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True Colors

(Landry's True Colors #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough ...more
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Astraea Press
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Katie W
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As I started reading this, I had to wonder--how old is the author anyway? Is she spying on my life? How can she possibly be spot on with all of this?! I thought Landry's voice was very realistic and true to a typical 8th grader. I have a 14 year old girl who just wrapped up her 8th grade year not long ago. I don't know how that happened, since I was just a 14 year old not too long ago (so it seems). All the details about everything from what she was thinking to what she was doing was so 14.

Suze Lavender
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Landry would like to have an interesting life. She wants to be able to talk about the amazing things that have happened to her, but her life is just normal. She has two best friends, she's doing pretty well at school and she has nice parents. When Landry enters a modeling competition things change. Her friends Erika and Tori both want to try out, so she joins them. She's very surprised when the judges select her to go to the next round. Unfortunately her friends are less excited about this than ...more
Paula  Phillips
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
All Landry Allbright wants is to be one of those high school girls who can share good news with her best friends and have something amazing to actually share for once , instead of being the girl who lives a boring life. When a modelling agency heads to town, Landry's friend Tori and Ericka decide that the three of them should give it a go. Landry has always felt awkward as she is taller than everyone , but with her blonde hair and blue eyes and height it seems as they walk the runway at the comp ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Thank you Netgalley for sending me a free copy of this book

True Colors was...entertaining at times. And that was pretty much all it was.

I would like to start off by saying that this book has been categorized as Young Adult on Goodreads and that is completely just off. This book should be listed as a Middle Grade book at the very most, and should actually be targeted to even younger audiences (I'm talking ages 9-11).

This book did have some entertaining moments, especially when I recognized some
Lorraine Carey
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been an educator for over thirty six years and really get excited when a novel like True Colors came along. I wish this book was available many moons ago when I was teaching so many preteen girls who let their emotions and hormones interfere with their schoolwork.
Let me say that there just were not books out there that dealt with teen issues.
Author Krysten Lindsay Hager did a fabulous job of depicting the woes of young teen girls. She must have gone undercover at a school to get such acc
Landry's friends, Ericka and Tori, convince her to enter a modeling competition with them. They get jealous and turn their backs on her when she continues on and they don't. Landry then tries to find somewhere else to fit in. The modeling competition does, indeed, bring out everyone's true colors, and some of them aren't very pretty.

This is a great book for middle grade girls! Landry goes through some growing pains with the girls she thought were her friends. What I liked is that she did seem to
Nicole Dunton
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Landry is just your typical teenage girl who faces the typical teenage drama. She has two amazing friends who she adores. Suddenly, her world is turned upside down when she enters and wins a popular modeling contest. Her best friends stop speaking to her and she's left alone and confused.

This was an amazing read. I thought it was very emotional and uplifting. The main character can come across as whiny and annoying sometimes, but she's a teenager. That's how she's supposed to come across. I was
S.J. Henderson
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a light read that I think a lot of middle school readers can identify with--the struggle to fit in, the cliques, the boy-crazy friends, the lack of confidence by several of the characters in the book. There was a good message here, that one shouldn't limit themselves to just one or two friends, but look for something redeeming in all different groups of friends.

I felt like the ending was a little rushed, and I would have liked more resolution with Landry's family situation; however, I
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice book that gets into the mind of a young girl, Landry. Krysten Hager does a good job of taking me back to the school days! But, boy am I glad to just be reading about teenage drama instead of actually experiencing this in school, lol. The book goes into friendships and being true to oneself, fitting in, and balancing life, written in a clean yet accurate way. I liked Peyton a lot, a very good, supportive friend. I wish Landry would stand up more for herself. I look forward to reading more ...more
T.C. Booth
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A look into the drama associated of teenaged girls through the eyes of Landry. I loved it.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a great story.
An excellent book for teens and adults alike. The characters are well crafted and the author does a great job portraying life as a teen. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend it.
Melody Delgado
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a true to life, page-turning read. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes modern teen reads. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen with Landry and her friends. Hager understands the world of teen girls and the dialogue and situations the girls find themselves in is spot on. The world she created is very realistic. I thought I was right beside Landry the whole time in her home, school and neighborhood. Glad there are more books to read about Landry. Looking forward ...more
Kathryn Svendsen
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Ericka, one of Landry’s two best friends insists on Landry and Tori going to the mall with her to enter the modeling tryouts to be on the American Ingénue show. Landry only very reluctantly agrees to enter when Ericka insists they both enter with her. Landry was surprised at the result of the tryouts, but more than shocked by her friends’ reaction.

I liked Landry’s down-to-earth nature. The story was written from her point of view, sharing her thoughts and feelings. I could really relate to her b
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

The Story:

Landry is just your typical teen, ready to grow up and be heard. She'd give anything to be popular, have great hair and have a few adventures worth talking about. But, that's just not Landry. She is the one people don't see, the boring one who people forget to invite to their party. That may be all about to change.

Landry and her two best mates decide to enter into a modelling contest. Though she is determined that she doesn't stand a chance at winning or even getting noticed, she relis
Inderpreet Uppal
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
True Colors has much to offer as it takes us with Landry as she discovers true friends, school and social challenges as well as discovering hard work is the only way to success. I started reading the book thinking it to be a story of Landry, a teen who was being bullied and how she fought back. To say the least, I found the story of the fourteen year old Landry quite relevant to the teens of today. The book deals with peer pressure, expectations and subtle bullying. How teens try to undermine fr ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r4r

True Colors is a cute novel that would be perfect for tweens and early young adults.

