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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 o 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 of them. Suddenly, Hailey's perfect life--and her reputation--are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don't trust her. Her boyfriend won't even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she's been dumped. They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?


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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 o 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 of them. Suddenly, Hailey's perfect life--and her reputation--are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don't trust her. Her boyfriend won't even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she's been dumped. They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?

30 review for The Education of Hailey Kendrick

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    "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." ★★★★★ 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 hone "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." ★★★★★ 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 as sweet as ice cream or chocolate. Oh, I love M&M's, so I would say as sweet as those but it is so much fun to read), and it is true that some characters are quite 'not nice' (and also I have to tell you that I hate her best friend and I don't care that the author wanted us to believe that she wasn't mean .. I still don't like her.. (view spoiler)[What did I tell you about your girlfriend's boyfriend, huh? (hide spoiler)] )... But... If you ignore these 2 minor things you will find out that: - the book is wonderfully written and - there are tons of beautiful quotes I've marked on my book that now it looks like a rainbow, ..So instead of only 4 stars I give it 5. And one more thing... I love Drew (yeah, present tense). And I loved the moments with Hailey and Drew, they were perfect for each other, and I can't put into words how funny these two were together - I just couldn't stop laughing. I'll definitely read some more from this author :D This review can be found at ReadingAfterMidnight.com ____________________________________________ Blog (EN) | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin' | Blog (RO) ____________________________________________

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 t 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 to do janitorial service with a snarky townie, and the whole entire school is put on probation. Hailey has no choice but to watch her life change, as her boyfriend and her grow farther apart, her friends ignore her, and she loses the trusts of her teachers. Hailey is forced to begin coloring outside the lines if she wants to stay true to who she is. God help me, I really liked this book. I do not like books like these. I hate cutesy books with their morals and their predictability and their cheesiness. I should have hated this one too. But the thing is.....I didn't....Am I turning into a sap or what?! I blame it on the novel's charm. Yes, it was predictable and slightly cheesy, but it kept my glued to the pages. Honestly, I don't what adhesive got me stuck there, but it sure did work. Hailey was likable and at times, quite hilarious. She was awkward in all the right ways. I actually cringed for her, like the time she fell down the stairs. That would sooo happen to me. Right when she was trying to make a silent exit too *shakes head in laughter* Hailey was a relatable character, I think I mean to say. Also, her relationship with Drew was so cute! But not cheek-pinching cute. *glares at Arlene* At the end of the book, I was actually grinning. GRINNING. My God! The cuteness, the humor, the sweetness had me looking like the Cheshire Cat! [image error] I'm going soft! Quick, someone tell a dead baby joke! Overall, I did like this book. Quite a bit, actually. I read one Cook previously (Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood), and I enjoyed as well, although not as much. In these two books, I can sense a formula. She takes a well known novel (In this case, The Scarlet Letter), gives it a modern day makeover, and infuses it with DIsney charm. And for some reason, it all works. If anyone calls me soft after this, I shall stab them with a fork.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    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 nev 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 never wanted to hurt. She has messed up big, but then she wanted change. She starts to isolate herself more, and is startled to find out something HUGE that hurts. Hailey is put on janitorial duty with Drew, which at first she doesn't like but there is more to Drew than meets the eye. Drew is smart, handsome,caring,and knows how to loosen up. He is showing Hailey things she has forgotten, like having fun and not caring what people think. People will talk either way, so why not have fun doing what you love. When she starts to fall for Drew she starts to freak out, and starts to push him away.Then all things go down hill from there, things get a little crazy but a smile never leaves your place, all you think is really hasn't enough happened?!? In the end she finds out who her friends are and she is going to take what she wants after all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Celeste

