Saturday, February 22, 2014

Crane, Caprice. Confessions of a Hater.

Crane, Caprice.  Confessions of a Hater.  Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends      2013  358p      $17.99  ISBN 978-1-250-00846-6  ms/hs Realistic fiction  VG-BN

Hailey Harper ranks high on invisibility.  But she has a plan to change that: a journal belonging to her popular older sister full of information Hailey will use to reinvent herself at her new high school.  Caprice Crane addresses high school issues from bullying to divorce, to pregnancy and drug addiction, showing that everyone in attendance is dealing with problems of some sort.  Her humorous approach permits the characters to teach readers without much “preaching.”  Atypically (and early on) Hailey decides that popularity isn’t for her and creates her own clique, the “Invisibles.” Crane’s on-target observations about high school will leave teens thinking and talking!        

Summary: Hailey thinks she’s found the inside track to popularity and she is putting her plan to the test in her new school.

High school-Fiction, Popularity-Fiction                     --Hilary Welliver

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