Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Lea Lane has lived in between all her life.
Part Hawaiian, part Mainlander. Perpetual new girl at school. Hanging in the shadow of her actress mother’s spotlight. And now: new resident of the prominent West family’s guest cottage.
Bracing herself for the embarrassment of being her classmates’ latest charity case, Lea is surprised when she starts becoming friends with Will and Whitney West instead—or in the case of gorgeous, unattainable Will, possibly even more than friends. And despite their differences, Whitney and Lea have a lot in common: both are navigating a tangled web of relationships, past disappointments and future hopes. As things heat up with Will, and her friendship with Whitney deepens, Lea has to decide how much she’s willing to change in order to fit into their world.
Lea Lane has lived in between all her life. But it isn’t until her junior year that she learns how to do it on her own terms.
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This book was exactly what I anticipated it to be, sweet, endearing, light, and perfect for a Sunday afternoon read. The story was somewhat refreshing, taking place on the Hawaii islands, which in most cases is referenced in books as a vacation spot. The story is also full of surprises and in the end, I got the ending I wanted…I just didn’t know that I wanted it until it was presented to me.
Lea is navigating the difficult world of high school, and being a mid-year transfer isn’t making it easier. The story perfectly displays how difficult high school is and how hard it is to make friends. At times, Lea can seem one dimensional but in the end it becomes an endearing trait to her personality. Will is, well I will let you form your own opinion about him. Whitney is in need of a true friend, desperately…someone please save or guide this lost soul.
There are also some great secondary characters, and you soon find yourself being thankful that your junior year is over…at least I did. It was an enjoyable read and while it didn’t emotionally move me and I will probably forget about the story, it was the perfect light read.
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