by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Release Date: March 22nd 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
The perfect guy, the perfect location. What could go wrong?
Hadley Danielsâs life seems perfectâ¦
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 dreamsâNick Jenkins. Heâs the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isnât long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.
A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicatedâ¦
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 friendâwho just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.
The past is the pastâor so they sayâ¦
Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, itâs hard to believeâespecially when sheâs blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.
Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendshipâ¦who needs soap opera drama when youâre busy competing with a star?
Praise for the Book
âHadley our teenage heroine has many of the insecurities, which inflict most of us at this young ageâ¦A lovely story, with some good lessons about friendship, self-esteem and relationships, perfectly pitched for teen/young adult readers.â From author Jane Hunt.
ââ¦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.â Review from Readersâ Favorite book reviews.
ââ¦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!â Amazon customer review
âSo you donât miss your old school? Or anyone back home?â
âWho? Lexiâs in Dallas now.â
He shifted. âI dunno, some guy or somebody you used to date.â
I shook my head.
âYou know, I heard you guys ran into Jack Brogger a couple weeks ago. How can I compare to that?â
I tried to hide my embarrassed smile. Everyone teased me about my insane crush on Jack who was my favorite pop star and I had no idea Nick knew about all of that.
âJackâs cute, butâ¦â
âDonât even tell me heâs not your type. I heard all about your love for him from Asia and Simone.â
My face was getting so warm now. âI admit I do like him a lot, but you knowâ¦â
âWhat? Heâs not here, so youâre stuck with me until he comes back to town?â
âMy type is someone who is sweet and someone I can talk to about anything. I think Jackâs more into the club scene. From what Iâve read anyway,â I said, not sharing that I had Jackâs name on a Google Alert so any mention of his name came across my radarâor my phone to be more accurate.
âSweet? Usually thatâs what girls say before they tell you there will be no second date and then you enter the friend zone,â Nick said.
âNope, Iâm a girl who appreciates the sweet guys. Iâd much rather go out with a guy whoâd spend his sixteenth birthday with his grandpa than a guy who would take me to a big concert or a club,â I said. âIâd pick the thoughtful guy every time.â
Nick stopped walking and looked at me. âYou know, I donât tell a lot of people about everything thatâs going on with my grandpa. Itâs been so hard to watch his declineâhis life changed overnight with that stupid surgery. I run into Pilar at the home a lot and sheâs never once asked whatâs going on. Maybe she doesnât want to be nosyâI dunno. But youâre the first person Iâve shared all that stuff with.â
I smiled. âIâm glad you did.â
âMe too,â he said, and kissed me. Okay, this was officially the perfect first date.
We walked to the end of the pier and he put his arm around me. âYou know, forget what I said about the fancy dinner thing. I think this was seriously the best first date ever,â he said.
âThatâs what I was thinking.â
âYou didnât even ask me to take a selfie with you,â he said. âSimone and Morgan and those girls are always taking so many selfies here on the pier, Iâm not even sure they notice the water around them.â
âI got caught up in the moment and forgot all about taking pictures,â I said. âBut would it be lame if we took one? I feel if we donât, this moment didnât happen.â
He started to laugh. âOkay, sure. Thatâs what I like about you. You were in the moment and not just posting crap online so all your friends could see it.â
âYeah, but thatâs what everyone does.â
âExactly, and I like that youâre not just like everybody else.â
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About the Author
Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didnât like. Sheâs worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landryâs True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friendsâ¦Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazonâs #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazonâs #1 Hot New Releases in Childrenâs Books on Values. Sheâs originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her masterâs degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.