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ISBN: 1419723707     ISBN-13: 9781419723704
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: April 2017

Wes and his best friend, Corey, were excited for jazz camp. But it turns out to be lame. It is pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. And if that weren’t lame enough, Wes and Corey are put in Gene Krupa, the band for jazz-camp bottom-feeders. 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.
Bestselling author Jesse Andrews returns in an envelope-pushing road-trip romp about the dueling pulls of freedom and attachment, and about giving yourself permission to love what you love, even if it’s Kool & the Gang. 

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bands (Music); Fiction.
Musicians; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015030408
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.72 lbs) 325 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 181141
Reading Level: 6.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 12.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q68589
Reading Level: 6.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
At a jazz camp of "mostly dudes," bass player Wes and his drummer best friend Corey meet Ash, who has her own unique musical style and refuses to play with the condescending guys. Frustrated, she leaves--and Wes and Corey go with her. What follows is both a classic road-trip novel and an inventive teen adventure that subtly addresses race, family, and socioeconomics.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #2)
he place is "mostly dudes," but then they meet Ash, one of the only girls at camp, who has her own unique musical style and flat-out refuses to play music with the condescending guys. Frustrated, she leaves—and Wes and Corey go with her. What follows is both a classic road trip novel and a contemporary and inventive teen adventure: they play (horribly) at a Chinese food buffet, hang at a commune, and almost get shot (twice!). The boys' friendship is built partly on a shared love of hating on things, and their dialogue is filled with overtly masculine humor (their "go-to trope" is "dick harm," joking that "basically, the idea is, if something is really great, we…have no choice but to do harm to our own dicks"). Ash, whose actions drive the story, is more a domineering personality than an equal member of the group, leading to authentic struggles as the three attempt to figure out their interpersonal relationships, distinctive musical sound, and identities as individuals. Issues of race, family, and socioeconomics (Wes was adopted from Venezuela as a baby; Ash's mom is French and her dad is a Brazilian billionaire/serial philanderer) play subtly throughout the book. sian gaetano

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 January #3)

After meeting at jazz camp, what might be the world's worst musical trio decides to ditch the camp and go on a road trip, determined to play at any venue that will have them. Teenage best friends Wes (bass) and Corey (drums) join up with a mercurial, dynamic girl named Ash (guitar) and head out on the highway, aiming for adventure but finding wacky hijinks and weird people. There's yelling, bad decisions, marijuana-fueled interludes, impromptu jam sessions, and way too much caffeine and junk food, and it all comes to a head when they realize it's time to face the music. Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) loads his gonzo road trip with offbeat humor, philosophical musings, and musical references and debate, augmenting the narrative with fake Wikipedia entries, flashbacks, and screenplay-format exchanges. Wes's narrative voice is casual and believable, and while not all of the stylistic quirks pay off (such as an extended "drug experience gone wrong," as Wes puts it), but as a love letter to music and following one's dreams, it's just right. Ages 13–up. Agent: Claudia Ballard, William Morris Endeavor. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 April)

Gr 10 Up—The author demonstrates his unique voice in his follow-up to the popular Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Like that debut, this work features a similar trio: a narrator, his somewhat clueless friend, and a girl who changes them both. Wes and Corey are "jazz-nerd chaff" at Bill Garabedian's Jazz Giants of Tomorrow Intensive Summer Workshop. They don't know that, of course, until they discover that this highly selective camp accepted more drummers and bassists to support other, better musicians. They're not hopeful about the next two weeks until they meet Ash, a guitarist in their ensemble who seems uninterested in playing jazz. Inevitably, the three misfits form a band and escape from camp to launch their world tour. As with most road trips, tensions rise, rivalries form, and jealousy blossoms. Ash is clearly the alpha in the group, making Wes a passive narrator. This works occasionally for the story, especially in the more surreal encounters; however, it also creates a meandering feeling that may wear out some readers. Although not every journey needs a purpose, the characters are not hugely different after what would be a life-altering event for most people. Wes learns to appreciate music rather than simply hating on it; he's a better listener. It's a subtle shift, but perhaps that's Andrews's point. VERDICT Teens who are music nerds or fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will appreciate this novel's sharp wit and playful style.—Joy Piedmont, LREI, New York

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