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Somebody Up There Hates You

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  1,020 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching my mom age twenty years in twenty months: if that’s part of the Big Dude’s plan, then it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Somebody Up There Hates You.

SUTHY has landed me here in this hospice, where we—that’s me and Sylvie—are the only people under 30 in the whole place, sweartogod. But I’m not dead yet. I still need to keep things...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Dec 04, 2013 Amy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
For people who liked The Fault in our Stars, but wished it was terrible.
Dan Hajducky
Okay, first and foremost, I GET the comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars. Two kids, both dying of cancer. Yadda, yadda, yadda. If you've read both books, you'll see that that's where the comparisons should end. In The Fault in Our Stars, most of the story takes place in the real world. In Somebody Up There Hates You, the majority takes place in hospice care. If you know anything about serious illness, you'll know that there is a severe difference between hospice care (one month to live, evidenc...more
If only this book had been about more than just two teens dying to end the curse of virginity. Literally.

Unfortunately, the book only has one the one driver, and wondering when and how the two dying kids would meet under the sheets was not enough.

17 year old Ritchie is in hospice. So is 14 year old Sylvie. And like the mythical last man and woman on Earth they want to have sex. The hospital personnel think their budding romance is "cute."

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Cancer books. Man, they are all over the place these days, aren't they. It seems as though you can't peruse any shelf of any book store without finding at bunch of cancer books. YA is littered with cancer books. Now don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily mind, it's just that a lot of these books are about the exact same thing: dying kid dealing with Feelings. There are few variations in these stories.

Okay, I'm coming across as insensitive. I'm not trying to, it's just that when you read as muc...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When you’re a teenager spending what is assumed to be your final month of life in a hospice ward, it’s just a given that you must be a member of the SUTHY Club. What other explanation can there be for 17-year old Richie and 15-year old Sylvie to be dying? Somebody up there must hate them, right? Just because they’re supposed to be dying, doesn’t mean that can’t live a little until their time is up...more
Short and Sweet:
A heartfelt attempt at life with terminal cancer as a teen. Even though I enjoyed this book at times and felt it had some emotional moments, I found it hard to completely connect with any of the characters. It's not a bad story, but certainly not a great one either.

To Elaborate....
Somebody Up There Hates You is told from the point of view of Richie, a 17 year old boy in hospice care. Richie shares with the reader all the ins and outs of being a dying 'kid' and talks about many r...more
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder

I think I knew I was going to dislike Richard from the beginning because he always repeats himself by saying, "see" or, "okay?" or "right". It took all my strength not to jump into the book and punch him in the face. Hollis Seamon could have made this a killer book with such a sad and serious topic but instead she failed to do so. I was left underwhelmed and very upset with all the characters. And not in a good way.

Writing a realistic contemporary novel there has to be a realistic relationship...more
Book #40 Read in 2014
Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon (YA)

This is so much more than a cancer book. Richard (main character) is written in such a way that his voice is so true to life. Richard is in hospice and so is Sylvie....and both are teenagers. They try to retain some sort of normalcy with their budding romance but that creates more problems for both them and their families. The secondary characters (the harpy, Edward, Richard's mother, uncle and grandmother) are interesting and...more
I was taken aback by how much this book affected me. I didn't expect it to have such a strong hold on me, but truthfully I was drawn in from the very beginning. Richard is sarcastic and witty, which makes the book hold an amusing tone for the most part. However, Seamon has no problem reeling you in with laughter, and making sure you're attached and dedicated to these characters, only to make them absolutely break your heart. When it comes down to it, these are young adults who are facing horrify...more
Yi Ly
Un libro peculiar. Me ha sorprendido durante toda la lectura, nunca sabía que encontraría en la página siguiente y es que el protagonista es muy especial, sarcástico como ninguno y sin pelos en la lengua. ¡Larga vida al rey Ricardo!
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Al igual que todo el mundo, apenas leí la sinopsis de este libro se me vino a la mente “Bajo la misma estrella”, pero además de los adolescentes con cáncer, NO TIENEN NADA QUE VER el uno con el otro.

