I'm excited to share this book since it deals with self-image and finding your "true colors." I'm delighting that it is a Clean Reads Book, meaning no worries about it being appropriate for our teens to read.
True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager
A little competition can really bring out people’s
Landry Albright just wants to be one of the
interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their
lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when
her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen
reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but
impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round. However, Ericka and
Tori get cut and basically "unfriend" her on Monday at school. Landry
tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and
conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that
modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new
crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you
because of it.
What people are saying about True Colors:
From Teenage Book
Recommendations in the UK:
"This is a fantastically relatable and real
book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the
modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough
times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships.
You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama
typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can
find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed.
This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!"
From Books &
Authors Spot: This book is such an inspiration for those who just care
about their looks and are teased about them. This thing is looks aren't every
thing. This book is related to every teen's problem. Hager has written a very
Author bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book
addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a
journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. True Colors is her international
bestselling debut novel from Astraea Press and the first book in the Landry’s True Colors series. The second
book, Best Friends…Forever? will be
released on March 24, 2015. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in
South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can
find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite TV
shows. She received her master’s in American Culture from the University of
"It is so inspiring for anyone to read! Even if you or no one you know has an eating disorder. It is a book of endurance, faith, hope, courage, parental unconditional love, knowledge of the life after death, and a renewal of life......a miracle!" --Kristen, Pasco, Washington
“I truly couldn’t put it down. It’s the best book I’ve ever read and I can’t [wait] to start over and read it again!
"It is truly inspiring. I had so many ‘a-ha’ moments
“Haley, thank you thank you thank you for this amazing gift!
“A Future for Tomorrow is truly an inspiration and blessing for girls everywhere to read, especially those who are struggling with their own worth.” – Laura Fullmer, Perry, Utah, recovering anorexia patient.
"I was enthralled the entire time. It's truly powerful, I felt Haley's beautiful, indomitable spirit pouring through those pages!" Cherie Burton, Mrs. Utah 2004
"Wow!I have been so consumed by a book that I fell asleep reading last night and woke up at 6am to start reading again. I have been very touched. Not only do I feel uplifted by this story but I see how I need to change my view of myself and treat my body better.
If you want a sweet read I would suggest you get a copy of her book! Amazing!" --Brenda H.
“This book is so important. What lives it can impact. I know for myself it gave me hope and blessed me with an even keener sense of our Father's love.” --Lori Nawyn, graphic designer, author, artist, and photographer.
"Beautiful! I was left breathless several times. I felt as though I was right there beside Haley, witnessing all these events, my heart breaking for her, her family, and friends." -- Kelly, Eagle Mountain, Utah
“A Future for Tomorrow" is a book that shows a young woman's faith, courage and hope.
I feel that Haley's book, is a gift to the world, in helping fight anorexia.
I know that many people's lives will be blessed because of her gift in sharing her story. It is written very well and is a very compelling story.
I for one, am going to be sharing this book with as many people as possible.”—Sheila, book reviewer and pod-cast interviewer.
"Haley's book, written in the first person, is as tense and dramatic as a thriller novel. "--Tamara Heiner, book reviewer and writer.
"I absolutely loved A Future for Tomorrow . It is beautifully written and chuck full of the spirit." -- Mandy, Daybreak, Utah
"I am so happy that Haley has written her experience, the world needs her. She has a gift of written word." -- Glory, Evanston, Wyoming
"I was so amazed of how the impossible can be possible with the gospel and priesthood blessings. It made me appreciate the gospel and know that anything can be possible with His plan."-- Erin, Washington DC
“A must read for every women and girl.” --Cristianne, Eagle Mountain Utah
“Haley Freeman has provided a uniquely personal and revealing account of how destructive eating disorders can be as well as how they can be overcome. Her story offers insight and hope to families impacted by this illness.” --Shawn C. Edgington, PH.D. Psychologist
"It truly spoke to my spirit. I could NOT put it down.” –Alicia, Eagle Mountain, Utah
"A Future for Tomorrow is a heart-wrenching look into the mind and heart of a young girl who struggles with anorexia and shows the reader what it's like to battle the disease every day. While at times the story is sorrowful, in the end I came away filled with the knowledge that for all those who suffer with debilitating eating disorders, there is hope. There is promise. They can be made whole again and look to their futures with joy and happiness as Haley did, leaning on her relationship with Jesus Christ and coming to a deeper understanding of her true place as a daughter of God." --Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author and MediaReviewer
