Amulet Books: New York, 2016
Haters gonna hate, but hopefully not on The Haters, a simultaneously witty, rude, and charming title by Jesse Andrews. Wes and Corey are headed to band camp. To be specific, jazz band camp.
They hate it. They join forces after one epic jam session with the only girl there, Ash (a stone cold vixen), who hates it with equal passion, prompting them to start a band and run away from camp to go on tour, ditching their cell phones and hitting the road. The problem is, who wants to hear a band that doesn’t even have a name? Can a human survive on red vines and chips? Can this band avoid their parents long enough to survive each other?
This book is as funny as it is heartfelt, but probably not for those who can’t handle overhearing a conversation with teenage boys (ie. sex, drugs, rock ’n’roll, and yes, dirty words). For the rest of us, it would be a shame to miss out going on tour with this crew. The book features a diverse cast, both racially and socioeconomically, and touches upon family issues as well as the general woes of coming of age. This is a must read if you’re into music, in a band, or need a book for a reluctant to read teenage boy or dude in your life!