★★★ REVIEW ★★★
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Hey, It's A Review Blog Tour for "Competing With The Star" by Krysten Lindsay Hager
by Krysten Lindsay Hager
★ SYNOPSIS ★
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?
★★★ REVIEW ★★★
★★★ REVIEW ★★★
My Thoughts: Teenage Dating With All It's Drama And Angst
Seriously this novel reminded me of why I'm thankful my group of friends never dated each other. However, if you're a teen who's facing doubts in relationships with friends and boyfriends, or have nostalgia for such novels and stories, then this book (series) is what you're looking for. This novel is a somewhat sequel to "Next Door To A Star" novel, but I was able to read this novel as a standalone with minimal confusion, only a few parts refer to previous drama in the first novel.
Life is just starting to settle for Hadley Daniels, who is no longer the new person in town and has officially moved to Grand Haven at the start of her sophomore year of high school. Hadley has a new group of friends and is now dating the boy of her dreams—Nick Jenkins. Dating Nick should be wonderful but when his ex-girlfriend and jealous friends constantly bring up insecurities and complicate their relationship Hadley begins to ask questions. Especially when it's revealed that Nick once had a crush on Hadley's beautiful former teenage TV star, Simone Hendrickson. A washed with doubt about Simone and Nick's past Hadley doesn't know who to believe when they confess to accidentally kissing. Hadley is left to choose who to trust and love: friend or boyfriend?
Overall, it's an okay read. The drama is sadly all to real for teens. Sure not everyone had a starlet living next door, but dating in high school sure yields a mess of emotions and drama. Now half the time the drama did feel a bit too much for a sophomore, but kids are pushed to be more mature today then basically 5 years ago, so the author may be onto something. I'm conflicted on whether I approve of how much Simone, Morgan and Reagan got away with. I know everyone knows those mean girls exist but these girls were noted as friends who were definitely more like frenemies by their actions and words. If I was Hadley's mom or aunt I'd have told her to drop them and stick to keep better company even if that meant only one other friend, who needs a crowd of backstabbers. So if you're looking to read about a teen girl trying to date a guy while navigating a the high school social circle of girl drama while learning what true friends and love is, then this novel may just be your novel.
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). True Colors won the Readers Favorite gold medal and both True Colors and Best Friends…Forever were rewarded as best book for tweens from Double Decker Books. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.