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Hail Caesar

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  335 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Winner of the PUSH Novel Contest, a searing portrait of a 17-year-old boy . . . written by a 16-yr-old girl.

Caesar thinks he can't be touched by anything or anyone. Boys idolize him. Girls lust after him. And he has power over them, because he doesn't care about any of them . . . until the new girl comes along, and turns Caesar's world upside down.
A funny, honest, in-your
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Push
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Jan 07, 2011 Sashana rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE! Don't read this crap!!
Dear Scholastic Inc,
I bought Thu-Huong Ha's, Hail Caesar on December 11, 2011 for $1 at a local book fair. I was thoroughly disappointed by the book and offended by Ms. Ha's misrepresentation of teenage like. Contrary to popular belief, teenagers do not speak like this: "I do not think. I do not breathe. I am in party mode. I am the Dictator," or, "sup .nmu. jc. im hungry. u wanna get sum food. some over here. we got some shit. aight."
It is with great regret (on your part) that I request my $1 b
Nov 11, 2012 Owen added it
I have to say that I was very disappointed with this book. The concept of a boy that thinks he is perfect but then realizes he isn't seemed like it could be very thought-provoking and understandable in the way that some people could relate to the story.

This wasn't what I got out of the book. The author was trying to make a point, which is fine, but I don't think she did it in the best way. After looking online, I came across some information she had provided about Hail Caesar and why she wrote i
Mar 29, 2010 Sammi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advisory-2010
Hail Caesar written by Thu-Huong Ha is an amazing story about a guy in High School. John Miller is known as a 'Caesar' in his school. Every girl in the school wants him, pimp much? He pretty much had sex with every one of the girls in his school, did he care about them? Not really. What does he care about? His reputation at school.
This happened for most of his high school life, until the day a new transferred student came to his school, Eva. John felt like he was in love with Eva, but Eva felt l
Sep 03, 2009 Kricket rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, 2009
not in the mood for dramatic one word sentences:

"Air. Hair. Breathe."

and probably won't be any time soon.
Apr 24, 2009 Kayla rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kayla by: Bryn Orum
This book was an amazing book! It's about a boy named John but better known as Ceasar among his friends and peers. He's the boy all the girls want to be with, even just for a night. Being the almighty Ceasar he loved this attention that is untill he found a girl that he wasnt able to woo as eaisaly as the others. Eva, haunted his dream and his reality. (not on purpose ofcourse.) He spent time with her in a way that he didnt normally spend with girls. They would hang out at a gazebo that what see ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Brittany rated it it was ok
My sister bought this book from Borders expecting it to be a good read. Since she was busy with classes, she didn't have time to read it, so I picked it up once I had run out of my own books to read. Even though it was bad, it wasn't terrible. This was the author's first book, so there are still times for her to redeem herself. But as soon as I started reading it, I just became uninterested. It started to become a chore to finish this book, because I hate starting a book and not finishing it, or ...more
Jan 25, 2010 Shannon rated it it was ok
I don't often negatively review a book, but this was truly just okay. I had high hopes as it was written by a teenager about teenagers. But it was written by a teenage girl about a teen age boy, and therein lies the problem. The main character, John (AKA Ceasar)is too flat to be believable. As the mom of three sons,I know that guys live for more than getting drunk/high and having no-relationship-expection sex. I just think the whole "unsure of what will happen after I graduate" question so many ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Ann rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, 2007
Painfully finished.