    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 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 her father's choices had on her. I think it was a really different approach to see how parents truly affect their children and have such a major influence on their decisions. Hailey herself was kind of a boring person at the start, but as she made more and more 'bad' choices she got more likeable. Maybe it was just Drew's influence on her. His 'taking chances' approach to life was kind of refreshing. His description wasn't my favourite, but I'm just not into the whole surfer long hair in ponytail thing for guys. His personality was perfect though and totally fit with Hailey's good-girl image. Kelsie was a really odd match as Hailey's best friend, but they really balanced each other out. Tristan was my favourite character by far, even with his smaller role, because the depth in which he values trust really struck a chord with me. Sure, there wasn't that much depth in some of the relationships like Tristan and Kelsie's, but the relationship that grew from Hailey and Drew's made up for it. One of my favourite quotes would have to be from Drew's introduction: “You must be Joel,” the guy said. He turned to me with a half smile. “And you must be the guilty party coming to scrub your soul and the toilets clean.” (Cook, 2011) It was the greatest introduction for this character and really gave a first impression of Drew that set the tone for the rest of novel. Overall, I would give it a 3.8 out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    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 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 job of making Hailey sympathetic. Sometimes my gut reaction was to feel bad for her, but I'm not much of a fan of stories where everything could have been solved/avoided with one conversation early on in the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Bookologist

    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’ doesn’t mean it’ll 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, you’re in most trouble. It was a whirlwind for Hailey… a lot of mischief happens to her. She cheats on her boyfriend, broke a school’s statue, and looses the 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’ doesn’t mean it’ll 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, you’re in most trouble. It was a whirlwind for Hailey… a lot of mischief happens to her. She cheats on her boyfriend, broke a school’s statue, and looses the trust of her best friend. Hailey made me smile all the time… she was smart, a good girl trying to make her dad happy all the time. Cook made her very realistic and relatable and I was always cheering for her. I also felt like wanting to be her best friends at times. She followed her heart and was very loyal and brave… but not all the time when it came to making decisions and the right choices. Her flaws added into her own personality, making her learn from it and ending up to become a stronger person. The Education of Hailey Kendrick is a windy and light-hearted take on discovering life, school, and reality in general with its consequences. Can’t wait to read more from Cook!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlynne

    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. :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hailey Wheaton

    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 who’s name is Tristan, he adores Hailey so much, but she feels a sudden urge to chang 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 who’s name is Tristan, he adores Hailey so much, but she feels a sudden urge to change everything up. Hailey Kendrick totally changes her personality and actions over the summer and decides to vandalize the statue of her school mascot, with another mystery guy, who she ends up kissing. Hailey ends up getting caught for the vandalization and has a serious punishment of all her classmates being punished for it and herself being punished. Her punishment was to help the janitor, Drew with cleaning the school. She ends up breaking it off with Tristan and hitting it off with Drew, even though she is very oblivious to taking a chance on life. Hailey ends up getting out of her punishment after a while and doesn’t exactly return to her old self, but close to it. Characterization: Hailey started out as a straight “A” student but quickly changed over the summer. She changed to a rebel student and likes to sneak around and break rules. Soon enough she realized what she was doing and that it was bad and turned herself around and changed back to how she used to be. Recommendations: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books that are easily related to and that like to see a change in the characters actions. I would also recommend this book to the age levels 13-18. This seems like a great age to me because these are the ages that most likely will relate to this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Books

    Finished this in a day! A nice, quick and cute read. Not Cook's best, but still enjoyable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    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 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 know it all, she is just an average girl like the majority of us (girls) are. In addition, Hailey Kendrick goes to a rich boarding school where the school is her family place, where it is absolutely necessary to listen and follow the rules on campus. Because of a dilemma with her dad, Hailey Kendrick's life becomes upside down. Throughout the story, she becomes a decision-maker and chooses to break the rules to go wide with a guy named Drew. She not only solves the issue with her father in the end but also listens to her heart.... Of course, she is mad that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend. But it is a small issue of jealousy. In the end, Hailey becomes popular for who she is! A CRAZY, WIDE girl! (the other students would mumble)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily Benoit

    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 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 the fact that they are all rich, wealthy kids, Eileen Cook is able to pull you in and feel for them. She doesnt make them out to be typical "snobs", like most authors will do when creating characters on the richer side (i.e: the clique, gossip girl, private,etc...) Writing Style: 4/5 A witty way of writing, and I definitely enjoyed the book overall. I liked that the writing was easy, light on the eyes and brain, and overall fresh. Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    GRADE: B- 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, lika GRADE: B- 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, likable, very imperfect character. Her voice and narration made this otherwise clichéd story a fun read. THEMES: boarding school, friends, family, parents, light romance. THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK is an enjoyable spin on the familiar rich girl/poor boy story and the poor little rich girl.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Nygren

