Monday, April 20, 2015
BOOK REVIEW: "Best Friends...Forever?" by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her besties make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.
Landry gets her first boyfriend, but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry learns to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue modeling competition.
High school. Stephen King said he'd never trust anyone who looks back fondly at their high school years. I feel the same way, and so does poor Landry, a seemingly normal girl who, by rights, should have a fun high school existence. Despite getting the chance to be a model, she's feeling more left out than ever. Her boyfriend dumps her, which is pretty depressing on its own. Plus, she's left out again when her friends make the cheerleading squad.
As someone who stood out and never went with a clique (nor did I ever want to join the cheerleading squad), I can't imagine what it must be like to be Landry, to try so hard to fit in yet still be pushed out and made fun of.
This is a textbook case of how kids get depression in school. It also shows that, even if you seem like a "normal" person, you can still be an outsider in your own skin.
Ms. Hager once again gave us a wonderful, touching and classic tale of teenage life in upper-middle-class America these days. A book for parents, teachers and high school students alike!
4/5--a realistic story.
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