I received an ARC from Razorbill Canada in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
Looking for a way to hold onto summer for just a little while longer? Juniors is the ultimate summer beach read with realistic friendships and a tropical beach setting. Also, the main character is very relatable due to her independence and very strong will, making Juniors a fun and entertaining read.
The story line of Juniors is very grounded. When reading a contemporary, I find it much more enjoyable when I can relate to the plot. Every relationship in Juniors has its ups and downs, much like real life. Lea and Whitney behave as most teen girls do. They have wicked fights, but also find a way to make peace and move forward. Hemmings has certainly hit the nail on the head with this accurate portrayal of friendship.
The setting of Juniors is one to fall in love with. The book takes place in the guest house of a mansion in a tropical location. Do I need to say more? The depictions are so breathtaking that readers will definitely find themselves whisked away to the tropics. It is the perfect backdrop for drama and adds so much fun to the plot of Juniors.
Lea is an incredible main character for Juniors. She really changes throughout the novel to become a strong person. What I really enjoyed about her is how independent she is. Lea’s father left and her mother is an actress, so she has learned not to rely on the support of others. It is her spunk and determination that gives the book its dimension and makes the book connect with the reader.
Juniors is the perfect summer read with its realistic relationships, tropical setting and spunky main character. I definitely think fans of Morgan Matson will enjoy this book, as the writing style and summer theme is pretty similar. This is the perfect book for the end of summer!