Review- "This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!"
From Books & Authors Spot: PLOT: So this book was just so awesome due to which I have rated this book 5/5, first book on the blog to receive full marks. This book is about Landry Albright, a fourteen year old girl who hates her hairs and forehead. She underestimate herself but she is really tall and she's a great writer. Her best friends Tori and Ericka forces her to participate in a modeling contest. Landry knows that she will be rejected as she is not gorgeous. But to her surprise, judges select her and her best friends Tori and Ericka get rejected. Ericka and Tori become jealous and they starts to ignore Landry.
Landry's heart breaks, due to the ignorance of her best friends. Meanwhile, she also gets second place in a short story writing competition. Landry makes a new best friend, Devon but she is really moody due to which things get complicated between them. Landry also befriends Ashanti, Peyton, India, Arianna. Landry likes a guy, Kyle but she knows that he will never have feelings for her as she is not gorgeous.
Landry fails the competition and it doesn't matter to her. She gets modeling opportunities from some modeling agencies, and she starts to model for an agency. A super handsome guy Vladi falls in love with him and Tori and Ericka want Landry back. Know more about Landry's chaotic life which so relates every teen girl...
THEME: Never underestimate yourself.
MYOPINION: This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren't every thing. This book is related to every teen's problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.
Review from Purple Pen Book Reviews: Heart-touching Life Story and Great Read!!
When I first started reading Krysten’s book, I thought to myself that she must no everyone’s story at any given time in their life, we have all had to deal with some kind of drama, rumors, judgment, and loss of friendship and hoping to gain friendship.
This book should be read by all tween & teen girls, I believe each one would have some sort of connection to Landry. By the way, I love that name, “Landry!” Every woman worries about how they look and how other people perceive them to be; doesn’t matter if we are tweens, teens, in our twenties, middle-age or older. when we all look in the mirror, we all wonder.
Krysten Hager's "True Colors" is GREAT book for teens! I'm in love with this book because almost ANY middle school, or even high school teens can relate to this! This book opens up when the main character, Landry Albright, is going through the typical stage of wanting to fit in! She gets an opportunity of trying to fit in when her best friends Tori and Erika push her into trying out for this teen reality modeling show! Landry goes for it and ends up making it to the next round! Little Landry? Making it to the next cut? Who would've ever thought! Even she was surprised! The real problem comes when her two friends Erika and Tori get cut! Of course, being jealous and mad and they unfriend her the next day! Landry tries to make new friends! Through this journey she gets caught up in trying to be herself, but also wanting to be "perfect middle school girl" to meet her new friend's standards! Landry learns throughout the story how to deal with her new found enemies, a crush, and she figures out modeling isn't this great big fairy tale world! In the end, she figures out that true friends will love you for you! I love the moral of this story because to me, it's very self motivating! It's okay to be yourself and a little quirky sometimes! I defiantly give this book a 5 out of 5!! After all, "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself!" -Coco Chanel!
From Marjolein Reads (book reviewer & blogger from the Netherlands): True Colors is the debut YA novel of Krysten Lindsay Hager, and an impressive one. The characters where very realistic and they all had very realistic teenage voices. The story is the very entertaining coming-of-age of Landry. She struggles through the things so many teens do: best friends, breakups, first crushes, wanting to fit it ánd to stand out. During her time in the teen modeling world, her true self starts to show her true colors, but also of her friends, and not always in a good way. But luckily the colors of her true friends shine through and there is time for going to the mall, sleepovers and all the fun teen stuff beside the competition.
True Colors is a very entertaining and original new YA novel, and impressive debut and it makes you very curious for the sequel. I truly recommend it!
This story is so well written that I felt as though I had been trnsported back to 8th grade myself. The story deals with real life teenage issues that feel as important as they did back then. This story gives understanding to parents with childrn this age and confidence to the kids themselves, in knowing they are not alone. Link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/true-colors-17
Kayla (Kdrewkthebookworm)'s Reviews on Goodreadswww.goodreads.com/review/show/1630670553?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1 I really enjoyed this book, and I could barely put it down! I loved the characters and the plot, and even though yes, it was a book including middle school friendship struggles, I feel like the author really made it unique! I found Landry to be a really relatable character, with everything she had faced in the story. It takes a lot of courage to get up on a stage and model, but even though Landry may have messed up a little bit while doing so, she really pulled through and made the best of the situation, which I admire very much! I think the author was really in touch with how teenagers of the 21st century think and act. The girls in this book were portrayed very realistically and I found their maturity levels to be just right for the age they were supposed to be. I would definitely recommend this book to any young teenager who is looking for relatable characters and situations, because even though they may not be recruited by a modelling agency (that doesn't happen every day!), all the struggles and situations are definitely the types that are experienced by today's teens!
From The Unconventional Librarian:http://unconventionallibrarian.com/2014/09/09/draft-true-colors-kysten-lyndsay/ Being a young teen isn’t easy. It’s hard to know who your friends are and who is trustworthy. While my middle school days are long over, my pumpkin’s days of middle school happened fairly recently. I remember the arguments, the lip gloss, the boys, trips to the mall, and the general confusion of trying to figure out your place in society. Our main character, Landry, has similar issues. On top of all of the hassles of being in middle school, she’s beginning a modeling career! Thanks for a fun read Krysten!
From Indyia's Reviews!They say "Best Friends are Forever" but are they really? Middle School student is back at it with her crazy teenage life. "Best Friends...Forever?" by Krysten Hager, is a great relatable book about the middle school life. It all started when Landry Albright started an early modeling career. Her "friends" Tori and Erika were said to be happy for her, but are they really? Happily, Albright picks up a bigger and more understanding group of friends. Of course the middle school life isn't easy. As Landry and gearing up for the High School, she is now experiencing more issues just besides middle school drama. Things are starting to heat up with her friends and there's even an older guy involved! Dealing with family. friends, boyfriends, and even family drama isn't so nice at times! Being pressured to have a certain look and be in a certain clique is a lot. Having all this going on, she then gets another modeling opportunity which stresses her out even more. Will Landry find her way through this stressful journey of her High School Career? Read to find out...
This book is the a Sequel to Hager's "True Colors" series! The thing I love most about this book is that even though I read the first book of this sequel, I felt like I didn't have to. This book really dug back into the first book and it flashes back to actually what happened in the past! This book gives you the real life feel as to how it would feel to be in Landry's position. In all honesty, I give this book a 4.4/5 rating! I absolutely adore these books! http://meaboveaverage.weebly.com/book-reviews/best-friendsforever
Janet Greaves Review: I have read both of these books in the series and absolutely love them! These are both 5 Star Books! Landry is just your average girl, going through high school and trying to fit in and find herself. She's always wanted to be popular and have exciting news to shout just like all of the other kids. Her friends Ericka and Tori coax her into going to the mall for a modeling gig to be on the reality TV show, however, she's very hesitant and doesn't think she'd have any chance of making it. To her surprise she gets a call and makes it to the next round. She's excited and surprised all at the same time and shares the news with her two best friends. As time goes on, Ericka and Tori begin to outcast Landry and Landry is not sure why. Will Landry make it to the next rounds of the TV show, will fame and fortune come her way? Will she finally be one of those girls with exciting news to share?
For anyone who loves YA and especially books dealing with high school drama, these are the books for you! This series just gets better and I can't wait for book three to come out!
From Britbear Book review: Best Friends...Forever?: 5 "bears"I read a lot of YA fiction, most of it rife with abuses I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemies. It was refreshing to read a novel dealing with the trials and tribulations of an ordinary, everyday teen. Rather than grapple with questions of life or death, the author, Krysten Lindsay Hager, hands the grappling over to the reader. Landry has everything going for her and she is still dealing with the same trivial issues blown to mammoth proportions. If Landry is experiencing the same thing as the reader and still manages to come out on top, maybe the reader can, too. Best Friends Forever is a charming peek into the life of a normal teen. Rather than depict an ordinary teen in extraordinary circumstances so she can emerge extraordinary in the end, Hager’s book shows an ordinary teen in ordinary circumstances who emerges extraordinary, nevertheless. Though Landry possesses beauty, emerging fame, and popularity—all the makings of a “mean girl”—she faces every challenge she meets with aplomb, never giving up on wanting to do what’s right for everyone around her. Landry is the perfect protagonist around which to base a series. I wish Hager all the best with this series, and hope to check in with Landry later on, to see how she fares in high school. http://eliseabram.com/britbear/?p=1099