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The Education of Hailey Kendrick

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,393 ratings  ·  161 reviews
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 o ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Morgan F
Hailey Kendrick has a seemingly perfect life. She gets good grades, is Vice President of her class at a prestigious boarding school, and her boyfriend is one of the most popular guys at school. She is the type that always colors in between the lines. But after an argument with a father leaves her angry and upset, she commits a random act of vandalism with an unlikely conspirator. She is caught, but her co-conspirator is not, and she finds herself taking the fall. As a punishment, she is forced t ...more

"Tell me the truth. When you were a kid, did you always color inside the lines?”
"Coloring in the lines is the whole point. That’s why they have lines,” I said.
“That’s where you’re wrong. The lines are there just to hold you in. Like a prison. Think what you might have created if there hadn’t been any lines."

Funny, funny, funny, love it, love it, love it...

So, I must confess that the story itself is not memorable (but it is as sweet as honey.. I mean not that sweet, I don't like honey.. mayb

The Education of Hailey Kendrick :

Love love love. This is a fast read. I was absolutely in love with this book. Everything about it just pulls you in and is a real problem.

Hailey is tired of being perfect, she wants to shake things up. She does something one night out of anger and hurt and it turns everything she has known upside down. She damages school property and is found in a compromising position with someone other than her boyfriend. Hailey is now shunned, she has hurt the person she nev
This book was a bit of a surprise, to be honest. I really didn't expect it to turn out the way it did. The main character Hailey, had a lot of issues involving finding herself, and though she didn't really find herself at the end, she started to.

Any relationships she had changed for the better, and she evolved as a character from a somewhat depressing and almost whiny person to a more likeable person. One of the more interesting relationships was between her and her father, and the impact that
While Hailey was likable enough, I had a hard time sympathizing with her. Almost all of her problems are either of her own making...or not that big of a deal. Everything starts spiraling out of control when her dad cancels their summer plans? Yes, that sucks, and is clearly a symptom of an underlying issue in their relationship, but Hailey keeps escalating the situation with her harebrained schemes that failed to make me feel much sympathy for this ultra-privileged girl.

Cook does do an excellent
The Bookologist
Engaging and fun, The Education of Hailey Kendrick is a cute deliver onto a girls’ life trying to be ‘right’ all the time, but being ‘right’ doesn’t mean it’ll make you ‘perfect’. There were many amusing and laugh-out-loud moments, making it a pleasing chick-lit novel.

Cook built the plot line as if it were a ladder – if you get up the top, you’re in most trouble. It was a whirlwind for Hailey… a lot of mischief happens to her. She cheats on her boyfriend, broke a school’s statue, and looses the
I started this book as soon as I finished reading Prom and Prejudice and I had it done in about an hour, so there wasn't enough time to put it up as "Currently Reading". I really loved this book, despite its cringe-worthy moments. I love how Hailey finally stands up to her dad, and how her friends still stick up for her when it really matters. And Drew. How awesome is he? EXTREMELY awesome. :)
Feb 22, 2011 Vic rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every teenager out in the world
Recommended to Vic by: Pulse it
This book is amazing, not only does the main character becomes stronger in the end, all the problems that she had were resolved. This character Hailey Kendrick is a realistic character. Not like other books where the characters are in love and a dilemma happens and in the end it is resolved/ This is different.

In the beginning she is popular and smart because she dates the hottest and most popular guy in the school. Everyone loved her!

However, Hailey Kendrick is not the type of girl you think you
Mery St. Clair
Nuevamente, Eileen Cook no me decepcionó. Sus libros siempre son frescos, cómicos, con el romance exacto y juveniles.

Hailey Kendrick siempre hacia lo correcto, deseaba ser perfecta para su padre, con un dolor profundo desde que su madre murió en un accidente. Ella es popular, buena amiga, excelente novia. El verano antes de irse a la universidad lo ha esperado con ansias, pues se iría de vacaciones con su padre, pero cuando el cancela el viaje ella saca su lado "malo".

