Review: Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager

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The perfect guy, the perfect location. What could go wrong?

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?

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Hadley and Nick are finally dating.  Their first date is planned after a school day.  She is all excited until her friends invite themselves. Hadley is nervous about dating Nick.  She has never had a boyfriend before so she is unsure what to do or what to expect.  Her self-esteem is a bit shaky when she is friends with Simone who was a childhood star and gorgeous. 
Things go well with her and Nick until Simone plants the seeds of doubt in Hadley’s mind.  Hadley begins questioning everything.  She feels immature and unsure.  Nothing is easy.  She doesn’t know who to trust.  When Hadley’s fears and insecurities catch up with her, her world falls apart.  Her confusion rules her life.

I like the idea of this story.  I also like how the main character, Hadley, is a nice, thoughtful person and that Nick prefers her over the others for that reason.  However her insecurities drove me nuts.  She didn’t believe enough in her instincts and brain.  It’s hard for me to feel too sorry for a character when I want to shake some sense into her for most of the story.  There were several parts that I couldn’t stand the situation that Hadley gets herself into.  She was too weak and gullible for me.  She was a bit better by the end but seriously, I had a hard time reading about how she was being played. Drove me crazy.  So I give this book a 3 out of 5.

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