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Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy.

A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs, and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

If you love music, and have experienced the joy of being connected to your favorite artist THIS is the book for you! If you have been that teenager longing for that need to be understood you too will find this book captivating. It’s exquisitely written, lovable lead characters and an easy fun read!”

“I love this book! The characters are so well written that it feels like you’re part of their conversations, and Cecily manages to be completely relatable while not being a typical teenager.”

“A heartwarming story. Cecily deals with regular teenage problems. I loved how Krysten Lindsay Hager describes her world. Not all teenagers are confident and sophisticated, and she perfectly captures the out of your depth feeling that often comes with it. She does this with a fantastic sense of humor and plenty of insight and empathy, which makes her story funny and feelgood, but gives it a nice layer of depth at the same time.”


Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her.

Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?

In Over Her Head has all of the teenage emotion, angst, and drama required in its genre, with Krysten Lindsay Hager writing in a fame wildcard with the relationship between Cecily and Andrew, and Cecily’s career objectives. There are moments of Hager injecting tongue-in-cheek humor (“This was my life and not some YA book heroine’s.”) and I think teenagers and younger readers on the YA genre spectrum will enjoy following Cecily through her highs and lows.”

“This is one of those books that’s refreshing to read. Sure, the main character is fighting through her anxiety and facing the realism of life and its quirks, hard times and revelations, but aren’t we all? It was nice to have a character that’s not only relatable but entirely real. I feel like we all have a little bit of Cecily as part of us.”