Title: The Education of Hailey Kendrick
Author: Eileen Cook
Pages: 272 (hardcover)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
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?
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!