There's no reason to hate this novel, but there are certainly plenty of reasons to feel apathetic about this formulaic work.
After the shallow, childish Lexington Larrabee crashes her luxury car into a convenience store, her father takes control of her life. He's only a parent in biological terms to Lexi, so she's just counting down until she turns 18 and takes control of her trust fund. But her father says she has to wait a year longer, which she'll spend working 52 different jobs. She'll work menial, minimum-wage jobs, and she'll be supervised by Luke, an intern from her father's company. If she doesn't work, she'll lose everything. Predictably, Lexi pouts and whines until she learns valuable lessons about work and family from a new friend. There's romance, of course, and the expected happy ending. Characters are flat and stereotyped, and there's nothing surprising in the plot. The writing is competent, though, and at least Lexington's voice is engaging enough to snare readers.
It's sure to be enjoyed by teens, but this novel is just another example of poor-little-rich-girl lit. (Fiction. 14 & up)