Growing Pains: Kendra’s Diaries by K.P. Smith

Growing Pains Kendra's Diaries by K.P. Smith
Growing Pains – Kendra’s Diaries by K.P. Smith
Publisher: Doin It Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical
Length: Full (242 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Orchid

Meet Kendra Foster. She’s right in the middle of the roller coaster ride of growing up. Her family seems to be in a permanent state of disarray. High school is right around the corner and there is only one school she wants to attend but it is going to take a miracle for her to go. She finally made the cheerleading team which is the best thing that has happened since forever. But much to her dismay this wreaks havoc in a completely unexpected way. Then she has one year left to get Jamie’s attention yet she hasn’t been able to do that since fourth grade. And with the new girl everyone is going crazy over she doesn’t have much of a chance does she? Life is coming at her from all sides and she is determined to keep it all together. Kendra’s Diaries is the first installment in the Growing Pains series. During the twists, turns, ups and downs Kendra will develop courage, faith and perseverance. She will learn no matter what happens in life always remain positive and never give up. Life has a way of working itself out.

Thirteen year old Kendra Foster lives in New Orleans and she and her best friend Katrina have been together since kindergarten. This year is full of firsts for Kendra. A boy who seems to like her, a chance to go to the Academy High School, She tries for the cheerleading squad for the second time in three years.

Unfortunately life at home is not good but Kendra tries to block this out when attempting to achieve her academic goals.

The author allowed me to get inside Kendra’s head, but I would have liked New Orleans to come into the story a bit more, especially the Cajun side of things. It mentions Kendra’s mother is a good Cajun cook, but there is very little about the recipes she produces. Setting the scene more clearly using the senses would have improved the story.

Although lacking in highs and lows of excitement, the story gives a good insight into a teenagers hopes, dreams and problems.

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