Tim Riggins in book form, as written by a 17 year old girl. A new girl Mary Sues her way into town and makes Tim - er, John - er, Caesar - realize that his life of sleeping his way through the female crowd at his HS is - gasp! - unsatisfying. Heavy on the dialogue, only remarkable because it was written by a 17 year old girl.
Jul 26, 2009 Kimberly rated it did not like it
I wasn't expecting anything great out of this book, but in the end, it felt like I was just turning pages and not getting anything out of it. I wasn't sucked in or anything...It was disappointing, especially in the end, but I enjoyed the conversation between John and his sister. But the concept of "Caesar" was good, but not enough to last, in my opinion.
Aug 11, 2011 Molly rated it it was ok
Shelves: highschool, romance, drama
Even though it was written by 17-year-old Thu-Huong Ha, it was an okay book, but not great. I think the character of Eva was self-placement on Ha's part.
Jun 17, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
I was drawn to this book for many reasons, one of the main reasons being Caesar (John Miller). He seems like the kind of guy you try to avoid through high school and through life. He's the one that cares more about himself than anyone else and will use you to his advantage. I've always wanted to read a book through this kind of perspective. We get a lot of YA books where the protagonist is either an outsider or someone who desperately yearns to be popular and well liked. With Hail Caesar, John i ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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HAIL CAESAR is the story of the big-shot. That one guy everyone knows or knows of and can't help respecting, loving, wanting to be or to be with. PUSH Writing Intern alumna Thu-Huong Ha began writing HAIL CAESAR when she was fifteen years old, winning her internship and finishing her book at seventeen. She is part of a new generation of young writers whose talent exceeds their age by years and years and showcases writing ability and wisdom seldom commo
Baile Hanak
Nov 15, 2011 Baile Hanak rated it really liked it
I Loved this book. John is probably one of the most dynamic characters I've ever read about; the drastic change he undergoes after falling for Eva is incredible. In the beginning of the story, "Caeser" (John's nickname because he is a modern version of the great conqueror) is truly perceived as a god of sorts. He parties, he gets girls, he forgets those girls, and then repeats the cycle again and again. Then he meets Eva, a girl who, to Caesar, isn't stunning but is different than anyone he has ...more
Mrs W
Jan 19, 2013 Mrs W rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2007-2010
John Miller, nicknamed “Caesar,” has it all. As the captain of the boys’ basketball team, this smooth talking, good looking senior has a party to go to every weekend where he can and does get any girl he wants, and he doesn’t have to care about any of them. Until Eva shows up. Somehow, the new girl in school is able to turn his gaze into himself and help him to see how shallow he really is. Around the same time, Caesar finds his own 13-year-old sister is beginning to follow in his footsteps. Per ...more
Jun 07, 2009 Bianka rated it it was amazing
Hail Caesar
By Thu-Huong Ha
292 pp. New York, NY
PUSH, $7.99
ISBN: 0-439-89026-8

Hail Caesar written by 17 year old Thu Huong Ha is a realistic fiction novel that invites you in the mind and life of a boy around its author's age. However this boy isn't an average, everyday teenager. Everyone calls him Caesar and although his real name is John Miller, the name Caesar seems to fit not only his reputation, but his personality as well. Caesar's last year of high school seemed easy and relaxing until the
Steph Su
Apr 21, 2009 Steph Su rated it did not like it
John “Caesar” Miller knows he’s the coolest guys around. Guys want to be him. Girls want to be with him—and by that he means they want to have sex with him. Caesar believes that he deserves everything and everyone he gets, and that he doesn’t have to care for them in return.

