Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Book Review: Best Friends Forever by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Best Friends...Forever?, by Krysten Lindsay Hager
2015, 212p, Clean YA Contemporary Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her besties make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.

Landry gets her first boyfriend, but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry has to deal with learning how to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American IngĂ©nue modeling competition.

I enjoyed the first book in this series. You can read my review here. I liked this book even more! I'm not gonna lie--every so often I just enjoy sitting back and reading a book with some drama. And we all know the teenage years are full of plenty of that!

In the first book, I was impressed with the way Landry handled the situations she was in. She dealt with jealousy and backstabbing, frenemies, finding a new place to fit in and she was starting to become interested in boys. This book is a continuation of the first and she finds herself in many of those same situations.

She has a friend who likes to make snide comments about her modeling or anything that points out her positive attributes. Another friend does something shady and manages to turn a few people on Landry when she has the courage to tell the other friend what's going on. She has a boyfriend who dumps her due to peer pressure. There were times that she definitely felt alone and confused. 

Landry is likable. As an adult, it's easy to see who the best friends would be for her. But as a teen, she's full of conflicting emotions and past loyalties and is still trying to figure out who she is. She hangs around a variety of people so we see different events in teenage life and there's always something interesting happening. I loved the ending and am looking forward to more of Landry's story, especially since high school is on the horizon!

Author Biography

Krysten Lindsay Hager is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series about  friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. True Colors is an international bestselling book. Krysten is book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. 


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