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Things You Either Hate or Love

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  143 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Georgia has to get to the Natural Affinity concert. She's obsessed with the lead singer, Jakob, and will do anything it takes to see him live. However, there is one major obstacle standing in her way: money.To earn some extra cash, she takes on a string of disastrous jobs, one ending worse than the next.Georgia also struggles with her weight, slipping grad...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 15th 2006)
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Georgia is the 15-year-old narrator of New Zealand novelist Brigid Lowry’s YA book, Things You Either Hate or Love. I was smitten with her almost as soon as she opened her mouth to announce:

I like to think of myself as a brilliant creative person, but sometimes I just feel like a sad lonely girl with a big bum.

Georgia is madly in love with Jakob, the lead singer of a funk band called Natural Affinity. She spends long hours talking to his poster – free therapy – and plotting ways to earn money so...more
Georgia lives with her mom, has a best friend named Mel, and adores musical sensation Natural Affinity. She wants so badly to see them in concert that she gets a job (several, in fact). Along the way she deals with her emotional eating, Mel’s devotion to her ideals (being vegan), glandular fever (she’s sick for weeks), and unrequited love (*sigh* Hunter is so perfect). She keeps a journal in which she writes her thoughts, her poetry, and amusing lists. Georgia could be any teenage girl – she’s g...more
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Kiirsi Hellewell
I can't give this a higher star rating because of 2 things:

--swearing. There was a LOT of swearing, and I don't like books with profanity. I don't need those ugly words in my head.

--The Aussie slang. It takes a really, really long time to feel comfortable in a book where there is SO much unfamiliar slang in every sentence, in every paragraph, on every page. To Australians/New Zealanders, I'm sure it would be totally normal. But to an American who's read 30 or less books by Australian authors, it...more
At First Sight: Georgia is fifteen and obsessed with going to see her favorite band, Natural Affinity, in concert. She has a mental love affair with the band's lead singer Jakob and currently is basing her whole life on going to see him.

This prompts her to get a string of jobs - each worse than the last - even as other things in her life start to complicate, like the fact that she's growing apart from her best friend Mel.

Family and personal drama just keeps pouring over her as she tries to stick...more
This book Things you either hate or love is a really interesting book about a girl who thinks that life is had seeing how her father died when she was 4 and she barely knew him and now she uncovers a truth about him that changes her relationship with her mother. She also had eating habits so her mother thinks she needs counseling for both her eating habits and her constant mood swings, but what her mother doesn't know is what she's been going through. Eventually she meets a guy she likes, but...more
Georgia is determined to earn enough money to go to the Natural Affinity Concert to see Jakob, the lead singer of the group. Jakob is also the guy who Georgia's obsessed with. However, Georgia finds many problem getting in her way. First, the fact that she don't have enough money. Second, she is WAY too overweight. Third, she believes she's far from perfect. So even if she finds a job, the boss might not hire her because of the way she is.
I thought this book was pretty inspiring, because how the...more
Kristen Snellings
Cute and fluffy coming-of-age story. I needed to read something like this after reading Alice Sebold's "Lucky". Takes place in New Zealand so I learned some Kiwi slang along the way.
The main character, Georgia, who is 15 years old is very similar to many teenagers. She loves and is obsessed with a singer named Jakob and she is desperate to go to his concert. Like one of my friends, Linda, she was obsessed with a singer and she went to his concert. I think many teenagers are like this because we're so young and still naive. In addition to being obsessed with the lead singer, she also struggles in school because her grades are not that high, but average. That really relates t...more
Georgia is a likable protagonist, a teen in Australia trying to get through her last years of high school without too many hitches. It's sort of along the same lines as Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson books (Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is the first in that series)--it's got the same humorous tone. Though Georgia can be pretty self-deprecating, it's nothing too different than what most teen girls go through at one point or another. I liked the lists she made throughout the book, t...more
This book is exciting because a girl is put through some tough choices and has to decide what is right and what is wrong. She is very opinionated and has a little brother and sister. Her mom is a famous cook and her dad is depressed. She wants a boyfriend badly and will do alot to get one! She is mad at her mom because right once her dad gets back from the hospital they go on a vacation to America. Then thats when things start to go wrong with her life but then again she gets to have alot of fre...more
Sarah Sullivan
I wanted to read more Australian YA after finishing The Piper's Son, and this one was ok, but nothing exceptional. Likable enough main character, but nothing in the book felt particularly high stakes to me as a reader. The ups and downs of the plot were disconnected, and didn't add up to a satisfying conclusion.

