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From the fist day at her new Southern California high school, Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta ("Paski") learns that the popular students may be diverse in ethnicity but are alike in their cruelty. While Paski tries to concentrate on mountain biking and not thinking too much about ultra-hot Chris Cabrera, she is troubled by the beautiful and wicked Jessica Nguyen. ...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 05, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it liked it
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HATERS is the first young adult book by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, but anyone who reads this book (myself included) is sure to hope it's not her last! In the novel, readers are introduced to Paski (her full name is Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta, but that's way too much of a mouthful). She's a New Mexico teenager who, because of her father's new job, moves to Orange County, California. Yeah, the O.C. And it seems a lot like the television show.
Cameron Zimmermann
What would you do if your dad came home from work one day in designer sunglasses and a Juicy men's track suit, and told you that you were moving all the way up to Southern California? At first, you would ask, what is my father wearing? But the more important question is why? It may not seem like a big deal to you, but for Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta(Paski it is. Not only is she leaving behind the home she has loved and known, but the friends she will leave with it.

"Haters" by Alisa
Jan 14, 2009 Lara rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-read
I'm so pleased that Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez has ventured into the YA genre, because it seems to suit her well (although I really enjoyed her two adult books, too). (For clarification, I don't mean "Adult" with a capital A, as in XXXX "Adult". I just mean "adult", as in "written for an adult audience". You probably already know that, though.) (Man, I am off my game today. Excuse me, por favor.) I'm no expert, but I feel that the pre-teen population can always benefit from a book with a strong, ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Laura rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Meg Cabot's Jinx and Mediator series
The author's first foray into young adult fiction is a mostly strong one. Pasquala aka Paski is moved from her life in Taos by her soon-to-be-famous cartoonist father to Orange County. In addition to not being able to fit in with the uber-rich crowd, Paski is psychic, and can forsee a terrible thing happening to the most villainous popular girl in school.

Putting aside the psychic thing, this book is mostly realistic about being the new kid and trying to fit in. However, the actions of the antago
Jan 11, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love, ya-fiction
This is a truly excellent coming-of-age/finding-self story.

Paski Archuleta's world goes topsy-turvy when her dad returns to Taos from a trip to LA looking, acting, and behaving like a person gone insane. He's dressing like an idiot, he's acting like an idiot, and to top it all off, he tells her they're moving to LA. Like, immediately.

Paski loves her life in Taos. New Mexico is the only home she's ever known. Her friends are here. Her mountains are here. Not that she has much choice.

The U-haul ge
Angel Clemente
Dec 04, 2013 Angel Clemente rated it it was amazing
A few weeks ago, one of my best friends at work lent me a book that she really enjoyed. She mentioned it was very cute but yet naughty at times and that it made reference to the Mexican culture quite often. She also told me that she read it with a Spanish dictionary by her side as she took some lessons in high school but she still wanted to make sure that she fully understood what all the terms meant. Needless to say I was intrigued at that point.

It had been a while since I last picked up a nove
Dec 18, 2007 Atomicgirl rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Pasuala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta, otherwise known as Paski, moves with her dad to LA when her father wins a deal witha major production company. Paski finds it difficult to adjust to her new lifestyle.

It was very difficult to finish this book because it's filled with so many inconsistencies. I really wish the author had done more research into the Japanese language. There is a scene in the book where a Japanese woman in an American is raped by a man who is "politely" asking (he uses the wo
Jan 26, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
When 16-year-old Paski is whisked away from her beloved hometown in New Mexico, she struggles to fit in and find her place in her new Orange County high school. Topmost of her problems is ultra popular and ultra mean Jessica Nguyen. Facing potential romance, a twist of psychic ability, and adult issues than she’s ever faced before, Paski rides mountain bikes, makes friends, and figures out where she wants to stand in the social world of her new school.

I liked the first half of this book. Paski i
I fell in love with this book by accident. I think I was in the 9th grade when i first read this book, and i picked it up, cause i was feeling kinda down about some of the people in my school, and it was called "Haters" and that's what made me check it out of the library, not even reading what it was about. When I started this book, I fell in love immediately Paski was just a really great protagonist, and I looked her dad, no matter how child-like he could be.

