Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Summer, of course, is most people's favorite time for reading (being pale and whiny, I'm more of a snowy-day fan myself).
Just in time for your holiday trip is the new release from Jessica Brody, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. You don't want to miss her exciting giveaway that runs this week only, where you can win an autographed copy, a pair of Heiress Sunglasses, and a $25 gift card to Sephora. NICE!
52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.
PRAISE FOR 52 REASONS
“The #1 reason you’ll love this book? Because it’s tons of fun.” -- Bestselling author Meg Cabot
“Famous and spoiled teenage heiress Lexington Larrabee could give the Kardashians a run for their money in this opulent and fast-paced story…sharp writing and over-the-top scenes will appeal to readers looking for a fun summer read.” -- Publisher’s Weekly
“This unusual riches-to-rags tale is fun and interesting…the mysteries layered throughout, as well as the depth of the main characters, draw you in. Lexi is an obnoxious but lovable character you’ll root for!”
--Romantic Times Book Review (4 Stars!)
And now, my interview with the fabulous Jessica Brody!
Turn to page 99 of your current release: which word on that page describes your main character best, and why?
What’s the most surprising book-related thing to happen to you in the last year?
I think I’m always surprised when people email me and tell me they read and liked my book. This is book five and I’m still in a state of total denial. Am I really a writer? Do I really do this for a living? I’m just waiting for someone to be like, “Surprise! It was all a reality show! You’re not really an author!”
Do you have a quirk or detail in common with your main character (e.g., favorite food, habit, phrase)?
Lexi and both look horrible in the color mustard. This will make a lot more sense when you read page 158.
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled for book research?
Well, it’s not really a place I had to travel to but in researching this book I did work at a fast food restaurant for a day. A friend of mine owns one in Colorado (where I live part of the year) and I asked if I could train “undercover” in his restaurant so I could learn what it’s like to be an employee there. One of the more important jobs that Lexi takes on is a fast food restaurant employee so I wanted to make sure I got it just right! And I had a BLAST there! I loved working the drive thru! I was a natural!
Speaking of travel, which do you like best: planes, trains, or automobiles?
Trains! Being from the west coast, we don’t get to ride trains too often. They’re still kind of a novelty for me. So anytime I get to ride a train, I get all giddy and excited like a little kid!
In the SHADE trilogy, Aura is the first of a generation that can see ghosts. What do you think defines your generation?
I think my generation (and the one after mine) is completely defined by the internet. I grew up without it, and first used it in high school. I think I’m one of the last generations that actually remembers what it was like without the internet. And oh, what a cold, lonely place that was!
If you could bring any person back as a ghost so you could ask them about their lives, who would it be?
Anne Boleyn. That woman fascinates me! I think she and Lexi (my main character) would get along famously!
Jessica Brody is the bestselling author of The Karma Club and My Life Undecided, as well as two books for adults: The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. In researching this book, she took on several minimum wage jobs, her favorite of which was working the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. She splits her time between California and Colorado.