Krysten Lindsay Hagar is here today talking about her five favorite books:
My Mother was Never a Kid by Francine Pascal. One of my favorite young adult novels of all time. Victoria time travels to see what her mother was like as a kid. She thinks her mother was born the strict woman she knows now, but when she goes back Victoria sees her mom was even wilder and crazier than she is! The humor in this one is great.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I didn’t appreciate this book when we read it in school, but I fell in love with it when I read it as an adult. Honestly I don’t know why they assign it to preteens and teens. The first time I was assigned the book I was in the seventh grade and I don’t know how a seventh grader is supposed to connect with the theme in the book. The symbolism, Gatsby, Nick, and the way Fitzgerald shows that desperation and longing. Love, love, love.
Good-bye, Glamour Girl by Erika Tamar. This is a coming of age young adult novel and I read this for the first time the summer after 5th grade. It’s a coming of age story about a girl whose family escaped Europe during WWII and she is trying to assimilate in America. You can really feel the emotions the main character is going through.
Life is a Gift by Tony Bennett. This is a memoir by the singer and the title says it all. I love that Tony feels we keep creating all through our lives. If you are a creative minded person then you will enjoy this book and how Tony shares how he managed to put out quality music throughout his long career.
The Great Mom Swap by Betsey Haynes. This is a middle grade novel my parents gave me for my birthday in the fourth grade. One of the characters, Scottie, wants to be an author and I identified. I was obsessed with this book as a kid.
A little about Krysten:
Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Krysten’s latest book:
COMPETING WITH THE STAR by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: Young Adult
SYNOPSIS – 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—Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.
A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…
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 friend—who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.
The past is the past—or so they say…
Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe—especially when she’s 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 soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star?
Two days passed and Nick hadn’t called again. I couldn’t blame him. After all, I had pushed for him to be honest and then had bailed on him. I’m sure he was mad at me for telling him he could tell me the truth and then I punished him for it—and he would be right. I couldn’t handle the icky feelings, and instead of being a big girl and dealing with them, I came home from school and retreated into the world of books. A world where people were kidnapped, jewels were stolen, but nobody’s heart ever got broken because in my favorite series, The Raven Chronicles, Raven’s boyfriend, Fernando, was ever faithful and loyal and would never even look at another girl. He was the perfect book boyfriend. In other words, he was fictional and didn’t exist.
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Thanks for visiting with us today, Krysten 🙂