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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety by Krysten Lindsay Hager is the second book in the teen contemporary romance and coming of age Cecily Taylor Series, preceded by book one, Can Dreams Come True? In this installment, Cecily is officially—albeit it secretly, at his request—in a steady relationship with her famous musician crush, and now boyfriend, Andrew Holiday. The couple texts and video chats almost daily while Andrew is on the road, and they confide in each other when it comes to their problems. Namely, Cecily is having issues at school with her best friend Lila and Andrew has difficulty with anxiety. Andrew pulls some strings and gets Cecily a job for a photo spread in New York, and while it initially comes off as somewhat nepotic, Cecily blows everyone away with her very natural, very real talent. Unfortunately, Cecily's moment of feeling on top of the world is fleeting. A photo of Andrew emerges with another girl on his lap and Cecily makes some impulsive and naive choices that further threaten her happiness.
In Over Her Head has all 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. Cecily is pretty level-headed for her age when put up against characters like Lila (who I just really did not like from the start), Harlow (the rich, popular girl), and Tanna (who changes boyfriends like they're underwear). Cecily's friend Allie is the straight-shooting, book-smart, old soul that talks sense into Cecily when nobody else is able to get through. Bonus points to Hager for sidestepping the usual 'famous girls are all horrible' tropes by making Scarlett and Isla both very friendly...that was refreshing...and let's face it: Cecily needed a bit of kindness from unexpected places in both of those instances. There are moments of Hager injecting tongue-in-cheek humor (ie: “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.