THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK
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?
Jenn: Why was it important to you to write this book?
Eileen: With this book I was interested in looking at how what other people think of us shapes how we view ourselves and how we live our life. Sometimes it is only when that is all taken away can we decide who it is that we really want to be. I spent so much time in my teen years worrying about it I was living up to everyone’s expectations- I should have worried more about my own expectations and dreams
Jenn: Where is this book set, and what does the setting mean to you?
Eileen: The book is set in an exclusive boarding school in Vermont. I wanted a setting where the characters had created their own society and were isolated from their families.
Jenn: My May release, Endless Summer, is the sequel to The Boys Next Door, and it’s the first sequel I’ve written. How do you feel about sequels and series versus stand-alone novels as a writer, and as a reader?
Eileen: Who doesn’t love a series? When you love a book there is nothing better than discovering there are more adventures ahead. My books so far have been stand alone, but I have a middle grade series that will be out in the Spring/Summer. It was the first time I’d done a series I discovered you have to be really organized.
Jenn: What good books have you read lately?
Eileen: I really enjoyed Duff, Mockingbirds, Revolution, and a quirky murder mystery called The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.
Jenn: When readers tell you they’ve read and loved all your books and they want recommendations for similar books to read now, what do you say?
Eileen: First I say a HUGE thank you. I know there are so many good books out there (I have a stack of them in my own house) so I really appreciate readers who give my books their time. I have a hard time recommending what to read next because I know what I love, but I’m not quite certain how my books would compare.
Jenn: What’s next for you?
Eileen: I have a middle grade series coming out for young readers (ages 8-10) in the Spring called The Fourth Grade Fairy. I’m also hard at work on my new YA novel. I’m working on a gothic story with the working title of Haunting Isobel. It has a creepy old house, a family mystery, a brooding handsome man and a possible ghost. It’s been a tremendous amount of fun to write so far.
For the latest on Eileen's books, check out her website at www.eileencook.com!