Also, and this is not the fault of the author of course, but publishers/book designers, WTF? This is a book about an overweight girl, and that is a MAJOR PLOT POINT. So why is the cover...more
Okay, I admit it, the book was kind of weird. But I can't say I didn't enjoy it. I admit it, I, Eryn VDH, enjoyed probably the weidest books ever written. I don't know why I liked it, but I did. It was hard to read at first, but I kind of pushed myself through it, but I found at the end I didn't have to. I looked forward to reading it after school. But if there was a sequal, I can honestly say I wouldn't read it. I guess I'm having mood swings about this book haha. Anyways good book. Can't say e...more
OMG This was really fun to read because I am like the protagonist, Georgia, who also has celebrity obsessions ! ^_^ This was a book recommended by my friend and when I started reading it, I felt like this person would be such a best-friend-material! It's nice to read about people who you could connect to and especially these kind of teenage problems you go through. It's a good book for any teenagers wanting to read something that they can easily connect to.
Acceptance is the core theme of this novel and anyone who is or has been a young girl will totally understand. The protagonist, Georgia, is a girl that you will either connect to personally or who will remind you of someone.

I did find the novel easy and quick to read, but sometimes it seemed choppy (it'd jump from scene to scene) and at the end I think it rushed; however, even with these flaw, it was a fun read.
What did I learn from this book? I learned about the power of a good case of glandular fever (aka mono) and losing four kilos. Apparently it will solve all your problems. Georgia, upon getting mono and losing 8.8 pounds, suddenly gets a boyfriend, finds a job she loves, and has all familial problems resolved.

The lists were charming, but as for the plot--really?

I'm off to go try and catch mono.
Jun 02, 2007 Tiff rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: young-adult
It took me awhile to get into this book. Once I did, I thought the plot would be relatable for teen girls. Georgia obsesses about her weight, the boy she likes, and her favourite band. Pretty standard teen fare, though I did enjoy the sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant lists scattered throughout the book.
This book is way better then I thought it would be. I love the little random lists every where in the book, and that this book doesn't have chapters; just titles like journal entries. I found myself laughing on every other page, and the word "shite" is used so much it's funny!
Too much language, drug abuse, and teen drinking for my liking. I just couldn't identify with Georgia (the 15-year-old) protagonist. There were bits that helped me remember teenage angst, but overall, what a pitiful existence that just couldn't draw me in.
Betsy Sieber
touching novel about a girl's coming of age experience, struggles with her weight and just growing up in general. relationship with her single mom is touched upon. Being yourself. I really liked it, it has some very clever passages.
I pulled this randomly off the shelf at the library by mistake, but ended up really enjoying it.

Nothing really happens in it - but the main character, Georgia, is charming as all get out and the Australia-i-ness of it made me smile.
A very clear picture of real life for an interesting teenage girl. I always enjoy reading this book because it makes remember good things about being a teenage girl and having a sweet mom, and I like lists.
Interesting, in some ways predictable, but not too bad. I like the idea of lists. Georgia kind of annoyed me at first, but I guess I warmed up to her. I thought the character of Hunter was really cool.
Fatima Valadez
I think it's an awesome book, at first I thought it was a little weird, but then I liked it. You can almost feel like Georgia is a real person, because of what she thinks.
Sage (the Mage)
I like the list making.
This was kind of a milder, Australian version of Georiga Nicholson.
Not only the similarity in names, but also in personality.
Claire Hernandez

Pretty good book, and yeah, i dunno, Kids under 12 years old, ask permission from parents before you read this, it has some bad language...
Things You Either Hate or Love was okay; it seemed like a string of vignettes. I didn't care for any of the characters.
loved it ..intresting and made me laugh at times it seemed like it was telling my life story! recommend!
it is very interesting... it is about this girl whos life SUCKS... and ya good book
I didn't get very far before giving up. I'm not sure why I couldn't get into this book.
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Brigid Lowry was born in New Zealand into a rather strange but very creative family. Here she learned a love of books, too many swear words and how to cook a decent omelette. Brigid's early, rather awful poetry was made into a small book by her father, a printer and typographer, and sold to kindly relatives for two and sixpence a copy. Thus her writing career was launched, but it took about twenty...more
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