Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.
52 reasons is a light-hearted read with that fairytale ending that everyone loves. It has now become one of my favourite books of all time, because of all the trouble Lexi was put through. I got so into the book that I didn't want to put it down which is one of the best things about a book.
Lexington Larrabee is the most determined character I have seen in a while. When she wanted or decided to do something she gets it or does it. At the beginning Lexi's only goal is to turn 18 and get that all important check to her trust fund so she can party with her friends T and Jia, go on a cruise and leave her family behind. However after crashing her $500,000 custom made car into a convenience store the day after getting it Lexi's life changes for the worst.
Lexi's rich-girl persona is strong throughout the books and when she starts to delve into what happened the night her mother died she finds out something shocking and we start to see one of the reasons she acts like a spoilt brat.
We get glimpses of Lexi's job experiences and her status reports to Luke which are really fun to read, they show Lexi's attitude and her sarcastic wit and how Lexi starts to change and starts to make the most of her situation instead of complaining about them. While doing one of her jobs she becomes friends with another employee and he take's her to his home and Lexi learns what being a family truly is and after a little pep talk from him Lexi starts to embrace it and starts to enjoy her 52 low wage jobs even though she is still wearing wigs to disguise who she really is. I was surprised at how different Lexi felt towards doing the jobs after her talk with Rolando at the end than she was at the beginning.
My favourite part of the book is when Lexi wants to go to Vegas for her 18th birthday party and after trying everything from using her private plane to trying to buy a plane ticket she is still not able to get there because her father had cancelled her cards and frozen her bank accounts, she calls one of her friends and tells them she can't go so her friend sends a car to pick her up. The next day Lexi arrives at her dads lawyers office for her first day of her first job really hungover and she ends up throwing up on the lawyer.
I absolutely loved 52 reasons because there is so much to the story than you think when you first start reading it. There's a spoilt teen, a workaholic father who is never around, an annoying publicist, a lawyer who Lexi thinks acts like her dad and a shocking family secret.
52 reasons is a hilarious, heartfelt and fun read that will make you laugh and possibly even cry. I highly recommend this book to anyone who truly appreciates a great book.