Reader Reviewed Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie

Because You Love to Hate Me

Written by Ameriie

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In a Nutshell: Killer-concept short story collection This variety pack of edgily villainous short stories by an array of top YA talents thrills, enthralls and thoroughly entertains.

Short stories regularly get the (erm…) short straw. They’re all too often overlooked in favour of their long-form siblings. But this blast of brilliant writing showcases the smartness of shorter form YA fiction and, moreover, this is no ordinary anthology. Each of the thirteen tales is enhanced with exploratory commentary by top book tubers and bloggers, creating a kaleidoscope of alternate perspectives on villains and villainy. The stories themselves cover pretty much every genre and mood, from fantasy and fairytale reinvention by Ameriie, to top class contemporary writing by Nicola Yoon (other notable contributors include Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab and Samantha Shannon). Thought-provoking and fun, this is perfect for dipping into, and for deepening an understanding of what it means to be a villain. ~ Joanne Owen

“Readers today are more interactive with authors and one another than ever,” says Ameriie, who dreamed up this project and will contribute a story and foreword as well as edit the anthology. “The booktube community on YouTube has exploded in the last two years, energizing hundreds of thousands of readers around the world, the majority of whom read YA.”

Reader Reviews

Teens and YA's love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Olivia Tierney - 'Enticingly evil, these 13 tales of villainy are all wickedly delightful. These tales both put new perspective on beloved famous villains and create new ones which will stay with you after finishing.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 13 - 'Because You Love to Hate Me is an interesting and original book full of short tales about the villains who make a story, and how the tale looks very different from their perspective.    
  • Izzy Read, age 16 - 'Each story is cleverly crafted and due to the nature of its format, ‘Because You Love to Hate Me’ is an effortless read.'
  • Susie Holm, age 16 - 'A collection of fun but twisted short stories that seriously mess with your mind.'
  • Safiyah Davenport - 'Because You Love To Hate Me, is a book that is promising in theory, looking at the mindsbehind the villains is an area many authors have not fully ventured down.'
    Edel Waugh - 'This was really fun and I loved the way it was told from the author and booktubers perspective. I would love to see more books like this, the villains really thrived in this book! Long live the villain!'
  • Laura Solomon, age 14 - '13 compelling stories from 13 artists...This book will have you questioning every character you have ever met and every book you have ever read.'
  • William Longlands, age 13 - 'I liked some of the stories...there is a good mix of different types of villains so there should be something for everyone.'
  • Hannah Gumbley, age 14 - 'The collection if stories is a riveting rollercoaster of nefarious adventures.'


Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie

A unique collection of short stories edited by Grammy-nominated YouTube star Ameriie featuring stories from some of the biggest names both in YA publishing and on YouTube. Because You Love to Hate Me pairs one booktuber with one author to write stories from the point of view of famous villains. With contributions from New York Times bestselling authors and booktubers with a collective reach of more than a million subscribers, this will be a must-have collection for YA readers.

Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world. In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view. These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like Medusa, Sherlock Holmes, and Jack and the Beanstalk provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from ...

Authors: Renee Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).


An explosively entertaining joy ride of villainous goodness. Kirkus Reviews

About the Author


Ameriie is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and lifestyle bon vivant. The daughter of a Korean artist and an American military officer, she was born in Massachusetts, raised all over the world, and graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's in English. She began writing at the age of seven, stories of fairies and pirates and witches and phantoms. She lives mostly in her imagination, but also on Earth with her husband, her parents and sister, and about seven billion other people. When she isn't writing or creating music, she talks books, beauty, and more on her YouTube channel Books Beauty Ameriie.

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Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

13th July 2017




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