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True Colors

True Colors

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by Krysten Lindsay Hager

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Every day I walked down the sidewalk to school and wished I were one of the interesting popular girls who ran up with exciting news. Just once I'd like to be one of those girls instead of the being the one who didn't get invited to things because people "forgot" about me.

Landry gets pushed into trying out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling


Every day I walked down the sidewalk to school and wished I were one of the interesting popular girls who ran up with exciting news. Just once I'd like to be one of those girls instead of the being the one who didn't get invited to things because people "forgot" about me.

Landry gets pushed into trying out for the American Ingénue reality show modeling competition with her two best friends. She doesn't think she stands a chance, but she advances to the next level in the competition and her friends ignore her when they get cut.

Enter the gorgeous Devon, who also makes the first cut and includes Landry in her clique. Devon becomes the perfect best friend, but can their friendship survive the competition?

Landry hopes her big break could come at any moment, but soon sees there's much more to modeling. She begins missing out on being with friends and has the chance to have a boyfriend when she meets a boy named Vladi from another school.

Part of Landry wants to be famous (and have her hair look good for once), but part of her just wants to be accepted. She learns about friendships, being true to yourself, and that a good hair conditioner doesn't hurt.

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Landry's True Colors Series , #1
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Krysten Lindsay Hager is a writer and journalist from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota and Portugal. She currently resides in the Dayton, Ohio area with her husband. You can find her at:

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True Colors 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
The Story: Landry is just your typical teen, ready to grow up and be heard. She'd give anything to be popular, have great hair and have a few adventures worth talking about. But, that's just not Landry. She is the one people don't see, the boring one who people forget to invite to their party. That may be all about to change. Landry and her two best mates decide to enter into a modelling contest. Though she is determined that she doesn't stand a chance at winning or even getting noticed, she relishes the idea of the possibility of her and her girls getting the spotlight and having a few stories to tell at school.  Life has more in store for Landry though! She gets chosen to move on to the next stage of the contest, leaving her friends behind, as they don't succeed. Soon she finds herself in a whirlwind of adventure. She's popular, getting noticed (even by some really cute boys), she looks great and finally has something to talk about! However, her friends don't want to talk, at all, since she did better than them. Landry is forced to move forward, finding new friends and soon starts to wonder if the popular life is more than she bargained for.  My Thoughts: This book is great for teens and tweens. I found that it really touched on all the problems we go through at that age. We always get so caught up in our lives, the drama, the action and what to wear that we feel as though the world is spinning out of control. We worry about friends, boyfriends, clothes, rumours and what's happening that weekend; not stopping for a moment to worry about the future, only living for the moment.  I love that Landry is a typical teenage girl, and the drama that unfolds in her life is written in such a way that Tweens and Teens will relate to it, feeling as though it is their life on the pages, and adults will find themselves giggling because they remember the day when they had these 'problems' and what it was like to live for the moment.  The writing style of this book is excellent. It is written in a way that it reaches out to the correct age group, while still being accessible to older readers. It also takes into account the world around is and what is popular or not, which will make it appeal to teens even more.  The pace of the book is good. I found it moved well enough to stay very entertaining, but sometimes thought it stuck on a point for a tiny bit too long. However, on looking back at this, after finishing the book, I think it is probably perfect, as teens do tend to stick with their problem until it has been run into the ground and defeated! OVERALL: A fab book, especially for the younger readers. It also is a fun read for adults to look back and remember their youth. I would say that this is the perfect book to get a child, especially a teen girl, for Christmas or upcoming birthdays. I am very excited to see what else comes from author Krysten Hager!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and so did my girls.
Fifer21 More than 1 year ago
The main character is someone I definitely would like to be friends with. She's smart, considerate & brave. Good job, Ms. hager! Give us more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It deals with friendship issues that teen girls face. The characters really come to life and I was left waiting for more. I look forward to reading more books by Krysten Lindsay Hager!
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review True Colors was a fun and enjoyable book. The author managed to capture the teenage voice really well and this book reminded me of when I was that age. There is a lot of typical teenage stuff and drama, it got a bit much at times, but overall I thought it was realistically written. And I enjoyed reading this book. The writing style seemed a bit off to me, but I did gradually got used to it. Landry is a nice main character and while I thought she acted realistically I also felt a bit sad for her as she wouldn't stand up for herself. I also would've liked to get a bit more of her inner thoughts and feelings as it felt a bit too much telling instead of showing at times. There are a lot of side characters, which made it difficult to keep everyone apart at first, but slowly I got a bit of a feel for them. I didn't really like most of the characters, but some of them were nice. I am curious to see how this series will develop an will read the next book!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anna Smith for Readers' Favorite True Colors (Landry's True Colors Series Book 1) by Krysten Lindsay Hager is a middle grade book about fitting in and learning to love yourself. Landry desperately wishes to have an interesting life. She wants to be one of the girls at school that has a funny and clever story to share with her friends. But she feels that her life is too boring. She is ignored and chosen last in gym class. She doesn't fit in, let alone stand out to the popular crowd. Because of this desire to fit in, Landry agrees to audition for a teen reality show modeling competition with her best friends, Tori and Ericka. Landry is nervous but impressive and makes it to the next round. When her friends get cut from the competition, Landry realizes how little they were her true friends when they stop speaking to her at school. She desperately wants new friends, but has to chose between being herself and impressing her new potential friends. And along the journey, she begins to see how unglamorous modeling can be. She learns how to deal with mean girls, her newest crush, and that true friends are those that accept you for who you are, not what stories you have to tell. True Colors is a fantastic middle grade story with a healthy message for tweens. The story is definitely geared toward 8th graders and 12 to 13-year-olds. It is a fun story, with the characters modeling, having sleepovers, and hanging out at the mall a lot. Krysten Lindsay Hager did a great job of capturing that young tween voice and I think young girls will absolutely love this story! And parents will certainly approve of the healthy message about friendship and staying true to oneself.
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
In True Colors, author Krysten Lindsay Hagar took me time traveling. She took me back to a time (back more years than I care to count), when all was not right with the world, when I was so focused on fitting in and trying to be part of a group, I lost me. The early teen years can be fun, full of joy and laughter or they can be full of tears, heartbreak and confusion. Hager writes about Landry and her journey toward finding who she really is and the pain of getting there. This book is not just for the young adult audience, it is for anyone who would like to take down memory lane, for whatever reason. It certainly made me think about all the “what ifs” of my own journey.
apejer112 More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts On The Novel: This was a fantastic read! It took me back in time to when I was in junior high and high school. I remember running home to watch the shows like the girls in the book did. One day my mom and I heard an ad for elite model company and drove up to Macon, GA to try out. The ladies in this book are so relatable and realistic. You find yourself going wait that was so me or wait why was she being mean to her. Landry is a fantastic main character. One thing I love about her is her witty thoughts. It’s not like a smart Aleck remark but the witty teenager thoughts we all think. Landry had me laughing many times over in this book. I love Landry’s character but feel I would be more of an Ashanti character. This book touches on a great topic: Relationships. During school times this can be a slippery slope. One minute someone is your best friend and the other minute they have others they want to hang out with instead. The issues that Landry has to deal with pertaining to her parents is a great point. I grew up dealing with a few of these issues myself and it’s nice to see how Landry wades through the water. I actually found myself going I need the second book to find out how she deals with her parents, Valdi, and the other girls. I was truly invested in the life’s of these teenagers and I didn’t want the book to end. I do have to say that I loved that this book DIDN’T have any harsh bullying, nasty pranks, or love scenes. It was just a glimpse in to a typical teenager’s life. I would recommend this book to Middle School age, YA, and Adults alike.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
How far would you go to fit in? Would you try out for a reality TV modeling competition show? For someone as plain and tall as Landry, this definitely seemed like a waste of time, but friends pushed her into it. Now she had the grueling task of trying to look “exotic” and “gorgeous” rather than just “adorable.” Reading this book made me feel like I was watching the floundering performances of American Idol contestants with tone-deaf voices and high-pitched shrieks. Oh, kill me now. Witty at times but often frivolous, this story is a mild representation of peer pressure and discovery. With the insecurities of today’s youth, this book might help them find their niche. However, I got bored with all the talk of hair, make-up, heels, dresses, and the mall. How many times do kids go to the mall? I felt that Landry was just trying too hard and was overwhelmed with the incessant need to be popular. The best thing—the only thing—you can be is yourself, and it takes courage to do it. Perhaps that was the message in this story, and I certainly applaud it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Characters are well developed and the story is interesting and entertaining. I was left wondering what was next for Landry!