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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez Narrator: Flora Diaz Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781594838019
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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.”

    Kliatt

  • “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.”

    VOYA

  • “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.”

    BookPage

  • “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 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 Cassie (or Kassy) | 2/17/2014

    " LOVE THIS BOOK.READ IT NOW. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlee | 1/12/2014

    " This book was amazing i hated to finish it and literally sat on the edge of my seat till the end of this book. I didnt want to read this because of the bland description they gave but i found that i had owned this book and decided since i own it why not give it a shot and im soo soo glad that I did because it was so amazing and i think everyone can relate i loved the charecters expecially Paski and Chris and i even liked Andrew despite his imperfections personality wise. And the twins were very cute and funny and made me laugh at how silly they can be what can i say besides the fact that i really loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Judovits | 1/10/2014

    " Amazing. I was able to get inside the main character and I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karrington | 12/31/2013

    " fantastic fabulus thee best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssam Morales | 12/24/2013

    " I read this book back in 8th grade and thought this book was amazing!! To this day I still consider it one of my fav books of all time!! Warning though this book does require maturity due to the small sex scene in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Chen | 12/14/2013

    " it was an awesome read! my friend let me borrow it, and it was amazing! rated 5 stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sade | 12/1/2013

    " LUVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dis is a really good book, a little of a hispanic life with the city life, and the ending is really cute "you are so hot!!!!!" lol smetimes i do dat in da hallways at school its funni, but anyways its a good boook "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 11/26/2013

    " A good "easy" read that touches on about every teen subject imaginable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 $cяёaм Ёмz! | 10/25/2013

    " OMG I loved loved loved it! Paski is such a brave girl....but when it comes to the haters, she is pretty nervous. But I really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/25/2013

    " Def. a High School Flash back kinda read. With different drama! She is a really fresh writer, current. Great fiction read for a junior or senior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Sider | 8/26/2013

    " very good book. Lots of detail. Disturbing at some parts. very good writing. Amazing book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Izzie4life | 5/23/2013

    " I AM CURRENTLY READING AND ITS OK I GUESS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/25/2012

    " nice book and is very realiestic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 8/22/2012

    " This is a perfect summer/beach read. Read it in about a day. Super light. Mean girls meets charmed. Entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ☆•Käthÿÿ•☆ | 7/14/2012

    " This book got my attention at the beginning but then when I started reading it. It was not my type of book, so I'm not sure if I would recommend this book to anyone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xochilt | 5/29/2012

    " This was really good for a young adult novel. The lead character seemed to be really level headed and approached all obstacles in the story with the right amount of rebellion. I liked her. Definitely a must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 11/30/2011

    " A wonderful young adult read. A hispanic girl from Taos moves to the OC and meets up with the popular crowd the "haters". Wonderflly honest about how teens think and feel without being preachy yet stll imparting good lessons. A wonderful first YA book highly reccomended to all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Addie | 5/30/2011

    " was a great book but there was a sex scene in it that was a litte bit graphic. personally i didn't think it was needed, but hey other than that it was an ok boo. more of a teenager finds love type thing. And her journey. on finding love. err? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 3/28/2011

    " it was an awesome read! my friend let me borrow it, and it was amazing! rated 5 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Markie | 2/12/2011

    " this book was actually really good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackelyn | 9/24/2010

    " so far it is a really good book it realtes to alot of things tht are ging on now.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 8/31/2010

    " MY FAVE BOOK OF ALL TIME!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 8/23/2010

    " This book was kind of like a serious case of mean girls. But I did enjoy it. But something i hated hated about it was how many times the main character said she was going to cry and never did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mellissa | 8/9/2010

    " I think the author did well hitting the right note of teen lingo and latino culture. It was an easy listen.
    I didn't like (SPOILER) that the main character sold out. She initially appreciated herself and people for their differences and then assimilated herself in every way. Boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 3/15/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/1/2010

    " Def. a High School Flash back kinda read. With different drama! She is a really fresh writer, current. Great fiction read for a junior or senior. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Softballgirl128 | 1/27/2010

    " Best bk, i;ve read it 5 times "

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About the Author

Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and Playing with Boys, among other novels. She is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and Pulitzer-nominated former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. She has written and sold pilot scripts to Nickelodeon, NBC, and Lifetime Television, as well as a teen crossover feature film based on The Kindred.