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Competing With The Star – Krysten Lindsay Hager – (Stars Series #2) – Spotlight and 4* Review



The perfect guy, the perfect location. What could go wrong?

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?


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My Review 2016-1

Even though I haven’t read the first book in the star series, I found it easy to understand the characters and the relationships. Hadley our teenage heroine has many of the insecurities, which inflict most of us at this young age. Teenage girls often fall into two groups; the ‘mean girls’, who hide their self esteem issues by putting down their peers and the shy girls who shun the limelight, in case they fall victim to the ‘mean girls’.
Hadley is in the second group but she has strong values and a kind heart and is an easy character to root for. Nick, her first boyfriend is also one of the good ones. Not an out and out heartbreaker; he tries to do the right thing but like all teenage boys is often swayed by the obvious.
The story is simple but emphasises what’s important to teens nicely and communicates the angst and drama of the teen years in a realistic believable way. I liked the additional dimension of the grandparents in this book. Teens often find it easier to communicate with their grandparents than parents and this relationship showed important character development for Hadley and Nick.
A lovely story, with some good lessons about friendship, self-esteem and relationships, perfectly pitched for teen/young adult readers.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

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8298036Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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4* Review: The Girl Who Lived By The River – Mark Daydy


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If you’ve ever experienced the joys and agonies of growing up (well, who hasn’t!) – then travel back to 1975 and meet Tom Alder whose life would be just perfect if only he had a girlfriend, some guitar skills and a family without quite so many skeletons in the closet.
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The Girl Who Lived By The River: Part One Part one, of this four part serial takes you back to the 1970’s. The intermittent decade in the UK between the swinging sixties and the affluent eighties. Epitomised by industrial decline, trade unions, bad fashion and music. I was a teenager in the seventies and this story captures the decade of austerity, glam rock and disco perfectly. A story of first love and teenage aspirations, set in London’s docklands, before it became a fashionable place to live. This gentle, humorous story will draw you into Tom’s world.

Tom has never had a girlfriend but he aims to put that right, before his rapidly approaching sixteenth birthday. Tom is a likeable character and typical of a teenage boy in the seventies, before the internet, sophisticated computer games and musical downloads. Tom, like so many young boys wants to be a rock star, the gateway to fame, riches and women. The first part of this, often poignant serial explores his tentative steps towards forming a band and finding himself a girlfriend.

Through Tom’s school friends and foe, you meet lots of interesting, realistic characters and experience the camaraderie and difficulties of living in the London’s East End; at a time when the docks were in decline and unemployment out of control. A curious mix of new adult and romantic comedy this introduction to Tom’s life is easy to read and addictive. I can’t wait to see what 1976 brings for Tom, in part two.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

The Girl Who Lived By The River: Part One by Mark Daydy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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