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Do you have a favorite band?

Okay. Good. Unfortunately, it also sucks. And Wes and Corey can tell you exactly how.


There is nothing Wes and Corey can’t hate on. Even bands they love. In fact, they are incapable of loving anything without relentlessly figuring out ways to hate it, too.

And so when they are sent to a place as soul-crushing as jazz camp—which is populated almost
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Harry N. Abrams
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Izzy I read this book 3 years ago so I'm probably not the best person to answer this because it's not fresh on my mind but from what I can remember, there …moreI read this book 3 years ago so I'm probably not the best person to answer this because it's not fresh on my mind but from what I can remember, there was a passage where Ash talked about her sexuality and it could be inferred that she is on the asexual spectrum. (less)
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 wo…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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Jesse Andrews
Oct 08, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I feel pretty confident that this is my finest second novel yet.
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,
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

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 ma
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Lala BooksandLala
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Larry H
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laura
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Gabby
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 start a ban ...more
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.
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Erin Dunn
Nov 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won The Haters from the Goodreads Giveaways program. Thank you to Goodreads!

http://angelerin.blogspot.com/2016/05...

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
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Drew
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Cori Reed
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just...am 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.

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Nicole Craswell
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5

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
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Truman32
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Kristen
I love the way that Andrews writes a book like he has no clue how to write a book.
Sparkleypenguin
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
sabrina
Aug 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Roxanne
DNF at 58%

I’m bored and I don’t care. There’s nothing “wrong” with this book. The writing is fine but I just don’t care about the characters and what they’re doing or why they’re doing it. I’m surprised by my feelings to be honest because I normally like road trip stories and typically enjoy plots centred around music. But this one didn’t hold my interest.
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
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
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India
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'
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Krystianna
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
Fo
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Ashley
Jan 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at about 60%. I'm surprised I made it this far with all the dick jokes and strange dialogue. The synopsis of the story sounded promising, but I didn't see any of that in the story. The characters were hard to connect with and I wasn't sure where the whole thing was going. I might go back later to see what happens, but I'm not sure yet.

Thanks to NetGalley, ABRAM Kids, and Amulet Books for the ARC.
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Rida Imran
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
So basically alot like everyone else i too had extremely high expectations because Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was dope, hilarious and awesome.
Well i like how he shows a teen's thoughts he obviously knows it right.
But there's just so many dick jokes one can take and i just didn't find this book that interesting, only finished it cause i thought it would get better
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Liv
Mar 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(2.5) full review posted on my blog:https://curlyhairbibliophile.wordpres... ...more
Chloe Grant
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldnt finish it- Too boring!
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.
Diana
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Heidi
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kris Mauna
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
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K. Haas
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jesse Andrews second novel, "The Haters," may be even better than his debut, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," which is saying a lot.
Stocked in the Teen Fiction section at Barnes & Nobles, this coming-of-age story sends its teen protagonists on an independence-fueled music tour filled with drugs, sex, violence and the grisly (but not too grisly) consequences of those decisions. It stays funny throughout the story with both sophomoric and enlightened jokes.
If this book doesn't make you feel like
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