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Author: Jesse Andrews Narrator: Michael Crouch Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9780735209459
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From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.
Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band. 
For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.
In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • The Haters is terrific. Shocking and funny, unsettling and charming.”

    Roddy Doyle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Extremely entertaining…It’s also downright hilarious when they riff on band names, new songs, or just living life.”

    USA Today

  • “Hilarious…What The Haters excels at is describing music.”

    New York Times

  • “An uproariously funny addition to the teen-road-trip canon…which celebrates friendship and adventure.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] gonzo road trip with offbeat humor, philosophical musings, and musical references and debate…As a love letter to music and following one’s dreams, it’s just right.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Has all the requisite coming-of-age moments, with virginities and illustions lost and friendships, courage, and self-awareness found.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Truly hilarious….a teen road trip packed with music and drama.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Crouch’s comic timing makes this audiobook special, and his fresh and youthful voices will allow listeners to easily picture the characters.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Narrator Michael Crouch…captures Wes’ analytical and responsible nature, capably handling every nuance of the smart, funny writing…Crouch creates unique voices for the secondary characters as well, and his voice for Corey is particularly effective, revealing character and helping illuminate his relationship with Wes. This exploration of identity and friendship will make listeners groan with recognition and laugh out loud.”


  • A School Library Journal Best Book in Audio for 2016

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About the Author

Jesse Andrews is a writer, musician, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University and lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) has received the National Book Award, written numerous novels, short stories, plays, and essays. He has been a political activist and as Democratic candidate for Congress from upstate New York, he received the most votes of any Democrat in a half-century.