Genre: Contemporary | Young Adult
My Rating: ☆☆☆/5
**Potential TW:** The grandpa in this book has lewy body dementia. There’s talks of dementia, parkinson’s disease and nursing homes. If this is a theme that you’d find upsetting, then maybe this isn’t the book for you.
Blurb: 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. She 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 teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson. Nick claims to be over Simone, but then Hadley is 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 TV drama when you’re busy competing with a star?
My Thoughts: When I first went into this book it gave me real High School Musical vibes; all the real issues of a teenager – friendships, relationships and enemies. Something that was a real USP to this book compared with similar YA contemporaries was Nick’s grandpa having dementia. I feel that this is a condition that doesn’t have much mention in literature, especially YA literature, and it’s something that really needs more awareness (I’m saying this as someone with a personal experience of dealing with dementia). This really set the book apart from ones with similar storylines and added way more depth and interest to it – something that wasn’t just a teenage drama.
This book I’d say is more suited for a younger teenager (ages 13-16) as the characters in the book are 15 / 16 years old. I think that the younger teenager could really relate to some of the typical high school issues that occur during the book (friendship group issues, relationship issues etc), however the older reader who left school a long time ago could find them a bit immature and not relatable.
Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this blog tour!
Author Bio : Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. Her work includes YA contemporary, middle grade fiction, and adult and young adult rom-coms. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, Can Dreams Come True, and In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety.
Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on the talk show Living Dayton. She received her BA in English and masters degree in liberal studies from the University of Michigan-Flint.
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