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Hail Caesar (Push) by Thu Huong Ha

Hail Caesar (Push) (edition 2007)

by Thu Huong Ha

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Title:Hail Caesar (Push)
Authors:Thu Huong Ha
Info:Push (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 292 pages
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Reviewed by Long Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

HAIL CAESAR is the story of the big-shot. That one guy everyone knows or knows of and can't help respecting, loving, wanting to be or to be with. PUSH Writing Intern alumna Thu-Huong Ha began writing HAIL CAESAR when she was fifteen years old, winning her internship and finishing her book at seventeen. She is part of a new generation of young writers whose talent exceeds their age by years and years and showcases writing ability and wisdom seldom common in contemporary teenage voices today.

John, known to everyone else as Caesar, is the most popular guy around. He can't be touched, he gets what he wants and does what he wants. Life is good for him. He has nothing to worry about. Caesar believes he has everything but realizes everything in his eyes doesn't mean what it once used to. Not since Eva appeared, at least.

Eva, the new student who doesn't see Caesar as social royalty. No, to her he's just a normal everyday asshole. Eva is witty, spontaneous, immovable, and outright antagonistic. Through experiences with Eva, Caesar learns to ask himself questions and be more open with himself about his own feelings, leaving one to believe: does Caesar really have feelings after all? Eva changes Caesar. She changes everything. But the question she has him asking himself is: is all of this change really beneficial, or just a detriment in the end?

Thu-Huong Ha models a narrative of a guy who is on top of world but doesn't feel it anymore. The voice she creates is sunny, methodical, deep, and classically misunderstood. With her debut novel, HAIL CAESAR, Thu-Huong Ha enters the world of a young-adult audience with explosions and purpose and great effect. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
This is a classic story of a young man who thinks he has it all which includes his good looks, talents, and charm. He has the mentality of a player who thinks he could get any girl until he meets a young girl who turns the tables around as she sees passed his game.

It's a great story for all teens and some may learn that you can't have everything. ( )
  rocortez | May 4, 2009 |
John “Caesar” Miller knows he’s the coolest guys around. Guys want to be him. Girls want to be with him—and by that he means they want to have sex with him. Caesar believes that he deserves everything and everyone he gets, and that he doesn’t have to care for them in return.

Until he meets the new girl, Eva. From the start he knows there’s something different about her. It’s not just that she’s smart AND beautiful AND doesn’t immediately fall for him; he’s also able to talk to her in a way he’s never been able to talk before. Caesar can’t decide what to do. Should he continue on with his old but easy lifestyle of hooking up with dozens of girls? Or should he actually, finally grow a heart and learn to love a little?

Written by a 17-year-old girl, HAIL CAESAR is a realistic portrayal of the mind of a kind of person whose mind usually isn’t penetrable. Some might be disappointed with the non-ending but I think that it is just like real life. This is a good book to read if you’re in between some more heavy reading. ( )
  stephxsu | Jun 17, 2008 |
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Winner of the PUSH Novel Contest, a searing portrait of a 17-year-old boy . . . written by a 16-yr-old girl.

Caesar thinks he can't be touched by anything or anyone. Boys idolize him. Girls lust after him. And he has power over them, because he doesn't care about any of them . . . until the new girl comes along, and turns Caesar's world upside down.
A funny, honest, in-your-face portrait of a guy who has to learn to stop being a legend in his own mind.

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Everyone wants to be Caesar's friend and he doesn't care about anybody, until a new girl comes to town and turns his life upside down.

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