    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!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maegan

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ngaio

    4.5 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

  16. 5 out of 5

    Raima Rahman

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Kickasstastic. Eileen is amazing. I have yet to read a book by her that I didn't love.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peyton

    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 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 line between childhood and adulthood as they plan for college. When some sad news is given to Hailey she enters a journey of discover to figure out what she really wants. It is a well written story and was the perfect piece of fluff reading that I needed in my life right now. At first, I did not connect with Hailey. My only real critique of “The Education of Hailey Kendrick” is that it is set in a posh private boarding school and all the students are stupidly wealthy. This is something that I could not relate to. I slowly began to empathize with Hailey, but it was not until the incident with her father that I felt a sudden connection. My father has also had a moment where he hugely disappointed me and I wanted to break something. I did not. Instead I took the Austenian approach and wrote him a letter. He was very apologetic the next day and we have always gotten along well since. Hailey reaction was different in her situation, but the emotions were the same and it brought everything back to me. At times, that made it a more difficult read, emotionally, but it also made the story more powerful to me. The other characters were also interesting, in their own way. I liked Kelsie’s display of friendship. Yes, it is not a solid friendship throughout the book, but it is realistic. The forgiveness Kelsie and Hailey show each other is much more realistic than throwing a tantrum and never speaking again. I appreciated that. I am not sure how I feel about Joel. I found that Joel was kind of a schmuck, but an honest guy. I sympathized with his situation and felt bad for the struggle he had to go through. Tristan is an interesting person. I liked how Cook balanced his fame and his personality. Tristan does not show his true self because of paparazzi issues, but has a strong emotional reaction to the incident with Hailey. It makes Tristan come off as an honest and down-to-earth person. I liked Tristan. Drew was someone I had to ponder over. I had to keep telling myself that he is only a year older than Hailey, so their friendship is not skeevy. It took me awhile to warm up to him. Overall, the friendships were realistic and meaningful. “The Education of Hailey Kendrick” is a bildungsroman. I enjoyed the message of being yourself and not following all of the rules is okay, if you are doing it for the right reasons. I liked how simple the story was; nothing felt extreme. It felt like a real person, with real situations, that caused real actions, that resulted in real consequences. It didn’t feel fake. It is a cute young adult story perfect for high school readers. The ending came and I didn’t want it to. This is one of the few stories that I wanted to go longer so that I could spend more times with the characters. When I finished I had that ‘what do I read next?’ feeling and all the books on my coffee table looked like they would not be as good as what I had just read. It was only last year that I went back to reading young adult fiction and I love it! I do not know what I stopped, but I am glad that I started again.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Almelyn

    What can I say? I'm a sucker for funny books with interesting heroines and good banters. This is one of those. It's a fast read, an interesting enough premise, and hilarious situations-- it almost reminds me of those romantic comedy teen movies but only this book focused more on self-realization, friendship, and family. It's a light read perfect for idle times.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was cute! There were a few off-color jokes and somewhat questionable references, it certainly wasn't deep by any means, and Hailey should've been 18, but it was definitely cute, and a very quick read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Arlie

    YA fun fluff with some YA substance. It had me smile and was a nice stress reliever.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    This is exactly what one would want a YA, carefree, imaginative, fast read book to be. Fun characters, enjoyable plot, happy ending.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Not a book I would want my teen readers to read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Plutzer

    I dont remember this one so well, I read it in the beginning of high school. I know I liked it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Toka