En un parpadeó ella le es
Emily Benoit
Concept/Ideas: 3.5/5

First book by Eileen Cook. I'm impressed. I like that her books always have humour, and they are definitely light reads. I love the covers of all of her books! The idea for this book was intriguing, but nothing really new. Still, I enjoyed it.

Storyline/Plot: 3.5/5

Better in the first half then the second. It kind of dragged a bit in some parts, but overall a fast paced read.

Characters: 3.8/5

I really enjoyed the characters, and they were likable, especially Hailey. Despite
I Really liked this book! It was interesting to read about the world of rich boarding schools but through the eyes of someone who wasn't famous or stuck up like some of the others at the school. I enjoyed watching her learn about life especially the through Drew and their shenanigans! lol
4.8!!! I'm going to be honest and say I totally didn't expect this book to be as good as it was. If your reading this review, go get this book and read it. You will not be let down. Oh and also, I love Drew. And Joel. Not so much for Tristan. He's okay I guess.
I very much enjoyed Ms. Cook’s Unraveling Isobel, mostly because Ms. Cook twisted the typical YA formula while still coloring within the lines. The Education of Hailey Kendrick has that same foundation of playing by the rules on Ms. Cook’s terms, but the book doesn’t click the way Unraveling Isobel does.

I love the premise of this book. Hailey Kendrick, Student Council Vice President, Girlfriend of the Most Popular Boy in School, and Straight-A Good Girl, attends a prestigious boarding school whe
My mom got this book for me because I'm sick. It was decent; I feel like the author is good but the plot was not.
Kickasstastic. Eileen is amazing. I have yet to read a book by her that I didn't love.
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I've been a fan of all of Eileen Cook's books and this one did not disappoint. It has all the good stuff that I've come to know as regular ingredients in a Cook novel: great characters, real issues and laugh out loud moments that are so rare in other books. Hailey Kendrick is a strong, smart and loyal character - the kind you'd totally want as a best friend, but it seems that in being what everyone wants her to be, she's missed out on figuring out what she wants to be. With the help of a new fri ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Sharli rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Who doesn't enjoy a fun and light story? This is exactly what The Education of Hailey Kendrick is.

Hailey is the kind of girl who always does things right, until one night, driven by pent-up frustration over her relationship with her father, decides to let loose and break a few rules. Everything was going well until she gets caught and from then on, everything starts falling appart. She gets into trouble with her father, with the principal of the school, with her boyfriend, with her friends ... S
Katy Rustemeyer
Mar 01, 2011 Katy Rustemeyer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Morgan Matson, Kate Brian, Lauren Barnholdt
Shelves: i-adore-you, 2011
I never thought I'd like this book this much, but good lord it was amazing. I insta-hated Joel though, not a fan. Hailey goes to a private school called Evanshaw. This school felt like Kate Brian's Private Series meets Gossip Girl, I like both those book series so that was ok with me. However, Hailey morphed into something so much more than a one dimensional private school snob, that might be a little endearing on her best day, Hailey was real. She was a klutz, she was constantly putting her foo ...more
Since the death of her mother Hailey has tried to be the perfect daughter for her father. She gets good grades, doesn’t get into trouble and does everything by the rules. What she’s most looking forward to is spending the last summer with her father before she leaves for college. But when he suddenly cancels their plans all her pent up frustration is unleashed as she takes out her anger on some school property. The one time Hailey does something bad and she gets caught. Overnight she ends up los ...more
Hailey Kendrick is the girl who has it all. She’s popular and pretty, has good grades, comes from a good family, goes to an elite school and has the perfect boyfriend. However, things are never as perfect as they seem. Ever since her mother’s death in a freak accident, Hailey has been trying to live as safely as possible. Although she does her best to be the perfect daughter, nothing she does seems to get the attention of her father, who sent her to boarding school after her mother’s death. When ...more
Moonlight Gleam
After the death of her mother, Hailey has done her best to be a great daughter for her father. Hailey is an outstanding student with good grades and always followed the rules. She also gained popularity while dating her boyfriend, Tristan, who is the son of Oscar winning celebrities. Although she is an excellent student with a bright future ahead of her, Hailey does her best to please everyone else except herself.

