Mini Book Review: Juniors – Kaui Hart Hemmings

23528142Title & Author: Juniors by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Genre:  Young Adult- Contemporary

Release Date: September 22nd 2015

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Source: ARC via the publisher

Description: Lea Lane has lived in between all her life.

Part Hawaiian, part Mainlander. Perpetual new girl at school. Hanging in the shadow of her actress mother’s spotlight. And now: new resident of the prominent West family’s guest cottage.

Bracing herself for the embarrassment of being her classmates’ latest charity case, Lea is surprised when she starts becoming friends with Will and Whitney West instead—or in the case of gorgeous, unattainable Will, possibly even more than friends. And despite their differences, Whitney and Lea have a lot in common: both are navigating a tangled web of relationships, past disappointments and future hopes. As things heat up with Will, and her friendship with Whitney deepens, Lea has to decide how much she’s willing to change in order to fit into their world.

Lea Lane has lived in between all her life. But it isn’t until her junior year that she learns how to do it on her own terms.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


This was a nice change of scenery- literally. I’ve never been to Hawaii and so getting to read about the scenery was really nice. The language they use at times seems really foreign but that was to be expected since Hawaii is home to its own specific culture and melting pot. The plot was good and I really enjoyed the writing style and attitude of Lea. She had this great understanding of the bigger picture. My main issue is due to the lack of change and growth seen in the characters by the end. When it ended I was expecting some explanation to their growth or something. Anything. Nothing really happened throughout the book, it was like one big summer vacation. Lazy and slow. Sometimes Lea felt restless, sometimes she fought, sometimes she flirts. There was no consistency. Not in a bad way because like I said, the writing was well done but I was just expecting more plot, action, again…something. Anything. This whole book was on the cusp of greatness but we needed more backstory, more emotion, more plot.


Overall I would recommend this book as a nice simple read. Nothing too heavy and just enough going on to keep you entertained. Don’t be expecting the next great thing but its a good book to kill a few hours with.

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