Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: Juniors

Juniors Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes it can be tough changing schools, but for Lea Lane, starting in the middle of her junior year at a private school in Hawaii makes her that much more aware of just how many times she has lived between one thing and another. Although Hawaii has been a place dear to her heart, she is learning all about the wealthy side of things when her actress mother moves in with an old friend. Lea is then forced to understand if she wants to be and how she can be friends with Whitney and Will West -- the two teens living in the main house while Lea lives in the guest house.

This book has everything a YA novel should: there is the teenage angst and confusion, but it also brings forth the clarity that teens can have when they see the world. Sometimes they still see black and white, even if the rest of the world is a sea of gray. Along with a great and sympathetic main character, Hemmings also does a spectacular job of painting the scenes of Hawaii, especially the places that tourists never see. It is an amazing book and I can't wait to read more of the author's work.

*Received a free copy from Penguin First to Read

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