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
Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.
For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.
In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments (author Rody Doyle raves "The Haters is terrific. It is shocking and funny, unsettling and charming." ), and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best.
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— The New York Times
— USA Today
— Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments
— The Horn Book
“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.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
— John Corey Whaley
— Publishers Weekly
— School Library Journal
— Natalie Standiford, author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot