Book review of Best Friends...Forever? from Readers' Favorite
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Best Friends...Forever? Landry's True Colors Series: Book Two by Krysten Lindsay Hager is the story of a young girl who is trying to come to terms with how time can change certain things. You would think that being a model would be a great way to gain popularity at school, but Landry Albright knows this is not the way things are. There was a time when she had a great set of friends and a boyfriend to call her own, but things changed very quickly for her. While the rest of her class is getting excited about starting high school next year, she is trying to come to terms with the fact that her boyfriend just broke up with her and she doesn’t seem to have any friends anymore. To make matters a little more difficult, she gets to have two makeovers so that she has a higher chance of winning the American Ingénue modeling competition. With so many things happening at the same time, it is hard for her to find her footing. Can she figure out what is happening around her before her time runs out?
This was an entertaining and fun novel to read. I felt for young Landry, I really did. This is a great novel for the teens and tweens who are either in middle school or are starting high school soon. They will experience the ups and downs of high school beforehand and, hopefully, they’ll also get a head start on how to act and how to cope if things are a little too hard. Landry is a great role model; she is calm, collected and she just never loses her temper. She does get nervous, but she handles the situation with grace and sets a good example. Her character growth is great; from the nervous girl at the beginning of the novel, she turns to be a strong and powerful young woman in the end. Impressively accurate about the emotions and drama of a high school. I enjoyed it! This fast-paced novel is great for all ages!
Best Friends...Forever? is a 2019 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Children - Preteen genre!
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Book Review: Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making by Andrew Peterson
Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making by Andrew Peterson
I love books on creativity and reading about artists reflecting on their work and craft, so I was eager to read this book. Andrew Peterson is a Christian songwriter, musician, and author and in the book he shares his beginnings in songwriting and the music industry. We see his thoughts on writing and creativity and he shares his inspirations and other books that helped him along his path such as Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art. He talks not only about his experiences getting started as a songwriter, but in touring, dealing with being dropped from his label, and using his music as a ministry.
Some of the topics he covers are: serving the work, serving your audience, selectivity, discipline, discernment, how art nourishes community and vice versa. He shares advice for creatives, humbling experiences, and lists of books that will help the reader.
I enjoyed his sharing his own experiences and how his faith pulled him through. I also liked that he included book suggestions as well as poetry that has inspired him. One part of the book that stood out was his sharing how other artists can inspire you to keep going. He cited C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as examples as Lewis encouraged Tolkien to keep writing his series when he started to doubt himself.
I sometimes underline passages in books, but I rarely write in the margins and I found myself both underlining and jotting notes in the margin. This is definitely a book I will be reading again and again. I wish I could get every writer I know to read this book. This is a terrific book for anyone who is pursing the arts in any form.
I received this book from BH Publishing and Lifeway in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
There's a new review for In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety today on the tour from Hurn Publications. "Refreshing read with relatable characters.
This is one of those books that's refreshing to read.
Sure, the main character is fighting through her anxiety and facing the realism of life and its quirks, hard times and revelations, but aren't we all? It was nice to have a character that's not only relatable but entirely real. I feel like we all have a little bit of Cecily as part of us. Its a great read for those younger generations, who have yet to fully come to terms with their lives and it becomes a way for them to see the positive transformation and some guidelines.
For those of us who have already walked that line, it's a good reminder of where we've come from. This is well written, the characters have depth and the story is beautiful."
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New review for In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety from InD'tale Magazine.
"Cecily Taylor is in over her head. Navigating high school is tough enough, but when you are secretly dating a pop star the word “complicated” doesn't even cover it. Cecily is certain that she likes Andrew, but what can a guy like him see in her? It doesn't help that her best friend is blowing hot and cold on her just when she needs her. With Andrew's schedule, it's hard to find time to be together and when they're apart, doubts plague her. Social media is filled with stories about his former girlfriends, about every aspect of his life, and all it does is prove to Cecily that they're traveling in different worlds. Then Cecily gets a chance to do a model shoot in New York and learns more about Andrew's world. Romance is never smooth, so when Andrew's world once more intrudes in their relationship, can Cecily trust that what they have is meant to last?
"In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety" is a sweet teen romance with a Cinderella storyline! It is every girl's young fantasy to wonder what it would be like to date her heartthrob. There is a lot of angst, texting and roller-coaster emotions at play. Krysten Lindsay Hager deftly captures the high school world, its language and the ups and downs of young love. The story progresses in a predictable manner and relies on misunderstandings for the conflict. Even so, teen romance fans will enjoy Cecily's journey and will be waiting to see what her next step is in the world of lights, camera and anxiety!"
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