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by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

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When Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta (Paski)'s cartoonist father returns to Taos from a business trip wearing designer sunglasses and a velour Juicy men's track suit, she knows her life is taking a turn for the worse. Paski and her father move to Southern California, where his comic strip has been optioned for a movie.

At her new high school, money


When Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archuleta (Paski)'s cartoonist father returns to Taos from a business trip wearing designer sunglasses and a velour Juicy men's track suit, she knows her life is taking a turn for the worse. Paski and her father move to Southern California, where his comic strip has been optioned for a movie.

At her new high school, money is everything and the haters rule - especially beautiful and cruel 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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like the film Mean Girls, Valdes-Rodriguez's (The Dirty Girls Social Club, for adults) first YA novel offers a hip, contemporary close-up view of power struggles and social cliques at an upper-crust high school. Paski (short for Pasquala), a native of Taos, N. Mex., gets a dose of culture shock when she moves to Orange County, Calif., with her cartoonist father, who has just landed a plum animator job. The 16-year-old soon finds out that in her new environs, wealth and outer beauty seem to count for everything. ("The cars the kids drive are nicer than the cars grown-ups drive back in Taos," Paski observes when she catches her first glimpse of Aliso Niguel High.) Trouble arises when Paski's biking skills and good looks catch the notice of heartthrob Chris Cabrera, who dates Jessica Nguyen, the most popular (and feared) girl in the school. At the same time that Jessica threatens her ("Stay away from Chris or you'll be very, very sorry," the girl warns), Paski has a premonition that something terrible is going to happen to Jessica during an upcoming race. The appeal of the novel comes from the author's mix of alluring elements exotic, well-defined characters clad in designer fashions, luxurious settings, dark foreshadowing and intensely romantic scenes. Although the ending reflects fulfilled desires rather than real life, readers will likely take delight in seeing the good guys and the bad guys get exactly what they deserve. Ages 15-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - C. J. Bott
Pasquala Rumalda Quintana has to move from Taos, New Mexico, to Orange County, California, when her father gets a movie contract for his graphic novels. Paski, a confident, athletic, and intelligent junior, is both repulsed and intrigued by the very wealthy and beautiful in-crowd labeled the Haters by the rest of the school's students. Ending her first week at an exclusive party, Paski nearly dies after being slipped the date-rape drug and pushed into the swimming pool semi-conscious by Jessica, the self-crowned Queen "B." This modern fairy tale is filled with everything-an in crowd, an out crowd, life-threatening dangers, perfect boyfriends, excitement, adventure, romance, the psychic/spiritual world, and a happy ending. Although in this escape novel, money is the great equalizer, and the story ends with Paski dreaming of her own Mercedes. There is one well-scripted sex scene that stops short of intercourse-although not orgasms-but there are also talks among girlfriends as well as between Paski and her father about waiting for love and a preparatory trip to a Planned Parenthood clinic. The wide range of cultures creates a nice change from most young adult novels. Teen girls will love this book.
Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
Teens who clue into cool books about young girls struggling to fit into a new school, fend off peer pressure, scope out hot guys, and tolerate clueless parents will love this book. Readers looking for plausible plots, in-depth character development, and social consciousness that goes beyond the surface level should keep looking. This novel tells the story of Paski Archuleta, who must adjust to her new life in Orange County at a high school where your popularity is based on your beauty, your income, and your willingness to submit to the reigning queen, the wicked Jessica Nguyen. Paski is not obsessed with being in—she prefers mountain biking to finding the right look—but she becomes a target once she attracts the attention of Jessica's boyfriend Chris. This novel has some unique twists, like her father moving to LA to animate movies, her grandmother being a psychic, and Paski herself having the gift. But there is also the petty "my dad is so clueless" and self-absorption of the main character. Issues