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The Education of Hailey Kendrick

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,662 ratings  ·  177 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 ...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. Thats why they have lines, I said.
Thats where youre wrong. The lines are there just to hold you in. Like a prison. Think what you might have created if there hadnt 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.. maybe
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 ...more
Dec 04, 2012 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
Apr 21, 2011 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
Jan 24, 2011 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
The Bookologist
Jan 20, 2011 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 doesnt mean itll 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, youre in most trouble. It was a whirlwind for Hailey a lot of mischief happens to her. She cheats on her boyfriend, broke a schools statue, and looses the trust of her
Jan 06, 2011 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. :)
Hailey Wheaton
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I really liked this book because I felt like I related to the book better because the main character's name is the same as mine. I also liked how there was always something going on throughout the book.

Plot Summary:
Hailey Kendrick is a rich, smart, pretty, and popular teenage girl, apart from that fact that her mother was killed by a drunk driver in a car crash. Hailey Kendrick has a boyfriend whos name is Tristan, he adores Hailey so much, but she feels a sudden urge to change
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2015
Finished this in a day! A nice, quick and cute read. Not Cook's best, but still enjoyable.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: every teenager out in the world
Recommended to Jade 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
Emily Benoit
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

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,
Elizabeth Nygren
Jun 07, 2015 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
Raima Rahman
Dec 13, 2015 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.
Sep 02, 2011 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.
Feb 15, 2011 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.
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Kickasstastic. Eileen is amazing. I have yet to read a book by her that I didn't love.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read The Education of Hailey Kendrick in one day. I did not want to put the book down. It took me a little bit to get into (only about the first twenty pages or so), but then I did not want to stop reading it. The characters each held their own and I was pulled into their individual narratives. The story had excellent pacing and never slowed down once the ball got rolling. I loved this read. The Education of Hailey Kendrick follows the story of a young soon-to-be-adult grasping to the thin ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cute, hilarity-ensues
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Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya, romance
This is exactly what one would want a YA, carefree, imaginative, fast read book to be. Fun characters, enjoyable plot, happy ending.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not a book I would want my teen readers to read
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
YA fun fluff with some YA substance. It had me smile and was a nice stress reliever.
Kayla Plutzer
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I dont remember this one so well, I read it in the beginning of high school. I know I liked it.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed Ms. Cooks 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. Cooks terms, but the book doesnt 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 where
Gabbi  Calabrese
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

This may sound strange, but I knew the moment I saw one of Eileen Cook's books that I would love her. Still, I was shocked by how much I adored this book. The Education of Hailey Kendrick is a contemporary that perfectly balances funny and serious, life lessons and good times, pain and laughter. I was addicted from the very first sentence:

"There was a matter of life and death to deal with, and instead we were wasting our time discussing Mandy Gallaway's
Moonlight Gleam
Jan 20, 2011 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
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gahh, I loved this book so much! After reading several books that I had to force myself to get through, it was nice to start something that kept me interested. I read a few chapters, not really all that intruigued, but the next thing I knew, I was really getting into the story. I actually sat down and read this straight through. It's nothing mind-blowing really. However, it's the type of book that you read if you want to lose yourself in a light cute story. It was actually a lot deeper than I ...more
Judyth (Geeky Reading)
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

Ive 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. Im 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 dont know. Either way, I found this one to be rather enjoyable, and now hope to pick up her other
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, cute-reads
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
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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.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

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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.”
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