Hello Everyone! I have a special guest today I want to share with you. Her name is Krysten Lindsay Hager and she has a family friendly wonderful book she wants to share!
Krysten starts off telling about writing from a teen standpoint and continues discussing friends and frenemies.
Writing from a Teen Standpoint with Krysten Lindsay Hager
1. Is the main character in the series, Landry’s True Colors, a teen version of yourself?
No, but Landry and I share a lot of similarities (we both hate math, look bad in navy blue, and have dealt with frenemies), but she has her own personality. She’s a bit more introverted than me, too. We both like soap operas and had soap star crushes (I loved Lorenzo Lamas when I was in preschool through fifth grade then I “left” him for George Michael), we’ve both modeled, and liked some of the same things. People say they can “hear me” when they read the book. I don’t think of Landry as a little sister, or a cousin, or even as my kid. She’s more like the person I want to protect from the world, but at the same time I completely see where she’s coming from.
One more similarity we have— we both hated gym in grade school, however in ninth grade my gym class shared the gym with the junior and senior basketball class…suddenly gym class was my fave. Also, at her age, I was already planning my wedding to George Michael. Lucky for me, I had backup crushes…
2. Have you had issues with frenemies yourself?
Sure have—and still do! The other day I was talking to a friend and all of a sudden she came out with a comment that had a lot of sting behind it and it stunned me. But later I realized that it was her issue about herself and really had nothing to do with me. That’s something you don’t pick up on when you’re a teen. You take it all so personally and internalize it, but as an adult you realize a lot of what people say is a reflection about them instead.
3. Did you ever have your friends turn against you like Landry did?
Sure, not so much in high school, but when I was younger. Once it happened during a time my grandparents happened to be visiting. I never brought the argument up to my family (I internalized a lot back then), but it distracted me from enjoying my time with my grandma and grandpa. My grandma passed away less than two years later. I really regretted not being able to put all that mess aside and really focus on their visit—that’s time I can’t get back. So in Best Friends…Forever?, I have a new friend of Landry’s, Kendall, tell her about going through that very same thing.
I will admit as an adult I have often hid things that I was excited about because the backlash from so-called friends made me feel awkward. I remember going for coffee with a friend and seeing the June issue of a magazine on the stand and knowing that was the issue I had an article in. As we left the coffee shop, I lied and said I forgot my sunglasses and went back to get some copies of the magazine which I stuffed into my purse so my friend wouldn’t see them.
4. How does Landry change in the second book in the series (if at all)?
She definitely goes on a journey in terms of self-esteem and dealing with frenemies. We see her develop more of a backbone in terms of dealing with the situation and also in handling it in a mature way (due to some advice she gets along the way). She is willing to admit her problems with friends are overwhelming her and reaches out for help. It’s her dad who is able to relate his own issues with the same friendship drama that helps her out. In this book, she learns a lot more about loyalty and telling the truth (even when it hurts). She also shares her fear of failure and gets advice on how to deal with that as well. That is a hard thing to come out with, but in doing so she is able to learn how to handle that stress better. It was a fun (and funny) book to write and it mixes the awkward teen years and cringe worthy moments with the funny times we all have shared with friends as well.
Best Friends…Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Tag line: Good friends have your back, but some go behind it.
Blurb: Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.
Landry gets her first boyfriend, but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue modeling competition.
I got ready for bed and then stopped to check my social media page one more time and that’s when I saw it — another picture of Peyton, India, and Devon hanging out. They were sitting on the couch with their heads scrunched close together and laughing. It was a cute picture, but then I saw the caption: So glad we could all be together for the holidays. Love these guys soooo much! Best friends forever. #Alltogether #Threemusketeers #BestFriendsForever #ThreeBestFriends #ThreesCompany.
My heart sank. It was India’s caption and anyone who read it would think what a close‑knit group of friends and not realize anyone was missing from that photo. Sure, I was in another state, so naturally I couldn’t be there for it, but the way India wrote that made me feel so left out. I mean, what did she mean by the “ʺThree’s Company”ʺ hashtag? And sometimes people tagged friends who weren’t there in pictures and added, “ʺWish you were here,”ʺ but there was no mention of a fourth member of the group.
“Ready for bed, hon?” Mom asked coming into my room.
“Yeah, just signing off.”
“Okay, sleep well.”
I got into bed and hoped I was reading into things, but the knot in my stomach wouldn’t go away.
“Landry, it’s gotta be so awkward for you to be going to Vladi’s school next year,” Tori said. “I mean, what if you run into him during the tour?”
“It’s a huge place,ʺ Ashanti said. “People break up all the time. It’s not a big deal.ʺ
Tori raised her eyebrows as if to say, “Yeah, right,” and went back to her sandwich. Meanwhile my delicious homemade soup was no longer sitting well. It never occurred to me Vladi might be around during the first pre‑freshman tour. I would be mortified if I ran into him and he was with a girl. Or worse yet, running into him, and he was with Yasmin. Plus, I hadn’t told my mom about the breakup, so if she saw him, she’d probably go over to talk to him. I could already imagine it: “Landry, Vladi’s here! Hon? Why are you hiding behind the garbage can? Your boyfriend, Vladi, is here. Come say, ‘hello.’ Stop trying to run away. Why is everyone laughing and pointing at you and calling you a ‘loser dumpee?’ What does that mean?”
Well, maybe the world would end and I wouldn’t have to deal with high school or Vladi and my mother running into each other.
Sadly, the world did not end, and on Thursday, we all had to go to the high school for a freshman information night from 6 to 9 p.m.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFp2fPFbvTQ&feature=youtu.be
Author bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image in both True Colors and Best Friends…Forever?
Krysten is an Amazon international bestselling author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
What people are saying about True Colors (Landry’s True Colors Series Book One):
From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: “This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!”
From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren’t everything. This book is related to every teen’s problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”
Amazon international: http://authl.it/B00UIP1N5S
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