like Japanese Interment, multinational companies, and environmentalism are woven into the story in a trendy but superficial way. The ending is a tour-de-force of wish fulfillment. Paski gets to replace the national youth champion, Jessica Nguyen, in a regional motorcross race without even having to qualify. She gets her man, who kindly buys her a new bike for the race. And her father is about to come into millions of dollars and is deep into a new girlfriend after very little time to build a relationship. Having said all of this, I am fully aware that many young girls will eat this book up. It has all of the flash, fashion, glamour, and teen tension that typifies Chick Lit forteens. So, if you are up for a fun light read, check it out.
This is chick-lit for high school girls, or more accurately, chica-lit. The names may be Hispanic, but the themes are familiar. Outsider girl Pasquala, age 16, a sleeping beauty, tries to make a place for herself in a new high school in affluent southern California. She doesn't want to be there, but her father, who is apparently experiencing a second childhood, has dragged her there. She is attracted to a god-like rich boy already claimed by the evil queen of the school social elite. "Paski" is interesting and different because she rides her bicycle like a trick pony, making it jump and buck, bouncing over hills and vales, and doing wheelies while shutting out the world by blasting music on her iPod. And, oh yes, she's psychic, like her grandmother, and has inconvenient visions, which she tries to disregard. Throw in that the evil social queen is a Vietnamese supermodel motocross champion, a few psychopathic flunkies, references to Japanese internment camps during WW II, stir the pot, and this entertaining story emerges. Paski's voice is breezy, adolescent, and somewhat Holden Caulfieldesque (she's attuned to what's phony and what's real, and she's also interested in losing her virginity to the right guy). The theme of being true to yourself and your own interests and going for the gold are always relevant to teens. However, like any romantic novel with a plucky heroine, credibility gets stretched to the limit in order to create a completely satisfying ending. But, hey, who says all literature has to be deep? KLIATT Codes: S*--Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students. 2006, Little, Brown, 352p., $16.99.. Ages 15 to 18.
—Myrna Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-When her counter-culture artist dad makes a film deal for his comic strip, 16-year-old Paski moves from comfy Taos, NM, to Orange County, CA. Her down-to-earth lifestyle hasn't prepared her for the pace of money-conscious southern California, or for the perfect-looking, incredibly wealthy teenagers who rule the school. Here, she is discriminated against not for being Mexican American, but for her digs (a luxury apartment). During a raucous party, her escort slips a date-rape drug in her soda, and she is pushed into the pool by beautiful, popular, and unflinchingly ruthless Jessica, resulting in a hospital visit. Still, Paski can't ignore the sizzling attraction she feels toward Jessica's boyfriend or the persistent visions (it's the family gift) that she's been having of Jessica wiping out during a motocross race. Valdes-Rodriguez includes all of the snarky hip commentary and girl-friend focus that defined her titles for adults, packing in explicit descriptions of clothing, home d cor, and sex. Paski's first-person narrative is lively and honest, as she faces difficult situations and learns to trust her instincts. Her relationship with her permissive, doting father is described with humor and warmth. Basically, this is a chick-lit version of magical realism, as Paski, the golden Latina, uses her fabulous good looks, super mountain-biking skills, and psychic visions to arrive at the top of the heap.-Carol A. Edwards, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Confident, athletic and acutely psychic Paski must deal with a new world when her cartoonist father uproots her from sleepy Taos, N.M., moving to Orange County, Calif. Paski finds much there to enjoy, but can't avoid dealing with three popular girls who have money, looks and power and who hate her on sight. Worse, she's falling in love with the boyfriend of Jessica, leader of the pack. Even worse, Paski has enormous talent in motocross, the sport in which Jessica is the world famous national champion. As events unfold, Paski learns that people are not always as they seem, and that hatred can be deadly. The zippy prose and dialogue ring true, peppered with comic scenes involving Paski's insecure father. This first YA offering from veteran author Valdes-Rodriguez has the potential to reach a wide audience, although its length will discourage many reluctant readers who might otherwise enjoy it. (Fiction. YA)

