The Haters by Jesse Andrews tells the tale of three teenage jazz-camp runaways who hit the road looking for the perfect gig. Without telling their parents and without cell phones, Ash, Corey and Wes traipse across the US, instruments in tow. Chaos and hilarity ensue. I was laughing out loud! Andrews has a flair for unique storytelling, and it comes across in all the best stylistic choices. Friendships are put to the test as the quest comes to one disaster after another. Music lovers and musicians will definitely appreciate all the references, and they will feel all the feels for main character Wes! I recommend this book for older YA readers.
— From Kira's Picks
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.
". . . hilarious. . . I laughed so hard I scared my cat off the couch multiple times. What The Haters excels at is describing music."
— The New York Times
"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."
— USA Today
“The Haters is terrific. Shocking and funny, unsettling and charming”
— Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments
"...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."
— 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.”
"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."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“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.”
— John Corey Whaley
"as a love letter to music and following one’s dreams, it’s just right."
— Publishers Weekly
“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.”
— School Library Journal
"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.”
— Natalie Standiford, author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot