This week I am talking about a book I recently finished reading. Landry in Like by Krysten Lindsay Hager. This is the 3rd and final book in the Landry series. When the first book, True Colors came out I purchased a copy for myself and one for my teenage daughter. Now that she is getting older one thing we can bond over is books. I know that reading something together then discussing it will sometimes lead to conversations she would not know how to start on her own. This series has been a great one to kick-start conversations between us about dating, peer pressure, bullying (fre-enemies), the need to feel like everything you do is perfect, self esteem. The list could go on and on. If you have a teen (or preteen) child in your life try reading this series with them to get them to open up.
Now on to my review of Landry in Like, keep in mind it is a series so if you want to read the first two and do not want ANY spoilers from them please STOP reading. Though I will try to keep from giving spoilers…
While some of the problems from the first two books have been resolved there are still some lingering doubts in the girls’ minds when it comes to their friendships. Landry is afraid that once high school starts she is going to be ditched by her friends and be left alone in a big public school. The backstabbing of middle school life is still going strong in this book, it is such a sad reality that this happens in our world. This book takes you down memory lane and it is not always memories that you want to have.
A teen dance club opens and it seems that nearly everyone wants to go, Landry is not overly comfortable in that scene but like many girls her age (boys too) she does not want to feel so she has to decide what to do. Does she do what she wants to do or go with the crowd? I loved that this came up in the story, it is such a hard topic for young people to talk openly about with parents. It is a great starting point for a discussion with my daughter. “If you were in Landry’s shoes what would you do?”
Then there is the first date and all that goes with that. Landry in Like was the PERFECT ending for the Landry’s True Colors series. I am buying it in paperback for my own library and a paperback copy for my daughter as well. Krysten Lindsay Hager creates a tale that may help cross that generation gap that some kids and parents seem to have, opening doorways for them to be able to discuss what they might be too embarrassed to talk about on their own.
If you want to check out Landry in Like you can pick up a copy on Amazon.
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