Book Review: The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook

Details: Hardcover, 272 pages
Published: Jan. 4th, 2011 by Simon Pulse
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased


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?

This book really ended up being a lot of fun.  But it wasn’t all about the fun only, as poor Hailey is going through a lot.  I really, truly 100% felt bad for her.  This book really brought out the emotions for me.  I felt such anger at her father for letting her down, at her friends for not standing up for her in the beginning and Hailey for letting them get away with it all.  She was a truly nice person who was willing to take the fall for something that wasn’t all her fault and everyone made her life miserable for one simple mistake.  
For her punishment Hailey has to clean at her school and she’s assigned to work with a cute townie (she goes to a boarding school).  He ends up being a fantastic character and totally and completely swoonworthy.  
I loved Hailey and her amazing personality.  Although she was a bit too nice in the beginning she finally finds her voice.  I really enjoyed watching her journey.  One thing that I may have liked a bit more development of was her quirks.  She really obsesses over things being dangerous, all the things people die from (she knows how many are killed by falling soda machines each year).  But I felt like her obsession was only skimmed over and wasn’t as there as I may have liked.  However that was a very minor complaint. 
Although the book takes place in the winter it really felt like a great summer read.  I think it was the lighter tone and the way the story was told that made it feel that way.  Plus it’s a light read that I finished in under a day.  
I highly recommend this book!
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  1. I really haven’t read any YA contemporary (although I have been meaning too!) I think this one sounds fun.

    I’m off to add it to my wishlist 😀

  2. I tend to feel inundated with heavy reads because I love that emotional connection I get from them, but I’m always on the lookout for lighter reads like this one, that still tell a great story. I kinda love it when characters have weird quirks too, so even though Hailey’s aren’t developed a ton in the book, I think I’ll still appreciate them. I haven’t heard much about this, but I think I’d really enjoy it. I’ll have to add it to my wishlist now.

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