humor, reality checks, and some romance on the side, Lexington's wonderfully entertaining sarcasm will keep you flipping pages.

This book focuses on a billionaires spoiled teenage daughter and her desire to get her 25 million dollar trust fund so she can get the hell out of dodge. She has no relationship with her family and was famous for being in tabloid trash. When she crashed her brand new car into a convenience store while driving drunk, her father finally had enough. he gave her a list of 52 undesirable minimum-wage jobs, one for every week in the year, and told her that she could only receive her trust fund if she followed through with every job at the end of the year. To make matters worse, Luke, her fathers stuffy intern, had to become her new babysitter.

 I was initially incredibly apprehensive of this book. In the beginning of the book, Lexi is incredibly unlikable. She's manipulative, spoiled, and unlikable. As the book progresses, her exterior deteriorates and we meet the true Lexi, the one who misses her mother and hates the fact that she has no relationship with her father. We watch her go from a heartless heiress to a truly likable and respectable human being. And let me tell you, her sarcasm makes the ride so worth it.

The characters in this book are wonderful. Just like the main character, we start off disliking a lot of them (her father and Bruce for example), but we quickly learn to love them because they all had to have tough exteriors to continue on with their lives, especially her father. Then there are some characters like Mendi who are so self-absorbed that you'll hate him for the entire duration of the novel. Even then, all characters are essential to the plot line and I did fall in love with quite a majority of them. They all made the book beyond enjoyable and kept me interested from the very first page.

All in all, I can only describe this book as fabulous. A reader is temporarily transported to a new world where the rich and famous party at clubs, run away from paparazzi, and get forced to work low-wage jobs while wearing ridiculous wigs to cover up their identities. And while the book progresses, Lexi learns the realities that average people, like us, experience as our everyday lives. It's fascinating and the moral of the story is incredibly sweet.

I would recommend this solid 4 star book to anyone who is looking for a hilarious, light read that wants to watch a character begin to truly understand the world for what it is while she learns that she isn't a loser, but a woman that is easily capable of succeeding at anything she puts her mind to.

I'm not the biggest fan of the cover, but I do think it was a smart choice. It easily shows the story that is on the inside of the novel and you can tell that Lexington has no desire to do any of the odd jobs that her father has assigned to her. Smart choice, but something seems off to me.

4 stars



  1. I love a book that can make me laugh as well as watching great character development.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. I also really enjoyed this book, awesome review! New follower :)
    Montana@The Book Belles

  3. I have this book but haven't had a chance to get to it yet but I'm so glad you liked it :)

  4. I am getting more excited about this book. I read a lot of darker, grittier reads, and sometimes it is so nice to read a fun, goofy fast paced story. This sounds like the perfect book for just such an occasion. And all of the reviews that I have read have been so positive!