En este libro nuestro narrador es Richard, un adolescente que esta resentido con el gran jefe de arriba por tenerlo atado al hospital y a una silla de ruedas.

Y como todo adolescente, el Rey Ricardo tiene muy presente una cosa, el sexo. Puede que el chico se esté muriendo pero su libido aun esta vivit...more
Heather Panella
This book is showing up a lot of places as a read-alike for John Green's Fault in Our Stars, and while there are strong similarities, the two books are different enough to justify each of them in their own right. Whereas I would say that TFIOS is a love story touched by cancer, I think that Somebody Up There Hates You is more of a cancer story touched by love. Richie is not the suave, gentle, too-good-to-be-true Augustus Waters. No, Richie is a real-life teenage boy with a brashness, dry wit, un...more
Michelle Arrow
*0.5 star rating*

DNF @ 80 pages.

This was probably one of the worst books I've ever read. No doubt about it.

I hated it. "The new The Fault in Our Stars?" Haha, yeah right. This is a childish book with no sense of anything that makes you want to bawl because it was so bad. That's what the book really was fully.

I saw this book as fantasy, especially because of the writing. I understand that it wasn't, but the writing was so bad that it made everything seem like a joke and a dream. This was...more
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3.5 estrellas
Los primeros comentarios que escuche cuando comencé a interesarme por este libro fueron las comparaciones con Bajo la misma estrella. Y después de haber leído los dos libros, puedo decir que si tienen una similitud, ambos cuentan con protagonista con cáncer, punto, hay terminan las semejanzas.

Alguien Allá Arriba Te Odia no es una historia de amor, pero por sobre todas las cosas no es una historia sobre una pareja. Es la historia de Richie, y su vida en la unidad de enfermos terminal...more




Okay, sigo molesta. Pero bueno, hagamos esto.

"Alguien Allá Arriba Te Odia" nos cuenta la historia de Richard, un adolescente d...more
Let’s acknowledge right away that there are some similarities to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Two spunky teenagers dying of cancer are in love, and want to live out the rest of their days in a validation of their existences. But there are differences enough to justify reading this book as well as the wonderful book by John Green.

This story takes place in a hospice. As the 17-year old narrator Rich Casey explains, “you only get into hospice if your prognosis is under a month.” He continu...more
Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at YA Love

I was hesitant to read Somebody Up There Hates You because its main character, Richard, has terminal cancer. I don’t do well with “cancer books.” Hollis Seamon’s debut, however, was worth stepping out of my comfort zone.

This may not be the case for everyone, but Somebody Up There Hate You didn’t make me overly emotional while reading. Sure, a couple scenes made me teary, but I never actually cried. And I teared up over the most unexpected scenes. For instance,...more
Scott Rudolph
This past year, my reading has taken a turn towards books about people dying with cancer. Without intending to read that type of book, they keep popping up, and when a book says read me, well I leap in and see what it has to offer. This one blew me out of the water.

Ok, so don't laugh here, but the first thing I thought of when I finished this novel was Star Trek. Yes, it is a novel about a kid in a cancer hospice living out his last few days, and no there's not a Borg, Klingon or Vulcan in sigh...more
So this is the book I wanted about dying,about knowing that tomorrow isn't a guarantee,but still deciding to live a little.And while these characters are flawed,somewhat self(and sex)-obsessed they managed to acheive something that FiOS didn't. They made me give a shit.

