Who wants to move during high school? Certainly not HaileyHarper, whose father has a new job in Los Angeles. Leaving New York is dauntingenough, but it’s especially bad for Hailey, who’s always felt invisible atschool. She’s pretty, she has friends, she likes art—but she isn’t in thepopular crowd.
As Hailey is packing for the move, she finds a journalbelonging to her older sister, who’s away at college. The journal is called“How to Be a Hater.” Has Hailey found the Bible of coolness? Quite possibly. Armedwith the journal and her sister’s hand-me-down skinny jeans and ballet flats,Hailey takes on a whole new persona for her first week at West Hollywood High,and she is quickly noticed by Skyler and her crew, the most popular girls atschool. It doesn’t take long for Skyler to decide Hailey is an asset to thegroup, and it doesn’t take Hailey long to realize this group of girls is mean,mean, mean. She quickly sheds her hater persona and makes new friends, girlswho are deemed unacceptable by Skyler. Soon Hailey and her group are plottingto dethrone Skyler and give her a taste of her own medicine.
With the help of the journal and their own creativity,Hailey and her friends grow stronger. Skyler’s ex even falls for Hailey. Butwhat she doesn’t bargain for is how good being a hater feels. Skyler deservesit, doesn’t she?