This is an important book for parents of teen girls to read. Hadley and Simone's story is one that the vast majority of teens (and probably older women, though we may not care to admit it) can relate to. We all remember those years when our self-esteem was put to the test every single day, probably more than once. We remember when we were separated from our best friend: sometimes by distance, like in Hadley's case, or sometimes by betrayal, as Simone experiences. Either way, the wounds cut deep and we must rebuild our world around the empty spots.
As I read, I remembered doing the same things that Hadley does in the book: question herself, over-analyse social interactions...honestly, I probably did some of that yesterday as well (I'm 34 lol). Hadley is the every-teen...actually, most likely, the every-human. I applaud Hager for her honesty at tapping into the human spirit, one that can be filled with self-doubt as much as self-praise, probably more leaning toward self-doubt if we lay everything on the hypothetical table.
The book wasn't all the hard parts of being a teen though. I also found myself reminiscing about first crushes, that feeling you get when a friend proves that they have your back for the first time, and the other bright spots of growing up and beginning to experience life as a semi-adult. Next Door to a Star reminds us of the most important adventure of all: being human.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!