Until he meets the new girl, Eva. From the start he knows there’s something different about her. It’s not just that she’s smart AND beautiful AND doesn’t immediately fall for him; he’s also able to talk to her in a way he’s n
Jan 09, 2009 Trevor rated it it was amazing
The book, Hail Caesar by Thu Huong Ha, a PUSH author, is about a teenage boy named John Miller. In his world he was given the nickname Caesar. Everybody tends to look up to him, and of course he would consider it a good thing, but sometimes, it's not. Caesar always ignores the people that are after him, and I still wonder why, because if someone was chasing me because they liked me, I would go after them as well. Things can change, people can change and people can walk into your life. Into the b ...more
Lucia Patterson
Apr 10, 2011 Lucia Patterson rated it liked it
A character in this text who interested me was Caesar( A.k.a, John.) Because of the way he acts. I think i was just subtly blown away about the fact of how much of a player this teenager boy was, and how he thought he could just get away with it! I think i was sided with the clan that didn't like John, if there was one !? I just got an instant feeling i didn't like him , and wouldn't like him , because of the way he walked all over girls , thinking they didn't have any feelings and were just mad ...more
Nate Mckinster
May 28, 2013 Nate Mckinster rated it it was amazing
Hail Caesar is one of the best books I have ever read. It has everything I want to read about in it, high school, parties, basketball, girls, basically everything that interests me to be honest. Hail Caesar is about a senior guy in high school named John Miller, his nickname is Caesar because everyone praises him, all the girls want him, all the guys want to be him. Caesar is by far the most popular kid in school, he has a party to go to every weekend and has a different girl to be with every ni ...more
Kiana Desrosiers
Dec 08, 2010 Kiana Desrosiers rated it it was amazing
On page 189, the story begins when John, also known as Caesar, is going back to school. It’s his senior year and he has nothing planned for his future. He’s a good basketball player with a big ego. He only cares about kicks and chicks and the game. He doesn’t care much about school; he’d rather be out partying with his friends. Then his perspective on everything changes when he meets the new girl in town, Eva, the pretty smart girl with high standards. She rarely gives him the time of day so he ...more
  Syd シド ♫Just one of the wolves ♫
Okay i will admit it i picked this book up for the cover usually i make the point not to do that but with every rule ther comes that one exception. Hail Caesar is about a boy who thinks his life is pretty much operfect besides the life at home he lives. high school is perfect he has all the girls wrapped around his finger, he has a great car, most popular guy in the school, and of course the star of the basketball team. So to Caesar life is as perfect as it is gonna get until a new girl comes to ...more
May 28, 2009 Zuzia rated it liked it
I think we've all met someone who is so full of themselves, they refer to themselves as a legend. Well, that exactly describes Caesar. No, that's not his real name, but John is too simple for a guy like him. He's handsome, talented, and every girl wants him. He's not into anyone but himself until...Eva. Eva comes and turns Caesar's world upside down. And as Caesar falls deeper and deeper for the girl who hates him, he finds out some new things about himself.
I think this book was okay, but nothin
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Nov 14, 2008 Caitlín (Ink Mage) rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. For one thing, there was a LOT of swearing (seriously, the F-word was on every page more than once!).
I like dialogue, but sometimes there seemed like way too much and I got really tired of reading the boys' stupid greeting of "yo." I'm assuming this is supposed to show how shallow their relationships are, but that could have happened without so much yo-ing.
John's character was kind of annoying, and his arguments with Eva sometimes really dragged. I think, ev
Matt C
Feb 22, 2011 Matt C rated it really liked it
Caesar is the schools Hot shot. He was wanted by all the girls, he played basketball, and was all around cool. He did drugs went to parties and drank. He slept with at least 100 girls. He thinks he is invincible, the best, basically full of himself. He meets this girl Named Eva and at first he hates her guts but they become friends... They learn a lot about each other and then things start to change, Caesar starts to change. He starts to fall in love with Eva. If you want to find out what happen ...more
Roya Abkenari
Dec 09, 2014 Roya Abkenari rated it really liked it
Although it was the author's first book, I was little impressed. The idea of a teenager in this novel should be corrected. Most senior in high school are not like the characters in the book. I was not also a huge fan of the one word sentences and the emphasis for drama. But I did enjoy the plot a bit of a lost teen, that in a way, has got it all in everyones eye. Then again, the author was very young to write such a big novel, but I definitely think it's the right way to go. I thought the novel ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Atomicgirl rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The story of John Miller, better known as Caesar. He is a high school senior with everything going for him. Then he meets a girl who is not impressed with his good looks and charms.

Caesar is not the best human being. He's pretty near the bottom of the human chain, but he has a few redeemable qualities. The author does make you want to get to know him better.

Strong language and sexual situations make this book not appropriate for all teens. Still, the language is authentic and raw. While the endi
Aug 12, 2007 KTMG rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adult readers
John, commonly know as "Caesar," is king of his high school; The girls want him, and the guys want to be him. Although he never thinks twice about the girls who throw themselves at him, he never regrets what he does. But when a new girl comes to school, it changes. Ava doesn't care who John pretends to be, and doesn't fall for his charm. What is it about her, and why can't he get her out of his head?
Sep 07, 2008 Hailey rated it liked it
The writing style was different and very enjoyable. At times, Caesar seemed very two dimensional, like the author was barely scratching the surface of what the character could have been.

But the dialogue was honest, including the type of strong language that teenagers today would both use and hear, and the narrative at times intense, making the reader think more about what was going on rather than just being told. Better than your average teen novel.
Aug 28, 2012 Tyler rated it it was amazing
Although marketed towards young adults, and I mean like teenagers, it actually is a good read for all ages. Written in first person, this is a funny, honest in your face portrait of a guy who has to stop being a legend in his own mind (excerpt from the back cover), and actually reminds me of myself when I was 17.
Sep 12, 2011 Emilywenzel rated it liked it
I thought that this was a good book, because it was a teen-based story. It almost got you inside of a teenage boy's head! It was really entertaining and kept me on edge, wondering, and almost hoping he would actually fall in love! I would in some ways recomend this book, however only for a mature audience.
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Thu-Huong Ha started writing Hail Caesar when she was fifteen; it subsequently won the PUSH Novel Contest. She finished it when she was seventeen, as a PUSH Writing Intern. She is currently a student at Princeton.
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