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?
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.
Krysten 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.