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The Education of Hailey Kendrick

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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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"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
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
Dec 04, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it

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
Feb 10, 2011 Angela rated it it was ok
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
Apr 25, 2011 Celeste rated it liked it
Shelves: in-possession-of
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
The Bookologist
Jan 20, 2011 The Bookologist rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2011 Kaitlynne rated it it was amazing
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 17, 2016 Amy rated it liked it

THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK is a charming, albeit predictable story of a seemingly perfect girl falling off her pedestal and into the arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, a janitor at her elite boarding school.

Being the perfect daughter, girlfriend and student just wasn't paying off for Hailey and after a few epically bad decisions, she hardly knows herself. Eileen Cook, a gifted writer gave Hailey an intelligent, sarcastic, witty voice. She was a multidimensional, lika
Nov 29, 2015 Amelie rated it really liked it
Hailey Kendrick ist ein junges Mädchen, das auf einem Internat lebt und eigentlich immer alles richtig gemacht hat. Sie folgt immer den Regeln, geht eine gerade, zielstrebige Linie und kommt so nie vom Weg ab. Bis zu dem Tag, an dem ihr Vater ihr eröffnet, dass er den Sommer nicht mit ihr verbringen wird und bei Hailey ein wenig die Sicherungen durchbrennen. Sie küsst nicht nur den besten Freund ihres Freundes, sondern beschmutzt auch das Denkmal der Schule. Als das ans Licht kommt muss sie helf ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Vic rated it really liked it
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
Jul 13, 2011 Mery St. Clair rated it really liked it
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
May 06, 2012 Emily Benoit rated it liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2012
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 30, 2013 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it liked it
Shelves: dtb-book
I always love these types of books. The one were the heroine isn't perfect and doesn't always have the right answers. She makes mistakes and she figured herself out along the way.

There is just something so real about them, I guess because we are all like that. We are people just trying to find our way in life. Figure out who we are and what we want to be when we grow up.

It surprised me how much I really enjoyed reading about Hailey. I liked watching her make mistakes and slowly figure them out.
Raima Rahman
Dec 13, 2015 Raima Rahman rated it it was amazing
I had major book cravings. ;-; I don't think I've gone this long without reading in like, forever. It's all Rusafa's fault. She tested my temptations. And I gave in...
This was a complete light read. It was nice. My mood has been up-scaled by miles.
Elizabeth Nygren
Aug 04, 2015 Elizabeth Nygren rated it really liked it
This book was really good. It wasn't quite what I expected but I kinda liked that. It was cute and quirky and you just fell in love with the characters. It wasn't the best book but it was nice to read a nice happy ending in a book that didn't make you cry. It kinda flip flopped around but I really like how even though Hailey seemed like a pompous character, she wasn't that bad. It was pretty good. Can't wait to read more of Eileen Cook!
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
Oct 12, 2012 Maegan rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 07, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
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
Feb 15, 2011 Deirdre rated it liked it
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.
Jul 02, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-this
Kickasstastic. Eileen is amazing. I have yet to read a book by her that I didn't love.
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I am so intrigued with stories where the main character seems perfect and has to deal with the fact that they aren't. I didn't like it as much as I thought, but it was still an interesting read.

I can definitely relate to Hailey wanting to be perfect, and to the moment where she does something she wouldn't normally do. I really liked the relationship she formed with Drew because of that one moment, and how she started to show and figure out who she really was instead of projecting a particular i
Mar 23, 2015 Simone rated it it was ok
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Mar 30, 2013 Joanne rated it it was amazing
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 liked it
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 it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2011 Emma rated it it was ok
Shelves: post-uni
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
Jan 22, 2011 Moonlight Gleam rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2011 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 2012 Avon Bernabe rated it liked it

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
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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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