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Review: Juniors

November 20, 2015



Lea and her mother have made yet another move in her mother’s pursuit of an acting career.  This time, they find themselves in Hawaii – they’ll be living in the guest cottage of the Wests, a wealthy family, and Lea will start mid-junior year of high school at a prestigious prep school.  Lea decides she wants to “reinvent, or at least remodel” herself.

At first Lea is not sure what to make of the West children because their lives are so different from hers, but she slowly becomes friends with Whitney and finds herself attracted to Will.  As their relationships progress, Lea begins to question how much she’s willing to sacrifice to be a part of their world.

I wanted to love Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings but I can’t say that I did.  This book had so much potential but I thought it lost its focus a time or two.  That’s not to say it’s not a very good book – it is – I just wanted a little bit more.  Hemmings is a wonderful writer, though, so I have a feeling the target audience (older YA) will love this coming of age story.

The audio version of Juniors is narrated by Jorjeana Marie.  I thought she did an adequate job – I thought her delivery was flat at times so my mind wandered a time or two.  I do wonder if I would have enjoyed this more in print.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.


14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2015 7:13 am

    Too bad it disappointed you!

  2. November 20, 2015 7:45 am

    I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you – the premise did sound interesting! Kind of an OC vibe with the outsider coming to live in the wealthy family’s guest house. And – my daughter’s name is Lea!

  3. November 20, 2015 8:29 am

    It does sound interesting. Sorry it wasn’t as good as you wanted it to be.

  4. November 20, 2015 9:26 am

    At our RBC meeting last night, we had Hannah Jayne. Although the book we read was an urban fantasy, she has published 4 YAs and gave us a whole bunch of interesting info about YA readers.

  5. November 20, 2015 11:38 am

    It sounds pretty good but I know what you mean when you are left wanting a little bit more.

  6. Patty permalink
    November 20, 2015 4:20 pm

    You have made it sound good, though, but sometimes when I read YA I get that same feeling…I don’t want to be too old for YA…sigh!

  7. November 20, 2015 4:25 pm

    That’s too bad about the narrator – it’s so disappointing when an audio book doesn’t have a great one.

  8. November 21, 2015 5:13 am

    And I am really unsure

  9. November 21, 2015 12:20 pm

    Kathy, thanks for your candid review of this audio book. Enjoy the weekend!

  10. November 21, 2015 10:25 pm

    i’m so with you about narrator making or breaking a book! it would be interesting to see what you think about the book in print form

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    November 23, 2015 2:40 pm

    I am sorry this one wasn’t better for you, Kathy. It does sound interesting. Hopefully the print comes across better.

  12. November 24, 2015 11:27 am

    Sounds like a book with a lot of potential, too bad it didn’t meet your expectations.

  13. November 29, 2015 9:17 pm

    First I’ve seen this one. Doesn’t look like I’ve missed much. I’m definitely not the target audience 🙂

  14. bookingmama permalink
    December 1, 2015 7:33 am

    Hmmmmm… When I read the description, it sounded like something Booking Daughter would like.

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