This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer shares a newer teen title, The Haters, by Jesse Andrews.

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Esha C., Teen Reviewer



Book Title: The Haters

Author: Jesse Andrews

Format: Book

Year Of Publication: 2016

Who Will This Book Appeal To: Readers who enjoy books by John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Jandy Nelson.

Rating: 4/5 stars


Jesse Andrews’s The Haters is a book about two music lovers, Wes and Corey, who manage to find a way to hate all of the music they like. In the novel the two haters find themselves in an excessively sucky jazz camp, and after meeting the amazing, groundbreaking, and possibly even-bigger-hater, Ash Ramos, the boys decide to leave Jazz camp with Ash to start a band. Throughout the novel the band plays terrible gigs, wonderful gigs, meets some insane people, and most importantly, they find their sound. By the end of the novel Wes, Ash, and Corey have all delved deep into the insecurities of their pasts, and question what made them Haters to begin with.

I personally loved this novel; the plot was easy to follow, the characters and scenes were super funny, and the music/band references made the book really relatable. I would recommend this book to people who have read other Jesse Andrews books or people who like John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Jandy Nelson, etc. (There is no material in the book that would make anyone want to stop reading or uncomfortable.)