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Next Door To A Star Paperback – August 25, 2015
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Being fifteen is just not an easy job. Especially for the socially awkward. And Hadley fitted right into that category. Sometimes it was the only place she felt she fitted. When her best and only friend Lexi moves away, Hadley is certain that her future suddenly turned bleaker than ever, if that was possible. An invitation to spend the summer with her grandparents seemed the best solution for her. Hadley entertained hopes of befriending Simone Hendrickson, her grandparent's movie star neighbor. Of course, she thought, that will never happen. Things like that never happened to her, but it was fun to imagine. So, Hadley is surprised when Simone actually recognizes her as a companion, even though it is obvious that it is a rebound situation. Simone is constantly at odds with Morgan and Pilar, neither of whom give Hadley the time of day. It seems that Hadley is doomed to be the "loser," no matter where she lives.
Next Door to a Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager is a heart wrenching tale of a young girl growing into her teen years. Hadley is faced with the reality of the fickleness of young girls while also learning the truth of the old adage of "you can't judge a book by its cover." Caught in a maze of jealousy, painful gossip, and the status of brand name importance, 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.
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This story really reminds you of what it is like to be in high school and middle school. A lot of times as we get older we tend to forget the struggles and only remember the good. Reading this book had me going, "Oh I had a friend like that." Krysten Hager certainly knows how to write a wonderful story with believable characters.
I will be buying a copy for my daughter who is a sophmore.
Who hasn’t dreamed of living next door to a celebrity, hanging out with them, and actually being able to call them a friend? I know I would love that, and I’m an adult! That excitement would only be magnified for a teenager. Hager totally nails teen drama and angst, complete with cliques, first loves, first kisses, and all the associated gossip with that age group. There are a number of humorous scenes, and one in particular involving self-tanners. Unfortunately, that one may be relatable for many readers. I particularly enjoyed Hadley’s grandparents, who are well-meaning but lovably clueless at times. Starting over is tough for anyone, and especially tough for teenage girls. Hager has the ability to transport the reader back in time, and in this case, will have them envisioning what their teenage years would have been like if they had been living next door to a star.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I had flashbacks of some of those intentions while reading. We meet the cool, popular girls who everyone had an opinion about, including which one we'd want to be, which one we'd want to be friends with and which one we're still trying to forget to this day. There is the usual cattiness, teenage backstabbing and the are-we-friends-or-aren't-we moments that most (if not all) adolescent girls go through. And oh! The boy crushes of yesteryears. Author Krysten Lindsay Hager nails it.
I loved Hadley. I love her unsure "sureness" and how she proccessed her friendships, her family and the cute boy down the street. I wish I had known someone like her during those years I was "left to fend for myself." I was more like shy, studios book nerd Charlotte who kept her head down and let the world "sort itself out."
And yes, as the Charlotte of the group, I would have seen that Hadley made mistakes. We've all be there and had questionable choices at some point. But she's still such a good character, a great voice and a wonderful FRIEND, overall.
I will definitely keep this book in mind while Christmas shopping for my pre-teen and teenage nieces. Next door to a star took me back to some of those unfortunate, uncomfortable adolescent/teenage period but I was grateful for those moments.Read more ›
Hadley goes to spend the summer with her grandparents, who are totally loveable & sweet, but have no idea about teenage girls. The one saving grace is that they live next door to Simone Hendrickson. A young tv star who brings Hadley into her circle of friends. Hadley also meets & falls for a boy Nick Jenkins. When her parents decide to relocate to Grand Haven to be near her grandparents She really believes her life is changing for the better, but some people have other ideas.
This is a true coming of age story, full of painful teenage angst, first love, jealousy & heartbreak, and I really enjoyed seeing Hayden grow up throughout this book.
The author expertly describes Hayden's feelings & the situations she gets herself into. So much so that you really empathise with Hayden.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The beginning of this book went well for me. I love stories that involve Hollywood aspects and when I saw the sequel through Xpresso Tours, I thought I’d check the story out. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Madison
I like how Krysten fully describes how the main characters in her stories feel and what they are thinking as they try to navigate relationships and get through difficult emotions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heidi Butler
It’s been a long time since I saw the inside of a high school (as a student), but Krysten Lindsay Hager’s Next Door to a Star took me right back to all of the insecurity, boy... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandra@readsandreviews
Hadley is tired of being invisible to people. After her best friend moved away she finds herself getting into trouble with some girls at school. Well she gets on their bad side. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paula G
I'll admit I wasn't sure about this book at first. I almost gave up on it, but I'm so glad I didn't. Krysten Lindsay Hagar has created a very convincing young teen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Theresa H. Hernandez
Next Door to a Star is the perfect example of why teenage friendships can seem so hard. Hadley doesn’t mean to be a loner, but making friends is not always easy for her, or so she... Read morePublished 7 months ago by MichelleLP
***I received a ARC for this book in exchange for a honest review***
A real page turner! The characters develop easily, the book goes steady, and my heart beat goes... Read more
The story follows Hadley, she has exactly one friend and of course she's moving away. So she has no one. The summer is approaching and after having a rough year. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Boundless Book Reviews
Hadley's best friend is moving and the summer looks long. She gets the opportunity to go spend the summer with her grandparents, who live next door to TV star Simone Hendrickson. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Melanie