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The Haters

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  4,447 ratings  ·  917 reviews
From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doub ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Amulet Books
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Autumn Well that's what they describe themselves as, haters. Wes admits that he can't love anything without finding things to hate as well. Another reason…moreWell that's what they describe themselves as, haters. Wes admits that he can't love anything without finding things to hate as well. Another reason would be *spoiler alert* that that's what they ended up naming the band. (less)
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John Review: Drew: This book was something special, because it made me do something that's quite rare from a book - it made me laugh out loud. Multiple…moreReview: Drew: This book was something special, because it made me do something that's quite rare from a book - it made me laugh out loud. Multiple times.

If you know me, you know it's practically impossible for a book or movie to make me cry, and the same goes for laughter. The biggest reaction a comedy book will get from me is the occasional snicker. But The Haters was just freaking hilarious.
I thought it was even funnier than Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and that was pretty funny. If you go into this expecting deep philosophy you'll probably end up getting offended and putting the book down.

My advice is: Don't take it too seriously. Just laugh along with the jokes (unless you're like me, where you're reading in a totally inappropriate place in public and trying so hard not to crack up you have to stop reading…).

Imagine two teenage boys who are hopelessly nerdy, yet intelligent and interesting and lovable. These are the main characters, Wes and Corey. They became friends ever since they critiqued their first song when they were kids. Ever since then, they've called themselves "haters." Even the songs they love, they can't help hating on.

When they go to jazz camp they meet Ash, who understands them. After the three jam together, they disembark on a crazy road trip to try to broadcast their band.
The characters were so great and felt real - I thought they were accurate representations of teenagers. They reminded me of the ones in Paper Towns(aside from Margo), where they acted dumb and impulsive and were insecure and naïve. The author didn't skimp on realistic details, either, and these teens swore and drank and made wrong choices and talked crude.

Though there was plenty of light comedy, some serious topics were also focused on. Wes is adopted and his parents ignore him. Corey's parents are overbearing. Ash is from a rich and screwed-up family and constantly feels lonely.(less)

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Jesse Andrews
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I feel pretty confident that this is my finest second novel yet.
Raeleen Lemay
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

As you all know, I am a massive fan of Jesse Andrews's debut novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and have read it countless times. SO, understandably, I was constantly comparing this book to MAEATDG, which was really the only thing that stopped me from LOVING it. The characters reminded me a bit too much of Greg and Earl and Rachel, but that doesn't mean I didn't like them, because I did. The sense of humor in this book is also THE SAME which was super enjoyable (lots of penis jokes, fair
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

From the moment I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl a year ago, I've been regularly baffled to see that readers with whom I usually agree described it as annoying and not in the slightest funny. I mean, I shipped this book like crazy, as I tend to do with favorites, but I know that humor is personal, therefore I came to the conclusion that Jesse Andrews = Laughing Anna. You can't imagine how stunned I am to find The Haters... annoying.... and not in the slightest funny. Karma is such a bitch,
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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What a fitting title to review this week.

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The Haters is what happens when Wes, Corey and Ash (three teens who do indeed meet at band camp) decide to ditch those zeros and see if they can’t turn themselves into heros – of the music scene.

Wes and Corey have been buds for a long time. The main goal of their friendship? To find the “Unpoisonable Well” – music so good, so pure, so true that it can’t possibly be hated on (and also how many
Lala BooksandLala
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
This book was hilarious. If you dug the humour in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I don't doubt you'll laugh out loud at this one too. It was very teenage boy raunchy and rambly and I was all about it.

The story follows 3 teenagers at band camp, who early in the book decide to "escape" and go on their own tour; problem is, they are a 1 day old band and have a lot to learn about their music, each other and even themselves. It's a fun, funny story but with some backbone. My favourite thing about it
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it

What to say about Haters? ...Uhhhhh...

Well it is written by Jesse Andrews. A writer with a voice like no other. I love his style and if I was just discussing that I would be “oohhh”-ing and “aaahhh”-ing all over the page right now. The way he describes and sketches a moment or emotion—especially awkwardness--is mind-blowingly perfect. A simple, almost throw away wink in time from this man sticks with me like it happened in real life. As if I was right there! Like here….

“Corey managed to drink fo
Larry H
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Many thanks to NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids for making it available!

I never read Jesse Andrews' Me and Earl and the Dying Girl , because just when I discovered the book, the movie was about to come out, and I hate reading books just before I see the film adaptation. Then, of course, I never got around to seeing the movie, so I figured I'd jump on the chance to read hi
Erin Dunn
Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I won The Haters from the Goodreads Giveaways program. Thank you to Goodreads!

