Saturday, February 6, 2016

Landry in Like (Landry's True Colors #3) by Krysten Lindsay Hager {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}



Series Info: The Landry's True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult humor series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, crushes, and self-image. It’s clean reads book so it’s suitable for ages 10 and up.
Things seem to be going well in Landry Albright’s world—she’s getting invited to be on local talk shows to talk about her modeling career, her best friends have her back, and her boyfriend Vladi has becoming someone she can truly count on…and then everything changes.
Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen dance club, while Landry just wants to spend her weekends playing video games and baking cup-cakes at sleepovers. Then, Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, starts to come between Landry’s friendship with her best friend Ashanti. Things take a turn when Yasmin tells Vladi that Landry is interested in another boy. Can Landry get her relationships with Ashanti and Vladi back or will she be left out and left behind?


My Review: 5 Stars
Once again, I'm amazed at Ms. Hager's ability to channel my inner teen. I often view life, especially the past, with rose colored glasses and the hard times don't seem quite as bad as they were. This story, and series actually, takes me back to my 8th grade year and accurately conveys many of the feelings, emotions, and actions taken by average girls that age--even me! Landry is a likable character, trying to figure out who she is and who her true friends are. She handles the drama fairly well, considering that she has friends who get mad at her for no reason (or for something trivial), mean girls attacking her, a crush and all the drama that goes with that, and a fledgling modeling career. Girls can be so catty and their jealousy is crazy. I've loved Landry's journey and watching her blossom.

Friendships are really tested at this age and life seems to revolve around acceptance by peers. I love the way Ms. Hager develops the other characters. They each seem to have one foot in childhood and one foot in adulthood and they're all trying to forge their way through. From the outside, looking in, it's easy to see the decisions these teens should be making and the ways they should be reaching out or standing up for their friends, but at the same time, it's also easy to see why they do and say what they do. Maybe it's just that I've lived through it and it makes sense to me. It's amazing how each one is insecure about herself in different ways. The emotion is definitely abounding in this one!

I'm not sure how many books will entail Landry's story, but I'm eager to see what happens next and to watch her grow up some more.

Content: middle school/high school drama; mild romance. Clean!!

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*


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About the Author:
 
Krysten Lindsay Hager is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series and the new ​Star Series. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image in True Colors, Best Friends…Forever? And Landry in Like, as well as in, Next Door to a Star (Star Series). Her sequel to Next Door to a Star will be out March 22 2016.
Krysten is a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes YA, MG, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in southwestern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
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Giveaway:

Landry in Like Blog Tour Giveaway

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