Because Sylvie and Richard felt like teens I know and acted in ways that made sense, not in an authorial puppet says do this type of way.
Richard Kramer
How can I have forgotten to add this wonderful book to my shelves? And I even blurbed it!!! It's about what one might call an ultimate romance, in that it's between a boy and a girl in a hospice. Somehow, it's hilarious, and somehow it's deeply moving in exciting, unexpected ways. Yeah, sure, I've read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and he has twenty million Twitter followers and he high-fives people and says Awesome! a lot and I think he's very earnest and completely uninteresting and I hope he gets tw...more
I am easily taken in by a good cover and you guys, Algonquin Young Readers has KILLED it with the cover of Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon. I love the typography and the colors and basically everything about the cover, plus it actually has some significance to the book with the crown and all. Anyways, aside from being a fan of Seamon’s cover, I actually liked her debut young adult novel for the most part. Right now though, I am going to tell you that it is not going to be everyone’s...more
If you think a book about teens who are in hospice will be depressing, you need to read this book. The voice of the narrator sounds like a teen is really talking. I kept this book to read at lunch hour while at work and I had to keep checking to make sure I didn't go over my lunch break because I got so caught up in the book. I will certainly suggest this title to teens who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, a book that I enjoyed equally as well. This is a first book from this author. Looking forwa...more
Unlike many other reviewers here, I came to this book without ever having read anything by John Green. Also, I was already a fan of Hollis Seamon. Her short fiction sustained me during the many weeks that I spent in the hospital with my own sick child.I loved Richie's voice, and this story of a couple of teens trying to get as much living in as possible in the little time they have left. I burned through this book in a little under two days. Seamon is one of those grossly underappreciated author...more
Es inevitable comparar este libro con 'Bajo la misma estrella' pero resultó que gracias a él descubrí porque el libro de John Green no me gustó tanto. AAATO tiene algo que BLME no, y es la crudeza real que una enfermedad terminal implica. Acá no se trata del amor entre dos enfermos de tragedia divina porque la naturaleza no los deja vivir (aunque si hay romance) se trata de sobrevivir y de lucha, de que en verdad es un milagro que los protagonistas puedan vivir un día mas. Aún estoy entre el 4 y...more
This book had me hooked from the very first two sentences. "I shit you not. Hey, I'm totally reliable, sweartogod." I don't know why, but it sucked me in and there I stayed until I was forced to go to bed by drooping eyelids and a foggy mind. But, as soon as I could, I picked it up again and didn't stop reading until I was finished-- sobbing, leaking snot all over and wanting so much for the book to not end so abruptly. This is the story of Richard Casey, age 17, and his life in hospice care. He...more
Plot summary: 17-year-old Richard Casey (“aka the incredible dying boy”) is spending his last days in hospice, but he doesn’t intend to go gentle into that good night--there are too many things he has yet to do. When asked about why he's in hospice, he tells people that it's SUTHY, an acronym for “Somebody up there hates you.” He and 15-year-old Sylvie are the only people under the age of 30 in Hilltop Hospice, and they both want to pack as much living into their last days as they can. When the...more
Bei "Einer da oben hasst mich" sprach mich die schon der Stil in der Leseprobe direkt an so dass ich beschloss, dieses Buch unbedingt weiter zu lesen. Ein Blick in die Vita der Autorin war für mich sehr interessant und traurig zugleich, denn es zeigte mir, dass die Autorin selbst mit der Thematik vertraut war. Durch die jahrelange Pflege ihres Sohnes hat Hollis Seamon viel Zeit in Kinderkrankenhäusern verbracht. Die Jugendlichen dort, die trotz ihrer Krankheit Teenager blieben, haben sie dazu in...more
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Richie has cancer. At seventeen. In fact, he knows that it is a matter of a couple of months, not years. He is now living in a Hospice unit, one of two teenagers. Sylvie, fifteen, has cancer, also a matter of months. She announces to Richie that she does not want to die a virgin. Big problem though: her father alternates between hovering around his little girl as a protector, and drinking so much the staff is likely to throw him out of the unit.
But there is so much more to the story. This is a...more
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Hollis reads, writes, cooks, and gardens in Kinderhook NY. She teaches writing and literature at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY and the MFA in Creative Writing Program of Fairfield University, Fairfield CT.

Her newest novel, SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU, is one of the inaugural YA books to be published in Fall 2013 by Algonquin Young Readers. Her collection of short stories, Corporeality, wa...more
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