“Hadley our teenage heroine has many of the insecurities, which inflict most of us at this young age…A lovely story, with some good lessons about friendship, self-esteem and relationships, perfectly pitched for teen/young adult readers.” From author Jane Hunt. “…Hager's main character is representative of every teenage girl. The author really nailed the reality of a young girl's early high school years. I think this is a valuable read for girls ages 12-18.” Review from Readers’ Favorite book reviews.
“Superb Novel for Today's Teenager: This book offers a subtle and seamless progression through changes in the life of a high school girl who struggles with fitting in a crowd of others having unreasonable ideas about friendship…Readers are able to see more sides of a situation or personality, assess situations and people with a fair and objective approach to engage in strong and lasting friendships, but more importantly, to accept others, their inabilities and differences, for a more tolerant and joined society. In other words, teenagers will love reading this novel and be better for having read it.” Review by Lisa's Kids' Book Reviews
“…Hadley realizes is that even celebrities have their own insecurities, make bad decisions and underneath all that make up and the clothes they are just teenage girls hiding their own problems. Verdict: Next Door to a Star is a beautifully written story with genuine characters and a YA heroine who is much stronger than she thinks she really is!” Review from Anastasia Gkaitatzi, Book reviewer for Living in a Bookworld (Greece)
Competing with the Star (Star Series: Book 2)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?