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is the New York Times bestselling adult author of The Dirty Girls Social Club, Playing with Boys, and Make Him Look Good. She is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and a former staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. Haters is her first young adult novel.

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Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
Keionna Newton Per.3 In the book ¿Haters¿, a seventeen year old girl named Pasquala, Paski for short, lives with her father in New Mexico. Meanwhile, Paski¿s dad had just received a call from a few movie directors from Hollywood, proclaiming that they wanted to make a movie out of her dad¿s comic books called ¿Squeegee Man.¿ Paski knew she was in for something as soon as her dad started dressing and acting like one of those preppy rich parents that you would see on a reality show on TV. Then a couple of days later, he announces that they¿d be moving to California and that he had already registered Paski at a new high school there. Immediately Paski freaks out because she wants to stay home in New Mexico with her family and friends but she knew there was already no chance. Reluctantly, she says good bye to all her friends and heads out on a week long drive with her dad to California. Paski at first has a hard time adapting to the differences in California and her new school, especially all the rich, preppy, and snobby kids there were at her school. Paski, later on in the story, sort of gets into trouble with the ¿popular¿ girls at school, also known as the haters, when she tries to fit in to be like everyone else. Then she realizes that she just needed to be herself and not care what everyone else thought. That it didn¿t matter if they didn¿t like her, because it was who she was. After realizing this, she makes many friends, including a new boyfriend, Chris. I really enjoyed reading this book and it especially sparked my interest because of the message included in it: to be yourself. You shouldn¿t change yourself just because some people don¿t like who you are. That being you is the best you can be. I thought that was a really good and strong message to send out to people. Another thing I enjoyed about this book was all the humor and emotion included in the text. It¿s like one of those books that are so intriguing, you never want to put it down and I actually felt kind of disappointed when it ended.
ChristmasTreesandLemonade More than 1 year ago
Haters by Alisa Valdes - Rodriguez published by Little Brown and Company in 2006 through Hachette Book Group USA New York City. Haters written by Alisa Valdes ¿ Rodriguez is a teen novel based on a girl name Pasquala Rumalda Quintana de Archulata or Paski for short. Paski is your average teenager helping out at her grandmother¿s business which is a fortune/future telling business , going to school, hanging out with her boyfriend and friends, having visions and hearing Ghost just as her Grandmother and just being a teenager. Then one day her life changes suddenly when her dad comes backs from a two ¿ week business trip from Los Angles California wearing designer sunglass a Juicy Couture men¿s tracksuit and announces they are moving out there house in the city of Toa which she has lived in since she was a child to and apartment in Los Angles California for a job offer to make Squeegee Man a comic created by her father into a television series. California brings nothing but drama for Paski attending a rich school where she has no place to fit in, being an apartment girl, having to deal with a snobby popular rich girl that is out to completely destroy her life after being dumped her popular boyfriend so he could date Paski , two semi- annoying twin neighbors who seem to always be around , a crazy father in her eyes) who has great interest in being ¿hip or cool¿ and endless new and embarrassing experiences to fill a whole book which Alisa Valdes ¿ Rodriguez obviously does in such a enticing, mind bogging, suspenseful, and just flat out amazing way. I never in my life thought that a book titled Haters could have had such an impact on me! Just as Paski forgave someone who happened to awe full enough to attempts to get her under the influence or hurt in any way. Haters has taught me forgiveness is a key point in one¿s life. Acceptance is another big part of this book Paski accepted her future and actually took a liking to her new and upcoming life. If I was to recommend this book to anyone they reader in my opinion would be between the age of twelve and sixteen. Because a reader under the age of twelve would be reading about stuff that should be unknown them, I believe that anyone over the age of sixteen would not enjoy the book to its fullest because in a way a teen age reader could find a link while some one older in age might not be able to in my opinion. I give this book a four out of five stars because as much as I enjoyed it and feel as though many people withier male or female would enjoy this book.
Jessica Aleksandrowicz More than 1 year ago
Until I read the reviews. Kidding. Sort of. As you read it, you're not cognizant of any sloppiness or political references or 'fat people jokes.' It's a killer read with just a dash of magical realism, an inspiringly brave teenage protagonist, and a driven plot that makes you want to read cover to cover nonstop. I remember relating it to my life in a thousand different ways, so I think any teenage girl could read this book and be blissfully pleased afterwards - especially because the ending is so uplifting :)
karicaturas13 More than 1 year ago
Too cliche and predictable but overall, it wasn't too bad. It was actually pretty funny.
Sonya Curry-Elder More than 1 year ago
this book was awesome and i had no problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I litterally fell in love with his book i read it in four days and why isnt this a movi already?!
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"It felt like a brand new tube of toothpaste" one of those OMG!! Moments... lol read it when i was in middle school and my mom had read it first and when i read that part i was like..."um....should i be reading this?" But that is only how far it goes just about but it gets fnnier after that. Get it and read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in high school and loooved it!
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Bought this book for my niece teen. I read first we loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice and I find it very relatable, especially if your a teenager going through that awkward time. The plot was kind of predictable, but there is some twists to it. It's hard to put down when you start reading it. So basically it's about this girl named Paski who moves to Aliso Viejo, California and needs to become acclimated with her surroundings since she moved from Taos, New Mexico. She encounters the "haters" and gets it some mishaps along the way, while she is still trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs (clique wise). I recommend this book if you like high school drama and where the underdog stands up the queen bee. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR EVERY TEENAGER!!! :)
patricia deleon More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, i hope that they have a sequel
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aj95 More than 1 year ago
Though most of the book takes place in Orange County, it's not about the stereotypical, skanky rich girls like you might presume. It's about Paski, who has a seemingly normal life back in New Mexico (minus the physical visions), like any other teenage girl. A boyfriend, best friends, the whole package. Until her dad has to move to O.C for his comics, being picked up for a movie. "Haters" is about Paski adjusting to her new life of friends, a boyfriend and mean girls. Orange County is a completely different culture than she's used to. "Haters" is really good book for teen girls. And unlike other teen books, it can be relatable to all types of girls; whether your interest is art, fashion, or sports. "Haters", has it all. I recommend you check it out!