“I am so overwhelmed by the spirit Haley’s words have sent to me. Even though I haven't struggled with a battle over food, I have often struggled with self doubt and feelings of unworthiness, much like many women I feel do. Her story can touch so many lives because so many people will relate to her feelings. I truly feel it is inspired.”-- Megan, Salt Lake City, Utah
"It's so nice for me to read about someone's else who had such a similar experience to mine--someone who I could really relate to and vice versa. Because one of the terrible things about anorexia is the feeling of being completely alone. It's nice to know that there is someone else out there who can really understand." --Micaela, recovered from anorexia
"I think this book should be the first thing you see when you walk into Barnes and Noble, on a huge rack display." --Dr. Jack Stockwell
" What an amazing story. I want the world to read it!"--Liz, Scipio Utah
"Her story shed a whole new light on this disease for me and I will never again hear the word anorexia without thinking of Haley's story." --J. Adams, Author and motivational speaker
"I became very attached to Haley and her battle to become healthy - and felt the need to know what was going to happen to her next. I HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERY young lady, woman, and parent. QOTC Rating: Five Stars" -- Danyelle Ferguson, Writer, Book Editor & Reviewer
"After reading Haley's book, I had the desire to look at myself through Heavenly Father's eyes and see the good in His child. And I have Haley to thank for that..." -- Stacy Gooch Anderson, Author & Reviewer
"Haley tells a vivid and inspiring account of overcoming physical and spiritual roadblocks to find the true road to happiness." Rebecca Talley, Children's Author and LDS Author
"As I finished the last page and closed the book, I found myself thinking that all youth, youth leaders and parents should read this book. It provides a depth of understanding that everyone could benefit from. Not only could it help those struggling with the same issues Haley did, but it can provide parents, siblings and leaders with the knowledge and understanding they need to help anyone who is dealing with anorexia or who could develop this disease. It’s a must read!" --Shari Bird, Tooele Utah
"A Future for Tomorrow would be a great book for a young woman and a mom to read and discuss. It would be a meaty book for a book club to discuss. It is sure to spark a lively debate." -- Liz Adair, Author
"This book is not meant just for people suffering from an eating disorder but for anyone who has ever doubted there self worth or if God loves them. It is truly inspiring.
"Haley has such an amazing ability to express herself through words. I love her attention to detail and being able to help the reader visualize the people she mentions. She really is able to draw in the reader into the experience. I love the way she writes!"--Marci, South Jordan, Utah
"I sat on a bathroom floor for five hours finishing the book because I couldn't put it down. I stayed up all night with two kids to send off to school the next day. That's how great this book was and is something I think everyone should read.
"Haley's story has brought me peace in remembering my mother's last days and she has helped me to understand myself in ways I couldn't before. I wish I could give a copy of this book to each of my young women, but at least I can use the principles I have learned to help them to love themselves and love their bodies and see themselves the way that Heavenly Father does." --Karen Hoover, Writer
"Haley Hatch Freeman for her courage in laying open her heart and soul to her readers. She doesn’t hold back, and on every page you can feel her desire to help others through her own experience.
"It is very much an LDS book, but I would give it to others not of the LDS faith in a heartbeat, because of the in-depth look into the eating disorder." --Jaime Theler, LDS non-fiction Author
" This book has the potential to serve as a wake-up call to us as parents, friends, and women. "--Nichole Giles, Writer
"In 'A Future for Tomorrow,' Haley bravely recounts her journey to the brink of death and back again in a way that is both touching and inspiring.
"The frankness with which Haley describes her journey is remarkable. She opens her heart and mind to her readers because she feels called to let others know how devastating anorexia nervosa can be."--Bestselling LDS authors Lael Littke and Carroll Morris
"I couldn't put it down. There is no words to discribe the emotions that cursed through me. I cried through most of it, laughed at the funny parts, got ticked off at some of the doctors, and cheered for Haley at the end, literally. A Furture for Tomorrow was inspired in every way. I am sad at what she went through, but grateful that she is courageous enough to tell a story every daughter of God needs to hear. I thank Haley for taking me on her journey, I learned so much, and got a glimpse of what many many young woman are going through these last days, and more importantly, a great reminder of the love our Heavenly Father and Savoir have for us." --Catherine M. Lang, Writer, Logan, UT.
"I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with or trying to help someone struggling with an eating disorder. If I'd known things then that this book has helped me to learn, perhaps I could have helped her more. It is also great for the casual reader, an interesting view for those who have never dealt with this kind of self hatred or addictive behavior. Surprisingly, for such a depressing and scary topic, it is extremely uplifting and inspirational. Definitely five stars!" Melody Litton, Oak Ridge, Tennessee