Landry gets “unfriended” by her best friends after placing in a competition. She tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between being herself and conforming to who they want her to be. She learns modeling is not as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, and true friendship.
“We all go through friend drama, jealousy, and other relationship-threatening things as youngsters. True Colors tells the story of friendship and being true to ones self in an entertaining, and often hilarious, story. I will recommend this to all of my middle school students!”
“As I started reading this, I had to wonder–how old is the author anyway? Is she spying on my life? How can she possibly be spot on with all of this?!”
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 cheer leading 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.
“A fun read that will remind you of the joys and sorrows during this tumultuous time in your life. Thoroughly enjoyed it!”
“This follow up is wonderful and should be a must read for all young adults plus their parents and teachers.”
Things seem to be going well in Landry Albright’s world—she’s getting invited to be on local talk shows to talk about her modeling career, her best friends have her back, and her boyfriend Vladi has becoming someone she can truly count on…and then everything changes.
Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen dance club, while Landry just wants to spend her weekends playing video games and baking cup-cakes at sleepovers. Then, Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, starts to come between Landry’s friendship with her best friend Ashanti. Things take a turn when Yasmin tells Vladi that Landry is interested in another boy. Can Landry get her relationships with Ashanti and Vladi back, or will she be left out and left behind?
“Krysten Lindsay Hager knows how to write a story from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old. Her writing is realistic and it feels genuine. Landry matures and therefore Krysten Lindsay Hager’s writing is more mature as well. I admire how she manages to match her writing with what she writes about.”
Author note: I wrote the series I wanted to read when I was younger—books that dealt with all the insecurities, awkwardness, and funny times you deal with during those tween/teen years. I wanted my character, Landry, to be very real in sharing her feelings and observations right down to how nervous and anxious she gets before a modeling tryout. It was important to me to touch on the friendship issues we deal with as kids, tweens, and teens in trying to find real friends.