Title: Everything Sucks
Author: Hannah Friedman
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: HCI Teens; 1 edition (August 3, 2009)
Source: Author/ Publicist
Rating: 4.25 out of 5

My thoughts:
If I have to use just one word to describe this book, it would be “Honest”. Hannah Friedman is very upfront about everything-sex, drugs, peer pressure and so much more that teenagers deal with. What I mean by honest is that she doesn’t say I did drugs and sex at a young age and found out that it’s really bad and you shouldn’t do it and wait to find real love and all that stuff. She puts it the way it is. She delves into things that most of us would like to forget and never talk about. So in a way, I see many teenagers or probably even adults applauding her for being so upfront.

Everything Sucks is a memoir of a teenage girl, the author, who is born into a dysfunctional family. Her dad was a struggling musician and he took Hannah out of school for a year of traveling and touring. Also, she has a monkey as a sister. Just when Hannah thought she would be labeled as a freak forever, she is granted scholarship in a prestigious school, a school where all the rich kids study. Here she experiences different kind of pressure and issues.

So basically what I want to say is, you might like this book if you ever thought you would never fit in or even if you had absolutely no problems in high school ever. It’s just a funny and honest look at the authors teenage years.

I just thought I would mention that I really wouldn’t like a girl younger than 15 to read this book. But I’m not really sure. Considering how advanced today’s teenagers are, I wouldn’t be surprised if a 12 year old can relate to this book.

Also, please do watch Hannah Friedman’s YouTube channel. You’ll like it.