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Competing with the Star

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  39 reviews
The perfect guy, the perfect location. What could go wrong?

Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…

Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams—Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discov
Published March 22nd 2016 by Limitless Publishing
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Suze Lavender
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hadley's life seems to be a lot better now that she's living in Grand Haven. She has several great new friends, she can see her grandparents and favorite aunt as often as she likes and she also has a boyfriend, Nick. Nick is a great guy, he's handsome and he's sweet. He and Hadley are really good friends as well and they can talk about anything. Their relationship isn't perfect though, because Hadly isn't the only girl who likes Nick. There are several other girls who would love to date him. One ...more
Katie W
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, the feels! Krysten Lindsay Hager has a way of drawing me right back to my high school days with her writing--feelings and all. This book is a continuation of Next Door to a Star. Hadley is now settling in and a new boyfriend, Nick, really helps her feel like she belongs. What girl hasn't felt insecure at one time or another when trying to figure out if "he loves me, he loves me not?" Hadley is real. She has real struggles, real strengths, real reactions, and real emotions. Nick once had a cr ...more
Taylor Henderson
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Competing With the Star was a fun an entertaining read. I really enjoyed reading about Hadley trying to fit in, and experiencing her first real relationship. I've said this before, but I will say it again. Hager does an impeccable job capturing the emotions of this age group. Reading this novel made me feel like I was back into my teenage body, experiencing all of the emotions I felt in high school. Boys, friends, and enemies can surely make life complicated, especially when one of your friends ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hadley is very happy with her life now that she's living in Grand Haven. She has found some great friends and enjoys being with her family. Hadley and her boyfriend Nick have been dating for a while and Hadley is glad she's found such a good guy. Nick is a handsome and popular boy and Hadley soon finds out that she has more competition than she thought. Hadley has been friends with Simone, a beautiful former TV star. However, Hadley finds out that Nick used to have a huge crush on Simone and rum ...more
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book follows Hadley a teenager who is a sophomore in high school and is completely told from her point of view. Since she just moved recently into town she is trying to find her place at a new school with new friends. She also just got her first boyfriend Nick. We get to learn a lot about Hadley's friends and also the relationship that she has with each of them throughout the book.

I love that the author captured the teenage mind in the book. She did a great job with showing how as a teenage
Leslie M.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s Hadley Daniels’s sophomore year of high school, and she is finally getting established in Grand Haven, Michigan. She has a small group of friends and, oh yeah, she also has a hot boyfriend named Nick Jenkins. Things seem to be going great until she learns Nick apparently had a past with her friend, and former TV star, Simone Hendrickson. How can she possibly compete with that!? She doesn’t want to be anyone’s second choice. Can she believe Nick when he tells her that nothing happened with S ...more
Paula  Phillips
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hadley Daniels has just moved to a new town away from her friends and is starting fresh. She has a new group of friends and one of them is former TV Star Simone , this has made Hadley's new friends a group of the popular kids and one guy has caught her eye - Nick . He and Hadley have moved from early friends to dating and now giving a relationship a go . This is hard for Hadley as his ex-girlfriend Regan is a stunner and it seems that everyone wants a bit of Nick including mean girl Morgan who i ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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Hadley is a typical teenage girl dealing with typical teenage girl problems and issues. At the beginning of the book she’s just started dating Nick. She’s new to town and while she seems to be fitting in just fine, she’s still insecure and self conscious about her place in the world and especially her place in her new high school with her new friends. She’s a sweet, naïve girl who made me think about the person I was in high school. It’s such a hard time, trying
Lydia H
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I am in a YA-high lately and am truly loving it! I finished this novel a couple of days ago and now all I want to do is go back and read book 1 in the series and see where everything started! Ah! Krysten Lindsay Hager has gained a new fan here! She managed to portray perfectly all the teenage drama and feelings – I felt as if I was back in high school all over again! Fabulous!

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May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
If drama-fueled YA is your thing, this is the book for you.

Hadley and her family moved before her sophomore year of high school, but she has acclimated herself pretty well into her new Michigan lake-side town. For starters, she has a boyfriend: Nick, possibly the hottest guy in school.

Hadley is nothing if not a high school girl, though, so of course she's a bit insecure when it comes to Nick. He's had his share of gorgeous, popular girlfriends, and Hadley struggles with wondering what he sees in
Haniya Qamar
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I was excited to read this piece of amazingness! I really liked the first book! It was such a comfy summery read! The second book was even more amazing! I kept reading and reading and reading and just couldn't stop! 

This story revolves around Hadley aka my bae. Her problems are so damn relatable. After having her first real boyfriend, Strange things start happening. Simone is starting to put negative thoughts about Nick inside Hadley's mind.
B.K. Rivers
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone 14+
Krysten did a great job getting the voice of a 15-year-old girl down. I felt like I was watching a teenage drama unfold, which, technically I was. The issues of trust and insecurities run throughout the entire book. And as a 15-year-old girl, the issues are spot on. Nick was great, he loves his family, especially his grandfather and his devotion to Hadley was really sweet. Then insert Simone, a girl we all love to dislike—strongly. Krysten did a great job portraying her as an insecure, manipulat ...more
Medeia Sharif
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hadley has girls who say not-so-nice things about her, celebrities who must outshine her, and a mind filled with insecurity. Nick is her boyfriend and he has many amazing qualities, but knowing that Simone—a teen star—wants him can place a rift between them. Romance and the bonds of friendship are tested as Hadley learns about whom to trust and the true qualities of herself and others. This novel had the feel of a spring/summer read. Hadley’s circle of friends and enemies pop out at the reader. ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review is based on an ARC provided by the author and /or publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

