Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart HemmingsTitle: Juniors
Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: four-stars

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.


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Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings 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.

❀ A very Grounded Story Line

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.

❀ Perfect Setting

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.

❀ Incredible Main Character

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.

❀ Great Summer Read

Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings 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!

About Kaui Hart Hemmings

Kaui Hart Hemmings

I'm the author of The Descendants, House of Thieves, The Possibilities and Juniors, a YA novel. My next novel, How to Party with an Infant will be published August 9 2016.

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

  1. Olivia Roach says:

    I hadn’t heard of this book before but I saw the cover and it intrigued me. I like the looks of this and it seems like it has an exotic setting which a girl like me always enjoys. I will have to be on the lookout for more about this book. Great review!

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