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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez Narrator: Flora Diaz Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta (Paski) knows her life is taking a turn for the worse when her cartoonist father returns to Taos from a business trip wearing designer sunglasses and a velour Juicy men’s track suit. Sure enough, Paski and her father move to Southern California, where his comic strip has been optioned for a movie.

At her new high school, Paski learns that the popular students may be diverse in ethnicity but are alike in their cruelty—especially the beautiful Jessica Nguyen. While Paski tries to concentrate on mountain biking and not thinking too much about ultra-hot Chris Cabrera, she is troubled by disturbing visions. Her psychic grandmother warned her that ignoring her gift of premonitory visions would lead to trouble. Can Paski ever find a home in the land of the glamorous haters?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Paski’s voice is breezy, adolescent, and somewhat Holden Caulfieldesque.”


  • “This modern fairy tale is filled with everything—an in-crowd, an out-crowd, life-threatening danger, perfect boyfriends, excitement, adventure, romance, the psychic/spiritual world, and a happy ending…Teen girls will love this book.”


  • “Paski’s first-person narrative is lively and honest as she faces difficult situations and learns to trust her instincts.”

    School Library Journal

  • Haters is a welcome addition to any chick-lit reading pile…Paski’s strong, but feels vulnerable about her clothes and who’s really worth being friends with, making her character believable and likeable.” 

    Chicago Sunday Sun-Times

  • “Fresh, original, and ulimately heartwarming, Haters will be passed from teen to teen as word of mouth spreads about this courageous coming-of-age story.”


  • “Valdes-Rogriguez brilliantly captures the sometimes nasty ways girls act toward each other, and she also illustrates the importance of a girl finding her inner voice if she’s ever going to learn to respect herself and others.”

    New York Post

  • “Exotic, well-defined characters clad in designer fashions, luxurious settings, dark foreshadowing, and intensely romantic scenes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “So humorous and real that readers will be hooked after the first page.”

    Library Media Connection

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Markie Price | 2/19/2014

    " this book was actually really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cassie (or Kassy) | 2/17/2014


  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Megan | 1/26/2014

    " I'm a junior high school teacher and thus feel "highly qualified" to review such a book. And as one who is uniquely aware of the social challenges and "games" adolescents play, I can say this book is a terrible picture of what life is really like for these kids. Unfortunately, I think this book would give teenagers ideas for what rude and mean and down-right cruel things they think they should be doing to one another. I really did not enjoy even one page of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maggie Hargrave | 1/19/2014

    " Paski is Mexican-American in name only. BMX, motorcross interest, and standing up to bullies, very fun, occasional serious issues mentioned "

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