The Haters (Hardcover)

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Andrews does not disappoint in his stunning second novel. Best friends, Wes and Corey, are at a glorious jazz camp that is decidedly not glorious. By a strum of fate they have a jam session with Ash, who’s as quirky as she is talented. This magical moment launches their summer cross-country tour to make it as a band, but they hit some snags along the way. Overflowing with wit and charm, Andrews takes you on a wild ride filled with as many twists and turns, ups and downs as you can imagine. It’s so much fun that you’ll want to become a hater yourself.

- Clare

— From Clare's Recs

About the Author


Jesse Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and the screenwriter of that book’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize–winning movie adaptation. He’s also the author of The Haters, which Booklist called “effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable,” in a starred review. He lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For…


". . . hilarious. . . I laughed so hard I scared my cat off the couch multiple times.  What The Haters excels at is describing music."


"Jesse Andrews’ follow-up to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an extremely entertaining number that focuses on a couple of jazz-camp rejects. It’s also downright hilarious when they riff on band names, new songs or just living life."


The Haters is terrific. Shocking and funny, unsettling and charming”


"...What follows is both a classic road trip novel and a contemporary and inventive teen adventure: they play (horribly) at a Chinese food buffet, hang at a commune, and almost get shot (twice!)... Issues of race, family, and socioeconomics (Wes was adopted from Venezuela as a baby; Ash’s mom is French and her dad is a Brazilian billionaire/serial philanderer) play subtly throughout the book."


**STARRED REVIEW**
“an uproariously funny addition to the teen-road-trip canon...readers will be sucked into this story, a raunchy bromance in the vein of Superbad, which celebrates friendship and adventure... Effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable, and, given the years since Andrews’ fantastic debut, well worth the wait.”



"Fortunately for readers, Wes has a lively voice that moves smoothly betwen laugh-out-loud, self-conscious snark and candid, moving observations... The trio's road trip thus has all the requisite coming-of-age moments, with virginities and illustions lost and friendships, courage, and self-awarness found."


“The Haters reads like a perfect jam session between the different voices in Jesse Andrews’s head. And thank God for that. It’s hilarious, emotionally pure without being pretentious or cliché, and it makes me want to be a teenager again so I can tell everyone in class to read it. Try to hate on this one. You’ll fail.”


"as a love letter to music and following one’s dreams, it’s just right."


“The author demonstrates his unique voice…Teens who are music nerds or fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will appreciate this novel’s sharp wit and playful style.”


"truly hilarious….a teen road trip packed with music and drama." 


“The Haters is punk rock in book form, with some of the funniest dialogue I’ve ever read. I laughed till tears streamed down my face. Looking for a good time? Read this book.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419720789
ISBN-10: 1419720783
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English