The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis (Goodreads): 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?
Personal Thoughts: I loved this book! Hailey is a very well developed character that would be Miss Goody Two Shoes, rather than enjoy her life. She’s a teachers dream: participates in class, does all her homework and extra credit assignments, and is just .. well .. perfect. She doesn’t break any rules and goes by the book. She has amazing friends, a perfect boyfriend and goes to a well to do boarding school. So why does she feel out of place?
All that changes in a life changing moment one night and the consequences are not what she is expecting. Through a lot of trial and error events, Hailey learns more about herself and those around her than she had known in the past. I loved how her character and attitude developed over time and by the end of the book you could tell that she had grown up a bit. 🙂
There are a lot of funny parts in the book, which I can’t mention because I don’t want to spoil it, but the crazy stuff that happens just made me love the book even more.
A lot of the secondary characters didn’t actually feel very secondary. The main group felt developed and in the loop so we got to know them pretty well. Kelsey, Drew, Joel and Tristan were a great bunch, although Kelsey did some things that aren’t really best friend material. Overall, great entertaining book. Eileen Cook has done it once again. Keep up the great work!