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Haters Chat

September 4, 2007
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*We recently did a chat on Alisa Vades-Rodriguez’s Haters.

Book Synopsis: 16 year old Paski moves from the sleepy town of Taos, New Mexico to flashy southern California. She must adjust to her father’s mid-life crisis as well as the over-achieving rich kids at her new high school. (The book takes place Aliso Niguel High, check out the heated discussion from real students on amazon.com.)

 

 

Gayle: soooo….Haters!

Jolene: Yeah I liked it. Very hip.

Trisha: I have mixed feelings about it. Liked some parts, didn’t like others.

Gayle: I thought it was a fun read

Gayle: Not exactly earth shattering with a social message but fun for the most part

Jolene: Yes a fast fun read. I liked the idea of race not being an issue.

Trisha: Me too! That’s probably what I liked best.

Gayle: I liked the humor about the dad’s car and his friends.

Jolene: Yeah that was interesting.

Trisha: It’s been, like, six months or so since I read it, so I’m not sure how much I remember.

Jolene: Kinda stereotypical though.

Gayle: Jessica Nguyen was the best nemesis.

Gayle: I liked how her house was a shrine to her

Jolene: She was hella crazy yo.

Jolene: She reminded me of a crazed Korean soap opera character.

Gayle: I could totally see Haters: the movie.

Jolene: Yes definately. Just like Bratz the movie.

Gayle: Instead of High School Musical 2, it could have been Haters with the same cast of characters replacing Ashley Tisdale with Brenda Song.

Jolene: Haters the musical? Hmm very interesting.

Trisha: That would be interesting.

Trisha: Instead of singing on the basketball court, singing on the motocross…uh, whatever you call it.

Gayle: In general I think Haters is a pretty cliched story but with a multi-cultural cast of characters.

Jolene: True.

Gayle: Though race wasn’t a real issue it was sort of around to propel Haters into the realm of multi-cultural literature.

Gayle: You know what bugged me right?

Trisha: But that’s what I liked about it.

Trisha: The Japanese neighbor?

Gayle: I’m such a hater, but I hated the stuff about the Japanese American neighbor.

Gayle: I was like wtf?

Trisha: Yeah, I wondered how she knew Japanese.

Gayle: or wth?

Trisha: But her romance with Paski’s father was cute.

Gayle: I speak conversational Japanese. So I was like yeah grandma’s ghost isn’t making any sense Paski, it’s not only you who doesn’t understand her.

Jolene: Yeah I was wondering if the translation was correct.

Jolene: The whole tie in was a little strange. It felt like it was put there to show how diverse California is.

Trisha: Especially with the hapa [Hawaiian slang; used to mean half Caucasian-half Asian, but now generally refers to mixed race] sons.

Jolene: Yes good point.

Gayle: So I guess Haters fills a niche of fluffy multi-cultural literature but it’s not going to win any awards for diversity.

Jolene: Yeah the diversity wasn’t really authentic for me.

Gayle: Will either of you put it on your favorites list?

Trisha: It’s not a favorite, but I would probably recommend it to a teen.

Jolene: Yeah I would recommend it to teens.

Jolene: But not on my ultimate favorites list.

Trisha: And I’d also list it on a multicultural booklist. I liked it better than some other, less fluffy, books out there.

Gayle: Fair enough, good as an option.

Jolene: I agree it’s fluffy with an edge.

Gayle: I don’t think I could booktalk it too well.

Trisha: Hmm, how about something along the lines of: A lot of people want to move to LA. Not Paski. She loves living in Taos, New Mexico, but unfortunately, the choice is not up to her…

 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2007 5:28 pm

    Ok, that was awesome. You guys should do more of these!

  2. Gayle permalink*
    September 5, 2007 9:43 pm

    Thanks Jackie. We probably will post more chats in the future.

  3. Jolene permalink*
    September 6, 2007 12:37 pm

    Thanks Jackie! It was fun doing it. We went on a tangent towards the end about banned books, which we might post during banned books week.

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