I'm not really sure why I really, re
May 10, 2010 Sandra rated it did not like it
I bought this book hoping i would be able to have my kids read this book since it is about a girl who moves from New Mexico to California and her anguish of moving, well little did i know...
This is written for YA and my kids will not be reading it! I dont understand why the author felt she needed to have the main Character Paski of 16 fool around with her boyfriend and then ultimately decide she would sleep with him because he was "the one," after visitng Planned Parenthood.
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Jun 05, 2009 Oli rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It's about a girl who loves to mountain bike and lives in a small town called Taos. Shes got the man of her dreams, awesome friends and a great life. It seems everything is going perfectly...until her crazy wannabe-teen father announces theyre moving. Not only does she have to cope with her embarassing father but she has to keep up with the popular group in her new town called the haters while getting humiliated by them.
It seems like another girly book that are sometime
Gail Gauthier
Aug 03, 2016 Gail Gauthier rated it liked it
4th book for my 2014 48 Hour Book Challenge weekend.

"So Haters is a boys-boys-I-like-cute-boys, shopping-and-clothes, and mean-girls book with ethnic characters. It's also a kind of teenage fairy tale with all good things coming to main character Paski."

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4Erin Walker
This book talks about life for a tennge girl who transfered to a highschool in california. She was the popular girl at her old school. But as she goes to this new school she meets a boy that she likes. This boy turned out to be a boy friend of one of the popular girls and a flame is then born.
Jan 27, 2011 Kayla added it
terrible. bad writing, unrealistic plot.
at least the cover's pretty
Monica Robles
Oct 21, 2016 Monica Robles rated it really liked it
This book was amaaaaaazing totally loved it, the scenes in this book may be realistic and it's very intense at points and I think I fell in love with this book because I felt exactly what it was like to be in Paski's position at some points in the book and I really think more people should recommend this book to others. Very good book, very interesting.
Chris Gager
Jun 04, 2013 Chris Gager rated it it was ok
This is a YA novel from a successful but hitherto unknown to me writer. I picked it up at the transfer station in town. Not bad so far despite the heroine being pretty self-absorbed and obnoxious. WAY too much attitude. It occurred to me this morning that this is a re-hash of "Rebel Without a Cause". It also reads like a movie or TV treatment. Way, way too much name and product dropping for my taste. Still, the author is capable enough in conveying teen-age intensity and anxiety although it's ...more
Chelsie Dang
Haters is a novel that follows Pasquala, or "Paski", as she transitions from her quiet life in Taos, New Mexico, to her new home in Orange County when her cartoonist father lands a major movie deal. She quickly notices that while different ethnicities are widely accepted and normalized, people are divided based on their wealth and class. She has to navigate this new landscape while also accepting her psychic powers and visions.

Apparently, this is Valdes's first young adult novel. I find that mo
Oct 28, 2010 Ari rated it really liked it
This was just what I needed since I've been in a back-to-school funk (well I've been in it since school started but it's getting worse). It's not cotton candy light but it didn't make me pause at any revolutionary/extraordinary thoughts. I would like to state however that this book could be a lot shorter. There seemed to be a lot of excess information and while it didn't take away from the plot per se, it wasn't something I needed to know. I found the dialogue to be repetitive and too much ...more
Ary Chest
Sep 08, 2016 Ary Chest rated it it was ok
Sigh, I really wanted to like this book. I still do, sort of. I used to be obsessed with YA. It's all I would read. Then I outgrew it, because I was no longer a teenager and teen stuff didn't matter to me, anymore. I've been meaning to get back into the genre for a while. I could've gone with more mainstream stuff, but decided that would be to familiar, which would mean I'd get bored. So I decided to pick up Haters. I liked the idea of a writer for adults venturing into YA because I thought ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008-2009
2006, Little, Brown and Company. Hachette Book Group USA
pgs.351 $16.99
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
ISBN-10: 0316013072
ISBN-13: 9780316013079

Take a camera and picture this, what's it like to move into another state and into a new school, where you don't know anyone. And picture this what's it like to leave your closest friends, just for the sake of your parent's job career. Last but least picture this, what's it like to be in a school, where people are being labeled. Like the word call Haters. The
Alana Hernandez
Oct 31, 2008 Alana Hernandez rated it really liked it
Alana Hernandez October 31, 2008
English 11 Mary