Guys, I'm sorry. I've seen lots of love for this book, but it just was not for me. It's a shame because I was so THRILLED to have won it from Goodreads. I just could not get into it. I did not care for the characters at all. The writing style was not for me either. I also don't think the humor of the novel was the kind of humor that I enjoy. Even though I was not enjoying the nov
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Booktubeathon Challenge #1 - read a book w/ yellow on the cover: complete!

This might be a 3.5. It wasn't as funny or enthralling as I had hoped it would be, but it definitely feels better than your average run of the mill 3 star contemporary. I'm a little torn on this one. Blah. Will potentially write a real review tomorrow after I've distanced myself from this a bit.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Paper Towns by John Green
This book is hard to rate because I liked it, but some parts of it really annoyed me. I should mention this is my first time reading a book from Jesse Andrews, I haven't read Me & Earl & the Dying Girl yet, so this is my first time being exposed to his writing style, and it's okay in my opinion. His writing style reminds me of John Green, and I'm not a huge John Green fan. This book is ridiculously funny at times and at other times it's very annoying. Wes, Corey and Ash all decide to sta ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was something special, because it made me do something that's quite rare from a book - it made me laugh out loud. Multiple times.

If you know me, you know it's practically impossible for a book or movie to make me cry, and the same goes for laughter. The biggest reaction a comedy book will get from me is the occasional snicker. But The Haters was just freaking hilarious.

I thought it was even funnier than Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and that was pretty funny. If you go into this expe
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yağmur nihayet yağmaya başlıyordu ve havadaki değişimi hissedebiliyordunuz.
Aslında Ash biraz gülümsüyordu. Ben de gülümsediğimi fark ettim.
"Parçalama Festivali," dedi ve ne anlama geldiğini ancak eve dönüş uçuşunda hatırlayabildim.
Yazarın ünlü Ben, Earl ve Ölen Kız kitabını okurlardan bilmeyen yoktur sanırım çünkü çıktığı zaman o kadar çok kişi beğenmedi ki beğenenleri mumla aradık. Ben de filmine bayılıp hatta azıcık sonunda ağlayıp kitabını ortalama bulmuştum. O halde yazarın ilk basıla
Riley Redgate
THE HATERS makes me want to read nothing but comedy, but unfortunately, i feel like literally nobody is as funny as jesse andrews

the book has this way of cartwheeling wildly between moods and hanging together almost suspiciously well. like, in alternating pages it'll be disgusting, sweet, grimy, nostalgic, brutally honest, and awkward enough to curl your toes and make you shut your eyes going oh god oh shit no you have to stop this please. the dialogue is unreal, everybody has a voice that is so
adam (booksss.0k)
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-mail

4 / 5

“Her whole thing was about giving you whatever you it is you didn’t expect, and for for me and Corey it became about giving her the maximum amount of space to do that, and getting as tight and gridded-out as we possibly could, and for a couple of hours that’s what we did, and we couldn’t be totally sure but by the end we started to feel like we really were onto something.”
— Jesse Andrews

Jesse, Jesse, Jesse Andrews has returned with another book. T
Cori Reed
I sad.

I didn't like the humour in this book at all. In fact, I actively disliked it. Yes, it is a book with two teenage boys as central characters, but that doesn't mean that every joke needs to involves dicks and inserting dicks into dogs or meat grinders. The jokes pretty much killed the whole experience for me.

Nicole Craswell
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

TW: Non-consensual drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and sexual assault (all of which are laughed off, joked about, and handled really poorly in general)

I wanted to love this book, I really really did. Unfortunately I realized about 200 pages in that I was definitely hate reading by then. I remember absolutely loving Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and feeling like its sarcasm and cynicism felt so honest and accurate to how teenagers feel and talk. But in this book it all just felt way too forced. I
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The common refrain around New Years Eve is that wherever you go, whatever you do, it never lives up to the hype. You always end up at the shitty party with the weird people while everyone else is out having an absolutely fabulous time. I feel it’s safe to say that teen movies and novels fall into this as well. No matter your experiences in high school it will always, always fall short to what you see or read. What is wrong with me? I never met some crazy sexy whimsical girl, impulsively went on ...more
Claudia Sanchez
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it

