NEXT DOOR TO A STAR
By Krysten Lindsay Hager
It’s been a long time since I saw the inside of a high school (as a student), but Krysten Lindsay Hager’s Next Door to a Star took me right back to all of the insecurity, boy craziness, and the feeling of just wanting to fit in.
Hadley has had one best friend for as long as she can remember, but when that friend moves away Hadley finds herself alone. When she gets the opportunity to spend the summer with her grandparents who live next door to a former child star, she jumps at the chance to rub shoulders with the famous and to take a chance on making a new friend. Oh, and maybe meet the perfect guy.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Next Door to a Star (NDtaS). It could’ve gone so many ways. I’m used to grown up romances with all the goodies that come with them and Hager describes NDtaS as a “clean read”. The last thing I wanted in my busy reading schedule was a whining or (even worse) an unrealistic teenager.
I shouldn’t have worried at all.
Hadley reminded me so much of me at her age (15) with her budding self-assurance balanced out with a lack of confidence and hesitancy as she navigates the entry to adulthood. As a sophomore in high school her life centers on friends and boys. She’s been sheltered by her parents and grandparents and is naturally shy, so her hesitancy around new people is believable. When she meets Simone, the star next door, a new world opens up to her: not one to fame, but one to the joys of friendship and romance. She learns that with real friends there’s give and take and that she doesn’t have to drop everything just to please a potential friend. She finds herself liking who she is and that makes her a better friend.
Except for a little dragging towards the middle, NDtaS is a fast read and one I think would easily appeal to a late middle school/early high school age girl. I would recommend it for any of my former students! Competing with a Star, the sequel to NDtaS, releases on March 22.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Next Door to a Star was published by Limitless Publishing in September 2015
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