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Competing with the Star

(Star #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  90 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 (Hiding in the Pages)
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
Jun 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Stars

Competing With the Star is the second book in the Star series by Krysten Lindsay Hager. It follows on from the first book, Next Door to a Star- so I recommend reading that book before starting on this one. It will give you all the background information, character introductions, and other important information which will enhance your reading experience of this book.
Something Ms. Hager does well is write from a teenage perspective- delving into all the issues, drama, and angst that plague
Dawn Daughenbaugh
5 Stars
Competing with the Star (Star Series Book 2) by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Competing with the Star is the second book in the Star Series by Kristen Lindsay Hager. This is a fast paced sweet romance that I truly enjoyed reading. There’s the right amount of drama that kept me turning the pages. The characters are well developed and very relatable. Hadley is a young teen who has moved to a new town and ends up falling for a boy of her dreams. What will happen when she finds out her dream boyfrien
Jenni Bishop
Jun 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This sweet YA Romance by Krysten Lindsay Hager, Competing with the Star is the second book in the series. As I said before Krysten is known for her YA romances and it is what she does best. It is full of drama and angst, insecurity and anxiety, jealousy, and high emotions makes life hard enough as a teenager but without confidence and trust self-doubt is a bad thing. Mean girls and bullies, lies and deceit, love, and betrayal and so much more will delight YA readers.

Just who should she
Karyn Taylor
Jun 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Competing With The Star is the follow-up book to Next Door To The Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager. It is a sweet young adult romance that I really enjoyed (although I’m far from a young adult these days, lol). I had enjoyed Next Door To The Star but I must say that I enjoyed this book more than the first one.
Having moved next door to tv star Simone and becoming friends with her, Hadley is now struggling when she finds out that her boyfriend Nick used to be totally infatuated with Simone. She feel
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
Katherine Hayward Pérez
When Hadley moves to Grand Haven, she is not sure what to think, After all, she has to change everything about her life: home, school, friends....

One of her good friends cut contact with her little by little when she moved and so that has left her scarred. The girls at school go round in a group and son't seem to want to have Hadley around. The fight is on....but who will win Nick's heart?

Hadley is quite strong-willed and she does the best she can with what she has.

When she meets Nick, she can'
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
Wendy Wary
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this second book in the series. Where I had trouble relating to the obsession about celebrities and trying to fit in to the popular group in the first book, it really built a foundation for book two of the series, where Hadley's character shined a lot brighter. Establishing a solid group of friends to rely on really helped Hadley shine through with more confidence and allowed the author to really show her kind and thoughtful nature, and she seemed to naturally help her newfound ...more
Lydia's Bookshelf
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Motherhood, Books, and More Blog (#MBMB):

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!

In this blog I promote more family friendly-i
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
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
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
**I received this book on a read to review basis in exchange for an honest review.**
**Full review will be up on my blog**
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
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
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. ...more
Kelli Dart
Jul 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 2nd book in this series and I liked it just as much if not more than the 1st book. Hadley the main character is learning to navigate and balance life between high school, friends, and boys. She learns a lot about herself in this book. I love the lesson in this series and encourage others to read it regardless of age.
Jul 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Competing With The Star is the second book in the Star series by Krysten Lindsay Hager.

I highly recommend this series! I really enjoyed this second book and felt I connected with the characters even more than when I read the first book, Next Door to a Star.

Hadley is at her new school with her new friends and her cute boyfriend, Nick. Life is the best it has been for her since she moved to Grand Haven. She and Nick have a great friendship and a great relationship as well and they can talk to ea
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
Ashley Dover
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, young-adult
Lindsay Hager has done it again. I loved the first book in the Star Series, and “Competing with the Star” is even better. This book is great for young teenage girls who are looking to find their place in the world of high school. The characters are well developed and their stories are those that you could find in any high school in America.

Starting her sophomore year, Hadley finally feels like she has everything she ever wanted - a good group of friends and a boyfriend. Hadley had always felt u
Jun 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Competing with the Star is the 2nd book in the Star Series by Krysten Lindsay Hager. You should read them in order, as this book picks up right where the first left off. We continue to follow the life of teenager Hadley Daniels. She has recently moved to a new town, and is figuring out where she fits in socially. Over the summer, she stayed with her grandparents, and made some new friends, but teen life is confusing. She and her crush Nick have decided to make things official, which should be gr ...more
Tasha Mahoney
This is a sweet romance with all the drama of being a teen, at school, with insecurity and a first boyfriend. I have to say that having read Competing With The Star, I am so glad that all that angst and drama is behind me.
I would have been comfortable with letting my daughter read this while she was still school age (About 12+ depending on the maturity of the reader) as there was nothing in it that would be inappropriate for a young reader to see. Of course, this is subjective but my daughter r
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
Amys Bookshelf Reviews
Just when life seems perfect...

Hager pens a sweet and realistic story in Competing with the Star. This story follows up from the book Next Door to a Star, which I read and liked. Poor Hadley, she is still living next door to a star, Simone Hendrickson, a TV star. Hadley has been living under her shadow and had been outcasted. Now, it's different for her, but is it really? It's a really good story about teenage (girl) angst and dealing with a he said/she said when it comes down to her boyfriend v
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