Friday, April 8, 2011

The Education of Hailey Kendrick

The Education of Hailey Kendrick
by Eileen Cook

Ever since her mother died in a freak accident while crossing the street, Hailey has been the perfect daughter focusing on never causing trouble and always being safety conscious.  Now in her senior year, with the perfect boyfriend, great grades, tons of popularity to keep her company, and college applications on the way, there's really not much bad going on for her.

But bad news often comes like a snowball rolling downhill and Hailey's gotten caught in the damage.  Everything, and I mean everything, has suddenly gone completely wrong.  She loses her perfect boyfriend.  Her grades are suffering. She's shunned by everyone.  And no college will take her if her record doesn't clear up.

Hailey's made a HUGE mistake that may never be able to be fixed, but she's just got to try and make things right.

Final thoughts:  Meh.

Ok.  Really.  This book could have been more fun.  It wasn't a disaster, but it's definitely not memorable.  Hailey's choices make absolutely no sense and then she just keeps making more bad choices.  It might make sense if Cook hadn't already introduced her as a super-responsible girl, but this sudden about-face into stupidity makes little sense.  It was fun to watch.  I'll admit that.  But thinking back on it, I just don't get the choices that were made.

So, yeah... Meh.

Rating: 3/5

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