Landry Albright is a typical middle school student. She is happy with her group of friends, but that all changes when a big fashion competition comes to town. It is a preliminary round, but still tears her group of friends apart. As Landry advances in the competition
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours
Welcome back to High School... for me anyway lol ^_^

We meet Landry, a 13yr old girl who's slowly discovering who she is. Her best friends, Ericka & Tori convince her to join a modeling tryout with them. After much deliberation she decides to tag along.

Things start to fall apart when Landry receives a call to continue on and her two friends don't.

I couldn't believe how fast her so called "best friends" turned their backs on her, even though they're the one's who begged her to go with them. Just
Taylor Henderson
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to get a chance to read this novel. As a fan of Hager's work already, I wasn't surprised that I enjoyed this novel. Landry is a strong main character, who reminds me of many fourteen year olds I have met. She behaves and acts perfectly to fit the age group that Hager put her into. She is insecure, and wants to fit in, which is hard when your friends are so conniving and jealous of your success. In the beginning of this novel, Landry and her friends try out for American Ingenue, ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This book felt just like a soap opera to me. Only geared to 13 year olds. As an adult, it was really hard to stay focused and invested but I think this book might appeal to a lot of young 13 year old girls who are in to these sort of things.

The story is all about Landry who feels all the typical insecurities of this age group, and they are many. It's a tough age and most early teen girls will be able to relate. Throw in those boy crushes, the friend drama and some family issues and you have this
Kelly Smith Reviews
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
High school. Stephen King said, “I hated high school. I don’t trust anybody who looks back on the years from 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there’s something wrong with you.” That quote could be Landry in the future.
True Colors is the story of how awful high school is, and how even the popular kids are made to feel unwanted. Think Mean Girls without the sex. Landry could have been any of us at that age: shy, wanting to be popular and being the victim of bullies whom
Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
*Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars*

I really enjoyed this book, and I could barely put it down! I loved the characters and the plot, and even though yes, it was a book including middle school friendship struggles, I feel like the author really made it unique! I found Landry to be a really relatable character, with everything she had faced in the story. It takes a lot of courage to get up on a stage and model, but even though Landry may have messed up a little bit while doing so, she really pulled through
Sandra Lopez
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
How far would you go to fit in? Would you try out for a reality TV modeling competition show?

For someone as plain and tall as Landry, this definitely seemed like a waste of time, but friends pushed her into it. Now she had the grueling task of trying to look “exotic” and “gorgeous” rather than just “adorable.”

Reading this book made me feel like I was watching the floundering performances of American Idol contestants with tone-deaf voices and high-pitched shrieks. Oh, kill me now.

Witty at time
Julia Smith
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
True Colors, by Krysten Lindsay Hager is scarily realistic. The author has an uncanny memory for the middle school years. Her characters speak and act realistically. If goodreads had a 4.5 rating, that is what I would have given this book.

The main character, Landry, wants to be one of those squealers who runs toward her friends shouting "OMG, do I have news for you" but she is not. She sees her life as BORING. Even when her life takes a positive turn, her low self-esteem continues to plague her
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)

So to make a long story short, this book is about a thirteen year old girl and it was written for that younger tween age group who are trying to figure out how to fit in. The main character Landry auditions for a modeling competition with her friends who talked her into it and when she is picked to move on, they dump her as a friend and give her the cold shoulder. The entire book is about Landry trying to figure out who her real friends are and how to fit it in school while dealing with her pare
Jordanne Fuller
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenage and pre-teenage girls. Also women who want to remember their past
I loved this novel. Absolutely loved it. It is better geared toward teens, especially those who have a hard time making friends; but that didn't stop this 30 year old woman from thinking it was very well written. I couldn't put the thing down, I had to know what was going to happen every step of the way. I felt very connected to the main character, Landry, right down to the not so common name. I felt like Hager tunnelled into my memory banks and ripped pieces right out of my past. The characters ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Landry is your average American teenage girl, she wants to be popular and fit in with her peers.
When Landry's two best friends, Ericka and Tori ask her to try out for a modeling contest, she really wants to say no, but because she wants so desperately to fit in, she goes along with them. To everyone's surprise, Landry is the one that is picked. Back at school, Landry gets a bigger surprise, when she finds Ericka and Tori are no longer speaking to her because of the contest.

Landry continues on wi
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book brought back memories of middle school and All. The DRAMA. that comes with it. I was reading Landry's story and all of a sudden I was remembering when similar things happened. It made me realize that there is so much bullying going on in middle school, we do so much to try to fit in with our group of friends that we will take whatever it is they dish out with a smile.
This is not just great for middle school kids to read but for their parents. It would help them to understand the sort
Double Decker Books
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Life Story, Friendship, Gratifying Read

True Colors, is just a dazzling story of how middle school kids show their true colors of jealousy, drama, loss and gains of friendship. However, the way Krysten wrote her story; she wrote it with passion, creativity and honesty that this story line could be placed in anyone's life at any age.

Krysten writes with such a talent that even though True Colors was an adventure into the middle school life of girls, she showed such serene and peacefulness with her
Diana Jenkins
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for young readers! Krysten Lindsay Hager understands what it means to be a teen today, and she writes with an authentic voice. Landry, the main character, is funny, lively, and very real. Readers will relate to her struggles with friends and family, self-esteem and self-discovery, boys and school and life in general. It's fun to read about Landry's blossoming modeling career and the changes it brings. I'm hoping for a True Colors sequel so I can find out what happens next fo ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens and older
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Jenny Bynum
I loved this story

I am a Paranormal lover but this book actually caught my attention and made me want to buy it and read it. So, I did and I am glad I did!!! This book is absolutely amazing!!!!
I loved the plot the most!!! I so understood Landry was going through. It's tough being in school and being ridiculed by everyone in your class. I highly recommend this book to all ages from teen all the way up. It will intrigue and interest you from beginning to end and I give this author five stars and m
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Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton ...more

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