Hailey wants nothing more than to spend the last summer of high school with her fat
Kelly Hager
Ever since her mom was killed by a drunk driver, Hailey has been the perfect child. Part of it is so that her dad will never have to worry about her and part of it is because she now knows just how dangerous life is. Even so, it hasn't meant that their relationship is better. He's sent her to boarding school. Still, though, her life is pretty fantastic. She's got a great best friend and a wonderful boyfriend (the son of movie stars!).

And then it falls apart. Her dad says that the two of them spe
Avon Bernabe

At the first pages, I was really liking the humor of this book. It's just that, I didn't connect with the characters that much. I feel like I have to love this book but something's stopping me to. Maybe it is just because the characters didn't have a great impact on me and I don't think I was crazy about anyone.
I was annoyed with Kelsie even, despite her being a great friend, for denying what she had done at first. She even got mad when Hailey was just saying the truth. I was also looking for a
Rating: 3.2/5 stars
Series: Nope
Swoon Scale: Makes Me Laugh, Perfect Boy Material, Cute
Heated Moments: Nah
Sex: No
Swear Words: None that I can recall.
Action: Nope
Romance swoon scale: 2/5 stars
Genres: Young Adult, Chick lit, Romance, Boarding School Stories, Contemporary

The Education of Hailey K started of a bit slow but the pace picked up pretty fast. This was a great feel good book that left me with a smile on my face!

The writing was nice, straightforward, and easy to read. I loved the concept
Jodi Papazian
This is the second Eileen Cook book I've read recently and I am starting to become a real fan of hers.
The Education of Hailey Kendrick was an enjoyable read that I completed in a few short hours. Hailey's character was likeable and she was easy to feel sympathy towards.
I wish that Cook has focused on some of the other characters a bit more so I could have developed an opinion of them. However, for the most part, I just felt indifferent to the majority of them. (This was especially true for Jo
4.5!! Super cute with a great message!

The Education of Hailey Kendrick was a quick, yet super fun, book that had some surprising depth to it.

I identified with Hailey right away. She is very determined, hard working, smart. I immediately admire that about characters in books, plus Hailey isn't too far from being me. Except I'm a little bit more laid back, I think. Hailey was a character that I liked from the start and as I saw her develop as a character she definitely had an impact on my reading
Judy (Geeky Reading)

I’ve read two other books by Cook, and enjoyed them but they were still rather average reads. I ended up getting this one because I found it really cheap a while ago. I’m not even sure why I kept picking up her other books, seeing as how the first one I read was good but averagely forgettable; I think I was just attracted to her books for some reason, maybe partly hoping one would be amazing. I don’t know. Either way, I found this one to be rather enjoyable, and now hope to pick up her other
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
I found this to be a quick, but very enjoyable, read. Hailey is a likable character: she’s popular and wants to be liked, but she’s not a brat. I appreciated how she was generally a nice girl and wanted to do the right thing. Normally this is a good thing, but this good intention of Hailey's has spun out of control. Hailey wants to impress her absent Dad so badly that she tries too hard to be perfect, something which just isn’t possible. With this in mind, the book shares a great lesson that, me ...more
Sent to boarding school by her father, Hailey's strived to be the perfect student and perfect daughter in order to win her dad's attention. When he lets her down yet again, she goes a little crazy, damaging school property to the extent that the entire campus is on restriction, causing everyone to be mad and earning Hailey a lot of work on campus in an attempt to made up for her mistakes. This in turn leads to Hailey discovering things about herself that she never knew and realizing that there i ...more
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Eileen Cook spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you do something embarrassing like fall down the stairs in front of a group of people, you are required to act like you are fine, even if you aren't. Your arm could have a bone jutting out, and you would still try to laugh it off as if everything were hunky dory. This compound fracture? It's nothing! I like to let my bones out of my body once in a while for fresh air. It's good for them. 35 likes
“Tell me the truth. When you were a kid, did you always color inside the lines?”
"Coloring in the lines is the whole point. That’s why they have lines,” I said.
“That’s where you’re wrong. The lines are there just to hold you in. Like a prison. Think what you might have created if there hadn’t been any lines.”
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