Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager

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Competing with the Star, by Krysten Lindsay Hager
2016, 232p, YA Contemporary
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…

Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams—Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.

A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…

After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend—who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.

The past is the past—or so they say…

Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe—especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.

Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star?

This is the second book in this series. Hadley met Simone, a former teen TV star, in the first book. She also met Nick, who confused her. At the beginning of this book, they are just starting to date and it's a bit awkward at first. Hadley is insecure around him but he's patient with her and continues to show her she can trust him. Just as she's starting to feel secure in their relationship, she overhears a conversation which turns everything upside down.

This book was more about Hadley and Nick's relationship and I liked it a little bit more. Reliving the awkward teen years is always fun. Nick is easy to fall in love with! He makes mistakes, some of which were humorous to me, and finds a way to make things right with Hadley. I loved how their relationship developed and it felt real--their emotions and reactions to certain situations were perfect.

Hadley forms some new friendships in this book. Some of the girls who played a larger role in the first book don't appear as much in this one. Again, there are some mean girls who aren't very likable and don't treat Hadley well at all. It's interesting to see how she deals with each of them. This is a fun series to read and I'm looking forward to reading more!

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“Hadley our teenage heroine has many of the insecurities, which inflict most of us at this young age…A lovely story, with some good lessons about friendship, self-esteem and relationships, perfectly pitched for teen/young adult readers.” From author Jane Hunt.

“…Hager’s main character is representative of every teenage girl. The author really nailed the reality of a young girl’s early high school years. I think this is a valuable read for girls ages 12-18.” Review from Readers’ Favorite book reviews.

“…The story gives you so much insight into the minds of teenage girls and makes you realize that deep down, everyone has the same insecurities and everyone goes through the same things in life. Despite these insecurities and fears, the main character stands up for herself. This is such an important message for teen girls!” Amazon customer review

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Author Krysten Lindsay Hager

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like. and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton.

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Krysten Lindsay Hager said...

Thank you so much for the nice review for Competing with the Star!

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