This was an adorable read. The characters were well written. So much so that the heroine left me disgusted on more than one occasion. Which being high school I am sure it is more than accurate. I know it may come as a shock to you but I have not had to run to a hs classroom in many many eons. :O So kudos to an author that makes me believe in her characters so much I want to twi
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought that this book was a really light, summery type book to read. While I felt disconnected at times, I blame that more on my mood than the book itself. I really liked reading about the relationships in this book and seeing how tough situations made friendships closer and people grow. The main thing I would complain about the book is that it was really short and I would
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story really encompasses the high school experience. Friendships and relationships aren't easy and some friendships aren't as great as they seem while others are hidden gems that take time to develop.(I absolutely LOVED this part of the story) I also loved that it was based in Michigan in a town not too far from my own. I didn't read the first story and it would have been very beneficial for the back story that is referred to a few times.
Shelle Perry
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hadley has gotten in with the “In” crowd at her new high school. She had good friends and a great boyfriend and life was good, even if she had to deal with a few ‘mean girls’ along the way. While I was never friends with a tv star, I have to say that this book brought me back to high school romance with all its unknowns and insecurities. I imagine most teen girls would see themselves in this book somewhere.

I read the first book in this series, ‘Next Door To A Star’ and I admit that I was a littl
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads through a giveaway. This book is the second book to the series and though I have not read the first book I was still able to follow along just fine. I was drawn to the book by its cover art - I really liked how it looked and the story line sounded good.

This books is about Hadley who is a sophomore in high school and she just moved to a new town. I can relate to this book since I moved a lot as a teenager but even without that the author writes it so you can understa
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!

It's a perfect teenage drama. I loved the characters and the story. I found it to be a fun & entertaining read. Something to enjoy when you feel bored. It has the usual annoying teenage girls who don't make much sense but at the same time, their foolish little problems are somehow more important than we'll ever understand. All in all, it's a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It made me laugh and sometimes it made me cringe, and that means it did its job well as a YA nove
InD'tale Magazine

Ms. Hager’s book is filled with teen angst that the reader will feel right from the very start, and it makes it easy to sympathize and understand Hadley.

Read full review in the 2017 July/August issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Overall like the story. I like the premise and Nick is great. Hadley I did have some tendrils of meh with. My issue is her insecurities. I mean I understand some insecurity especially since this is your first serious relationship but hers went beyond that. what made that worse was she said she could talk to Nick about things and felt comfortable with him but she wouldn’t talk to him about what bothered her. She took things that were said and changed it in her mind to other things and never asked ...more
Rae Sontheyon
Teenage Dating With All It's Drama And Angst . . .

Seriously this novel reminded me of why I'm thankful my group of friends never dated each other. However, if you're a teen who's facing doubts in relationships with friends and boyfriends, or have nostalgia for such novels and stories, then this book (series) is what you're looking for. This novel is a somewhat sequel to "Next Door To A Star" novel, but I was able to read this novel as a standalone with minimal confusion, only a few parts refer t
Jane Hunt
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Even though I haven’t read the first book in the star series, I found it easy to understand the characters and the relationships. Hadley our teenage heroine has many of the insecurities, which inflict most of us at this young age. Teenage girls often fall into two groups; the ‘mean girls’, who hide their self esteem issues by putting down their peers
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Once again, Krysten Lindsey Hager takes her readers into the mind of 15-year old Hadley Daniels as Hadley embarks on her first real romantic relationship. When we last saw Hadley, she had finally found her place, solidifying friendships and making her relationship with Nick Jenkins official. Of course, when you’re 15, nothing stays the same for long, especially when old feelings of insecurity find their way to the forefront of your mind.

I wasn’t sure at first if I’d like this sequel to
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager is a cute, easy, and fun read.

Hadley is just a normal teenager beginning her sophomore year of high school.. She has a group of friends and has friend drama. Then she meets Nick. Nick is the perfect boy for her, and she falls in love. Drama appears when there is some crazy ex-girlfriend drama. Will Hadley and Nick stay together?

I th
Stacy Sabala
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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Book Review- Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Hadley and Nick are finally dating. Their first date is planned after a school day. She is all excited until her friends invite themselves. Hadley is nervous about dating Nick. She has never had a boyfriend before so she is unsure what to do or what to expect. Her self-esteem is a bit shaky when she is friends with Simone who was a childhood star and gorgeous.
Things go well with her and Nick until Simone plants the seeds of doubt in H
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this series. Hadley met Simone, a former teen TV star, in the first book. She also met Nick, who confused her. At the beginning of this book, they are just starting to date and it's a bit awkward at first. Hadley is insecure around him but he's patient with her and continues to show her she can trust him. Just as she's starting to feel secure in their relationship, she overhears a conversation which turns everything upside down.

This book was more about Hadley and Nick'
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
While I enjoy books written with all age groups in mind, this one had a bit too much teenage angst for me. I do see it appealing to girls between the ages of thirteen and seventeen years.
It is an emotionally charged story of young love, new friendships and fitting in.
More than anything it is about feeling you belong.

Several aspects of this story I could relate to on a personal level. A family member had an anaesthesia reaction with results such as explained in the novel. I also know kids living
Rebecca Barber
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hadley finally has the boy she's always dreamed about - after moving to a new town and losing touch with her best friend Hadley finds herself trying to find her place with a new group of girls... and at 15 that's not always easy. And with these girls competition is fierce - one is the most popular in the school, while the other was a Hollywood starlet. So when Hadley finally lands her boyfriend Nick, she has to fight not only her own insecurities but their constant barbs as well.

Nick has his own
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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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