The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook
Details: Hardcover, 272 pages
Published: Jan. 4th, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what's expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night, Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way...and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Hailey gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them.Suddenly, Hailey's perfect life--and her reputation--are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don't trust her. Her boyfriend won't even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she's been dumped.They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?
This review was first posted on Candace's Book Blog.
This book really ended up being a lot of fun. But it wasn't all about the fun only, as poor Hailey is going through a lot. I really, truly 100% felt bad for her. This book really brought out the emotions for me. I felt such anger at her father for letting her down, at her friends for not standing up for her in the beginning and Hailey for letting them get away with it all. She was a truly nice person who was willing to take the fall for something that wasn't all her fault and everyone made her life miserable for one simple mistake.
For her punishment Hailey has to clean at her school and she's assigned to work with a cute townie (she goes to a boarding school). He ends up being a fantastic character!
I loved Hailey and her amazing personality. Although she was a bit too nice in the beginning she finally finds her voice. I really enjoyed watching her journey. One thing that I may have liked a bit more development of was her quirks. She really obsesses over things being dangerous, all the things people die from (she knows how many are killed by falling soda machines each year). But I felt like her obsession was only skimmed over and wasn't as there as I may have liked. However that was a very minor complaint.
Although the book takes place in the winter it really felt like a great summer read. I think it was the lighter tone and the way the story was told that made it feel that way. Plus it's a light read that I finished in under a day.
I highly recommend this book!
Disclosure: I purchased this book and all opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid or influenced in any way.
Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.