    Such a fun book. I enjoyed it so much. I love the characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I very much enjoyed Ms. Cook’s 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. Cook’s terms, but the book doesn’t 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 whe I very much enjoyed Ms. Cook’s 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. Cook’s terms, but the book doesn’t 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 most of her classmates are the children of famous and/or rich people. By comparison, she’s average: averagely wealthy and from a (by comparison) normal family. She’s aware she leads a charmed life, but it isn’t until she ends up in trouble and unwilling to name her co-conspirator (and angering the entire student body in the process) that she realizes just how charmed it is. I love the themes of this book: learning that being good doesn’t equate to blindly following the rules, that growing up involves leaving some things behind (even things that are good and special). But the plot doesn’t deliver. It features some weird inconsistencies, for example, Hailey taking the high road and refusing to rat out her co-conspirator. On the flip side, she flagrantly break restrictions placed on the entire student body because of her actions, which came across as less ‘learning to expand one’s world view’ and more ‘wow, spoiled rich girl misses the point and blindly embraces a double standard.’ Plus, she’s weirdly sheltered. She’s completely unfamiliar with Denny’s, which, come on. You’re telling me she goes to a boarding school in rural Vermont and there’s a Denny’s down the street, and the rich kids aren’t ironically slumming? I went to a so-called ‘spoiled rich kid’ public high school. If I learned anything from attending that school, it’s that the richer the kid, the more likely they are to ironically embrace folksy stuff. They like proving they’re “normal.” If you don’t believe me, go to the hipster enclaves filled with trust fund babies and find out what’s popular. I know the Denny’s point sounds minor, but it was one of several times in the book where events that could have been really engaging were undermined by weird rationales. All of the big signposts were laid for a really phenomenal book, but it was a rough road getting to each of them. But here’s the point that most bugs me (and there’s a quasi-minor spoiler here): Hailey’s education, by the end of the book, is that she shouldn’t just follow what other people tell her to do and sometimes she needs to listen to her own Jiminy Cricket, because what’s in the rules isn’t necessarily right. I love this theme. Along with a few other parts of the book, this made me rejoice that someone writing YA is encouraging girls to be something other than girlfriends with hobbies. It’s why I read YA even though I’m an adult: because there’s something about high school and that time in a person’s life that makes for a pretty good creative basis for interesting human dynamics and drama. The Education of Hailey Kendrick is a prime example of that. But Hailey’s way of learning this lesson is to blindly follow someone else’s idea of what the ‘right’ thing is. Um, what? No! No. No. No. That’s not learning anything, that’s substituting one set of rules and dictates for another. Come on, Hailey, you’re too smart to not notice this discrepancy. I plan to continue reading Eileen Cook’s books. Even with its quirks, I’d still rate Hailey Kendrick better than a lot of YA on the shelves. But I do hope this one’s her weakest book. Recommended for people who have read Ms. Cook’s other books and enjoyed them. Not recommended for people looking to read their first Eileen Cook book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabbi Calabrese

    http://bookbreather4lyfe.blogspot.com 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 crot http://bookbreather4lyfe.blogspot.com 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 crotch." This is the classic "Uptight bitty learns to let loose" story, but it doesn't feel exhausting. It's fresh and sweet. And it has hot guys, which is like....HOT GUYS! What I liked a lot is that there's not really a love triangle. It's more like there are 3 guys that like her and she has to figure out what she really wants. She doesn't lead any of the guys on, but she does have strange feelings about all three of them at one time or another, which has been known to happen to teenage girls. But Hailey's relationship problems are not the prominent focus in the book, because honestly, she has more important things to worry about. She's got mad Daddy issues, she went from hero to zero because of one silly mistake, and now she has to be a part-time janitor. But through all of that, she remains strong and doesn't snitch on her friend. Even though she changes a lot, she doesn't cave under pressure and she doesn't really lose sight of who she is. I really like Hailey and I like how much she grows throughout the novel. And the aforementioned guys...I love all 3 of them. They were all really sweet in their own ways. There was no bad boy. I was split in 3 throughout this entire book, because I wanted her to end up with each one of them. Joel is smart and sort of nerdy. Tristan is the popular celebrity's son. And Drew was just full of surprises! I'm pretty happy how things ended up on this front, though it seemed that things were tied up with Tristan too quickly and too easily. There was a lot of fun in this book. Hailey learns that she has to let go of her safety precautions (she has an obsession with safety. As in, she'll calculate all the ways a person can die in every single activity she does). She sneaks out of the school. She goes to Walmart and puts on a crazy outfit. She even does karaoke! It's amazing to witness all these simple firsts, and so much fun because they all remind me of stuff me and my friends do. I loved the ending. Besides the one thing I said about Tristan, things were wrapped up quite nicely. With her dad and her "prison" sentence. With her best friend. And with the kids at school. I loved that even though Hailey made a mistake that pretty much screwed the entire school, it's obvious that they still have her back and that they are very willing to forgive her. I'd recommend this to anybody, but especially those who want to feel young again! This book is full of goofy antics and important lessons. I can't wait to read more from Eileen Cook.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Moonlight Gleam

