16 year old Paski's life turns upside down when her somewhat strange dad gets a film deal for his comics.
She moves from Taos, casual and comfy to money and prestige seeking Orange County. One might think that her mexican roots would cause her to be discriminated against, but instead it's her lack of expensive goods. She's also attracted to one of the most "popular and famous" girls in Orange County, Jessica's boyfriend.
Then, at a party she's invited to (and been warned by a new friend not to go to), she injests a date-rape drug and is pushed into a pool, causing her rival Jessica's boyfriend to save her.
The rest of the book consists of Paski and her main attraction getting together, Paski recieving visions of Jessica's demise (Paski's family has a history of visions an d such) and Paski's getting used to her new environment.
I thought this book was okay. It's nothing special. If you have to read this I'd get it from the library because it's not worth 20 bucks.
Pasquala has just moved to a new town, school, and life with her cartoonist father. She soon finds that money rules her new life and instantly misses the normality of her old regular life. Things heat up when she meets the hot Chris Cabrera - who just happens to be dating the most influential and dangerous girl at her new school, Jessica Nguyen. Soon Paski learns that "the popular students may be diverse in ethnicity but are alike in their cruelty".
I thought this book was pretty good. It was not my favorite, but I also enjoyed most of it. I didn't really like the way Paski told her story, or Paski. I didn't like how she feared and worshipped the evil Jessica so much. I like heroine's who have flaws, but are strong as well. She only seemed weak. None of the characters seemed that developed. I would rather read a the Private series by Kate Brian or the Gossip Girls books. There isn't very much explicit content in this book, but it would probably be most suitable for high school and up.
Haters is a nice story about how you can overcome hate with kindness and that it is never okay to sink down to the level of your enemies. Paski, a biker gal who loves her small New Mexico town, is suddenly uprooted and moved to the sunny beaches of L.A. when her father lands a great new job. While its a great opportunity for her dad to get rich as a cartoonist, Paski is upset that shell have to leave behind her best girlfriends and her new boyfriend.
Paskis psychic grandmother warns her that life in SoCal will not be easy, but that Paski will be able to get through it, if she just uses her gift. Her psychic gift, that is. See, Paski sometimes has visions and while she cant control them, they always come true.
When Paski and her father arrive in California, Paski finds that all is not as perfect as the manicured lawns and glamorous mansions would lead her to believe. The kids at her school have serious attitude problems, and it seems like money is everything in their shallow world. Luckily, Paski knows that there are more important things in life than who is best dressed. But she cant help but feel a need to fit in and be accepted into the popular crowd at school. Along with her problems at school, Paski has been having some very scary visions that she feels are her responsibility to stop from coming true.
While Paski is a very believable character, and she always stays true to herself, the ending of the story seemed a little picturesque for me. The ending tries to make everything perfect, which life never is. And the last couple of chapters leave a lot of loose ends regarding Paski and her conflict with Jessica Nguyen, the richest and most popular girl at school. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez does a great job of portraying Paskis spunky character, but some of the supporting characters are a little one-dimensional. Overall, I think this is a good coming-of-age story that Hispanic teens would especially enjoy.