Thursday, February 21, 2013

52 Reasons to Hate my Father

52 Reasons to Hate My Father Jessica Brody

Lexington Larrabee has just crashed her $500,000 custom-built Mercedes into a convenience store. She's a spoiled brat and her father decides that if she wants that $25mil trust fund, it's time she got a job. He picks 52 different minimum wage jobs and she has to work each one for a week.

Of course, Daddy can't be bothered to see if she does them-- that's what he has Luke the intern for. Just like Bruce the lawyer and Caroline the PR head tell her all the family news. And the gardener and butler and nannies are the ones who actually raised her.

Lexi has heard her father say that he loves her 4 times-- all on TV, and none actually to her. She may be a spoiled brat that the tabloids love, but she's also deeply lonely and it's very easy to see why she's so troubled.

Overall the book is just really well done-- it's a funny and quick read, but Lexi's character development is paced just right-- it doesn't happen overnight and it's fun to see what jobs she really takes to, once she gets her head in the game. It's easy to feel sorry for Lexi, but you don't want to actually like her, but after awhile, it's really hard not to.

A very fun read.

More importantly, I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Part of it is committee work and committee recovery. Part of it is parenting a toddler. Part of that is addicting video games. But a large part is just lost mojo. I mean, with the exception of the toddler, none of the other factors are exactly new. But this weekend, I finished reading 2 books. And then I read 2 more cover-to-cover. That used to be fairly standard for a weekend. Will the mojo come back? I think/hope so. If it does though, this book deserves a lot of the credit.

Book Provided by... my local library

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