The book Hates is book that I couldn’t put down at all. Haters is by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. Haters is the type of book that it has a girl’s everyday problem but with a little twist to it. Haters is a book about a girl named Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta or Paski just for short. Paski is living in New Mexico with her loving artistic father. Paski’s father decides to surprise Paski and tell her that they are moving to California. Paski at t
Nov 20, 2008 Mandee rated it it was amazing
 The book Haters is about a 16 year old girl named Paski. She had to move from New Mexico to California because of her dad’s job. She has to go to a new school and make new friends which she hates. The day before she goes to her new school she meets a new boy called Chris and she finds him very attractive. The first day of school she finds this group of girls and she can tell that they are the popular group. Then see finds out that chris is toghther with a girl named Jessica. So a few days have
Feb 15, 2011 Marissac rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tri-mester-2
Haters was about this girl named Paski Archuleta and she originally lived in New Mexico, but her dad got a new job in California and she had to leave all her friends in New Mexico and move into the OC (Orange County). In New Mexico at her first school she was really popular and everyone knew her and wanted to be her friend. But at her knew school, Padre Loma High, no one wants to be friends with the new girl. After a little “accident” Paski is known as that girl. She has problems with Jessica, ...more
Yarielis Silverio
Sep 23, 2011 Yarielis Silverio rated it really liked it
I've been reading this very interesting book called "HATERS" & so far so good , i really like it! :) Thats a good thing .. I can also relate to this book! This book is about a 16 year old lady , Her mom abounded her when she was 10 , Her mom preferred drinking & boyfriends , she never really cared about her daughter , so she had this good father that helped her out , So she lived with her dad .. Her dad went out for a vacation to Los Angeles, He went out there for a job. He came out ...more
Eliza Suluyan
Jan 24, 2011 Eliza Suluyan rated it it was amazing
I think Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez did an amazing job with her first young adult book, "Haters. " This book is about a girl named Paski who moves to Viejo, California from her comfortable hometown of Bohemian Taos, New Mexico. She has a tough time being away from the mountains in New Mexico on which she loved to bike. Her new school, Aliso Niguel High School, is home to the beautiful but viscious Jessica Nguyen , the leader of "the haters". Aliso Niguel High School is also home to Chris, Paski's new ...more
This book has been on my shelf for so long, and I recently decided to just pick it up and read it. I wasn't disappointed.

This was a light, quick read. I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them, and felt the writing in this one was equally enjoyable. It was definitely written for more of the young adult crowd, but that didn't detract from the enjoyment. I thought it was fun to see the world through young Paski's eyes, especially concerning the vastly different ways of life in Taos, N
Sep 03, 2007 Annie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: smart girls who see through cliques
So this girl Paski has grown up with just her father in Taos. He's a comic book writer who created Squeegee Man. (That in and of itself should be enough for you to want to read more about him.) At the beginning of the book, he's off in LA talking to the people who want to turn it into a movie and make him the most well paid Latino comic book writer in the states. So, they have to move to LA and Paski (Pasquela) has to adapt from being a beautiful (in both senses) mountain biker to living in a ...more
Dec 25, 2007 Jean rated it liked it
While I think this is a cut above the typical "outsider vs the popular kids" story it still basically boils down to the question of what it means to be "popular" in high school. Paski is moved from her comfortable life in Taos, where she is popular and has two best friends, to Orange County CA, where not only is she the "new girl" but she is also forced to watch her father transform from a quirky artist to a "with it" Hollywood type. Paski has some funny observations, but her lack of ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Alana rated it liked it
Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta, or Paski, just moved to Orange County, California, from Taos, New Mexico. She misses the landscape, her psychic grandmother, her friends, and of course, her crush, Ethan. She's moving with her comic-book-designing father.

She is already enrolled into a Hugh school and just as expected, there's a popular, don't-make-trouble-with girl, Jessica Nguyen. She does motorcross and has her little posse to follow her around. Her boyfriend, Chris Cabrera, also does m
Pasquale Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta goes by just Paski. She 19s content to live in Taos, New Mexico until her father makes her move to Southern California because his comic novels are going Hollywood. Paski's dad sees this as an amazing opportunity and Paski sees this as an end to her life. The kids at her new school come from wealthy families, drive expensive cars, drink and party like adults, and the Haters rules the school. Sticking to her strong Hispanic background Paski shows teens how ...more
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Alisa Valdes is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of women's fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir, including The Dirty Girls Social Club. She has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and spent ten years as a staff writer for the Boston Globe and LA Times before becoming an author. She lives in New Mexico with her family and pets and wishes the calories you ate when no ...more
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