    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 fat 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 father before she leaves for college; however, her father cancels plans with her through e-mail one night. This leaves Hailey feeling as though all she had done to make her father proud was meaningless and that she would never come first. Hailey’s anger gets the best of her and she takes it out on school property with the help of a boy named Joel, Tristan’s best friend. In the heat of the moment, Joel kisses Hailey and reveals his true feelings for her. The school security guard catches them in the act, however, only recognizes Hailey. For the very first time that Hailey does something rebellious, she gets caught. Dean Winston demands Hailey to reveal who her accomplice was in front of the entire school, however, she refuses to name Joel. Dean Winston decides to punish the entire school by making them unable to leave campus until Hailey reveals who her accomplice was. Hailey loses her boyfriend, the trust of her best friend and is shunned by peers who always looked up to her and befriended her, yet she still refuses to reveal who was with her that night. The Education of Hailey Kendrick is a fun and entertaining novel which will have you smiling, laughing and rooting for Hailey right until the very end. Hailey is character who you will instantly fall in love with. Although Hailey seems to have the perfect life at the start, she does have some flaws and needs help to discover what she truly desires most for herself. Throughout the novel I found myself wishing I could be there to help her through it all. From the very beginning, I enjoyed the flow of the story. Eileen Cook incorporated humor and created a genuine main character, complete with many relatable emotions. I admire that Eileen Cook created a story-line based on real issues such as friendship, family, responsibility and loyalty. I believe there are many lessons to be learned in this novel. One lesson can be described through the journey Hailey took to discover who she really is, and doing so all on her own. This takes a lot of courage and perseverance. Although Hailey comes from wealth and she is popular, Hailey never took anything she had for granted and remained loyal to those around her for the most part. I believe Eileen Cook is a fantastic writer whose work I look forward to reading more of. I recommend The Education of Hailey Kendrick to anyone who enjoys Young Adult fiction. 4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written, Recommended

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judyth (Geeky Reading)

    ~4/5 I’ve 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. I’m 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 don’t know. Either way, I found this one to be rather enjoyable, and now hope to pick up her other ~4/5 I’ve 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. I’m 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 don’t know. Either way, I found this one to be rather enjoyable, and now hope to pick up her other books at some point. This story is about a good girl who does something bad, resulting in her life going steadily downhill afterward. I’m usually lenient toward those types of books, but this one was particularly good. Hailey Kendrick, the good girl, goes to a boarding school, has a lot of friends, and is dating a very popular boy, whom she’s been going out with for quite a while. They seem to have the perfect relationship. Also, Hailey’s father has avoided her at just about every opportunity since her mother died (thus the boarding school), but he made plans with her to do something for the summer, as well as for her to have a big party. But then he cancels on her, she has a freak attack and gets pissed off, and sneaks out of the dorm. Where she runs into a friend of her boyfriend (and her, but less so), where they vandalize a piece of school property, and kiss. Thus ruins her good girl reputation and several of her relationships. I liked Hailey. I felt she had a good, clear voice, and her reasonings were understandable. Overall I liked her. And I completely understood her feelings toward her father and the other adults around her. She grew a very good amount by the end of the book, and that was nice. I liked how her relationship downfall happened. The one with her boyfriend happened very well and understandably, and I liked where they were by the end of the book. The one with her best friend also happened well, and I liked where that went. The romance progression was very nice. It wasn’t perfectly clear-cut, either, which I really liked. And the person she ended up with I liked, and I think they fit together rather well. The ending might have been a bit too good, have ended a little too well, might have been a bit cheesy on one part, but that doesn’t really bother me. I liked it. The assembly was a bit much, but her realization on certain things worked well, I think. Overall, I really liked this book, to a surprising extent. I want to read more like it, and I hope to pick up others by Cook as some point. This review is also available on my blog, with extras.

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