Author: Mark SaFranko
Rating: 2 out of 3 stars

Hating Olivia is not a conventional novel. It’s not all wine and roses. It speaks about a period in all of our lives where we think no-one and nothing can touch us. Especially when it comes to relationships. You know, that one relationship where everyone is telling you to stay away, run, high-tail it out of there. Yet we think we know what is best for us and ignore all advice thrown our way.

Max falls in love with a girl (Olivia) who could not be more wrong for him and his feelings of everyday life. Not only does he think a real job is above him, he is now involved with a girl with the same feelings. They spend all day in bed, “writing” (though neither of them write anything more than a few pages), and spend all their money on things they clearly cannot afford.

The story is told from Max’s point of view, and you learn very early on that he is very self-indulgent and believes he is above everything around him. He gets fired from job after job, even his paper delivery route which he thought was perfect for him as he didn’t have to deal with people in the dark hours. I found myself feeling bad for him while reading this book. Poor thing was so misguided and fell in love with the worst possible girl for him. However, as I kept reading the book, I stopped feeling bad and just took pity on him. No matter how many people gave him sound advice about work, women and being an adult, he kept thinking like a 15 year old. As long as he had sex and a couch he was happy.

I found myself enjoying this book. It was whiny and self-indulgent, but intriguing.  I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next, what job he would be fired from, and what his girlfriend Olivia would end up coming home with next. The language used in this book is not for the weak at heart. It’s harsh and real. The sex scenes sometimes are a bit jarring, but let’s be real, nothing unheard of. As long as you can read past that (while a big portion of the book deals with sex) you will enjoy this book.

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Publishing Details
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Date: November 16, 2010
ISBN13: 9780061979194
ISBN: 0061979198

BINC: 3180933

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