I really like this book. I truly did. But, I am not the biggest fan of explicit stuff... (if you know what I mean)... so I had a hard time with that.
funnily enough, I had no real problem with the humor, and after my initial impression of Ash I did grew to like her enough for it not to bother me. I do think the best part of The Haters is Wes and Corey's friendship. I even got teary-eyed at some of their interactions but that probably had a lot to do with the fact that I read them while I was b
This book started off pretty good. The writing style really goes with the atmosphere of this book. I kept getting Whiplash vibes from this book, not from the perspective of there is this crazy teacher about to wreck your life but just it was all about the music. That was pretty cool. But then the writing style started to get annoying and I started not liking it at the last 20-10 chapters of this book (if you could even call them chapters...). I did like how it dealt with sex/drugs/and alcohol. I ...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2016
4.5 Stars. Definitely didn't like it as much as Me and Earl... But it's still written in that same humor and word vomit that I loved from MAEATDG, so yes!!!!

Wes and Corey are high school kids from Pittsburgh going to jazz camp in New Jersey for 2 weeks. Upon arrival, it's not turning out to be all that great. It's 99.9% boys (really really annoying boys), and after a try-out, they get put in the least talented jazz group.

During a brutal rehearsal, a scene erupts, leaving the pair sticking up for
Kristy Mauna
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm a huge fan of Jesse Andrews's writing. I really connected with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - the book and the movie - but I just didn't connect with the characters in this book or their story..

Wes and his best friend, Corey, are spending their summer at jazz camp, and don't seem particularly thrilled about it especially when it seems like there will be just guys at this camp. Enter Ash, the charming and free-spirited guitar player. After meeting Ash, the three of them end up bonding while
Wes and Corey, best friends, decide to attend jazz camp. The camp for geeks. Not for the great jazz musicians of tomorrow. At least, not those in the Gene Krupa band. But of course, that's where the duo meets Ash Ramos.

Ash, who plays guitar loud and with flair and with no sense of rhythm at all. Ash, who when with the Gene Krupa band, sounds terrible. Ash, who when with Wes and Corey, sounds amazing. So together, Wes, Corey, and Ash leave jazz camp. They will embark on a tour.

So they hop in Ash'
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
YES! I'm so glad that Jesse wrote another book. I don't think this one was as amazing as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, but I still fairly enjoyed it. Review to come!

**Thank you so much to Amulet Books for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I have always been the biggest fan of music, so as soon as I heard about The Haters, I knew it was going to be something that I loved. In addition, it was written by none other than the amazing Jesse Andrews, who wrote Me and Earl an
Jennifer Leigh
Do you think a book can make you a Hater? Well, I think that is what happened after reading The Haters by Jesse Andrews. The book follows Wes and Corey on their journey through band camp and then escaping band camp with their new friend Ash. As they start their own band, they have to find gigs and other ways to get their music out there before the end of band camp.
With the varying types of dialog and the very awkward scenes about male genitalia. The book did not have a good resonance with me.
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed Jesse Andrews' first novel, you definitely will enjoy this one. It's so funny and quick and full of humor. I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships with one another. There were a few times that I was laughing out loud. I especially loved the chapter titles, especially the ones that took up about half of the page. The way Andrews writes is so intriguing and fast paced. You're going to be glued to this book when you start it. However, I felt the end happened a bit too ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
The characters were pretentious, the humor was repetitive, for some unknown reason 90% of the dialogue was written in play format (???), and honestly, what kind of person runs away from home with no money, no phone, no food, no anything? And runs away knowing what kind of trauma they're putting their parents through? And just trusts the person that's like "hey come with me let's run away and make sure to leave your phone behind"??? And then later continues to trust absolute strangers that could ...more
Jeremy West
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-tbr
This book will seriously make you laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh. I loved it for every hilarious joke and poignant moment. The Hater will rock you on this road trip to be remembered.
Tina ( As Told By Tina )
DNF At 76%

I loved Me, Earl and the dying girl but i wasn’t a fan of this one. I tried pushing myself to finish it but i just can’t do it.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not entirely satisfied with the ending and off put by some of the 'dick' jokes and descriptions, I did enjoy this book by the author of Me, Earl and the Dying Girl. There were some original text devices and the characters were sympathetic. A good YA book.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Three stars: A road trip book packed with juvenile humor that made me laugh.

Wes and Corey are surrounded by dudes at jazz camp. They actually have no idea why they are there as they are mediocre musicians at best. It isn't a surprise when they land in the worst band at jazz camp. The one redemptive factor in the bad band is there is actually a chick. A girl who plays the guitar. Wes and Corey are both immediately attracted to this strange girl, and they even stick up for her, to the point that
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