Landry in Likeby Krysten Lindsay Hager
Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen
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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 behind?
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From the moment I saw the cover of the book, the title "Landry in Like" stuck with me. It's a straightforward title that has a flair about it that you remember long after reading it. As I started reading, the same applied to the narrative and the story itself. Vivid characters, strong storytelling and an interesting premise. All factors that took me deeper and deeper into the book up to the very end. "Landry in Like" is book 3 of Landry's True Colors Series and in it we follow Landry Albright as she is settling into her modeling career. All is going well for her with her friends and relationship until the ties with her best friend are put to test as Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, comes between them. To make matters worse, she also feeds Landry's boyfriend, Vladi, information that will put that relationship to the test as well. From then on, Landry has to struggle with many of the issues that teens face, not only now but also in the past, where simple rumors, jealousy and power struggles can make anyone's life miserable. Ultimately, it is a great insight into fighting for what you believe in.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Landry in Like: Landry's True Colors Series, Book 3 is a young adult and preteen coming of age novel written by Krysten Lindsay Hager. Fourteen-year-old Landry's life seemed to be finally looking up. She had been chosen to appear in an ad for the American Ingenue modeling contest and had been kissed by her boyfriend, Vladi Yagudin. Finally, she would be someone interesting at school, and she could share her exciting news with her friends. Then reality struck as she looked at herself in the mirror and saw that her face had broken out from the makeup they used during the shoot. Things at school didn't go much better. Some of her friends acted strangely around her, and they seemed to change the subject whenever she tried to tell them about her modeling. Worse yet, Yasmin was outright rude about her and made nasty jokes with Stuart, another eighth grader in their group. The friends she grew up with and cared about seemed to be distancing themselves, and her best friend Ashanti's acceptance into the clique of high school cheerleaders seemed to threaten her and Landry's friendship in a big way. Eighth grade was hard enough, so how would she survive the move to high school? Krysten Lindsay Hager's young adult and preteen coming of age story, Landry in Like: Landry's True Colors Series, Book 3, continues the story of Landry and her friends in their last year of middle school. Hager touches on the many social issues facing young teens, including self-esteem, meanness and bullying, and transitioning from middle school into the high school atmosphere. Her main character, Landry, shares her deepest fears about losing her friends and her conflict between wanting to stay at home and play video games or go out to a teen club. This is the third book in Hager's True Colors Series, but I felt instantly at home with the story even though I hadn't read the first two books in the series. This novel should go a long way towards helping adolescent readers realize that they're not alone in having to cope with the mean girls and rude boys who seem to be targeting them, and help those being bullied understand why and learn to develop their own coping strategies. Landry in Like is well-written and while boyfriends, kisses and dancing are inevitably part of any coming of age tale, this story is squeaky clean and recommended for preteens as well as young adults.
After really enjoying the first two books in this series, I was pleasantly surprised that this one was my favorite! It not only speaks to tween and teen girls, but in my opinion to their mothers. As a mother of a girl in this age range I feel it gave me insight into parenting. A nice refresher of what it is like to be a young lady finding her way in this world. Landry is a great role model for girls her age as she navigates all the drama of friendships and her first boyfriend.
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*