Monday, November 9, 2009

The Complete History of Why I Hate Her by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Background Info:

Nola wants nothing more than a summer of her own--and a job at an upscale Maine coast resort sounds ideal. She'll have plenty of beach time between waitressing, some freedom from stresses back home, and the chance to make new friends. Enter Carly, the the perfect pal: full of jokes, ideas, energy--and experienced at being away from her mysterious family. but Carly turns out to be much more complicated than the standard summer buddy--her borderline personality can turn on Nola in a flash, and even love becomes a rivalry. As the girls' instant friendship unhinges by subtle, increasingly powerful turns, the commonplace becomes dramatic--and the outcome unforgettable.

My Two Cents:

First off, I couldn't WAIT to read this one. I was able to snag an ARC of this from The Sexiest Place on Earth! This book was a really quick read having only been 181 pages. Has anyone ever seen that movie "Single White Female"? Well that movie pretty much explains this book. Main character Nola meets Carly on her way to her summer job at a resort in Maine. They hit it off like two old pals on the way there and eventually depart to their destinations. Somehow a couple days later Carly ends up being Nola's roommate. They begin the fastest freiendship I've ever seen. They've become a dynamic duo with Carly taking the lead. Slowly but surely Carly begins spilling Nola's secrets, making her feel silly in front of their friends and more importantly Nola's crush Harrison.

Carly begins to take on things that make Nola...Nola. She wants to run, she wears Nola's clothes, she cuts her hair exactly like her, she contacts Nola's dying sister. Pretty damn creepy if you ask me! There's a huge blowup at the end courtesy of Carly and Nola is forced to make some hard choices. For me the ending was a bit abrupt. A couple of my questions went unanswered. All in all I liked reading about Crazy Carly's (as I've nicknamed her) antics. She was completely nuts but soo entertaining. Hopefully there's a part two!

Something to Think About:

Carly found it easy to take over Nola's identity. She just didn't know how to be herself...which is sad. My question is how do you see yourself? What makes you who you are?

Rating: 3 1/2 OUT OF 5 Stars

Side note: This ARC will now continue on to The Princess Bookie ARC Tour hosted by my buddy Cindy!


  1. Nicely done Keyona....the blog looks wonderful!

  2. Hey! You're part of the Gone 1 ARC tour. Can you email me at bookchicclub-at-gmail-dot-com as soon as you can for further info? I can't find your email address on here.

  3. Your blog title got my attention. I would recommend Gift of Shame to you by Sophie Hope-Walker.

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  4. I hadn't heard of this book before. It actually sounds pretty good. I'll be on the look out for more reviews from you!

  5. Nice review, I was curious about this one :)


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