Growing Pains by K.P. Smith is a Young Adult novel that is enjoyable for all age groups. It chronicles the rollercoaster life of Kendra Foster—an ambitious teenager who struggles with her parents’ disputes and overprotectiveness, who desires to fit in while being herself, and who wants to discover what having a boyfriend is like.
The novel starts out with Kendra waking up to her parents’ arguing and how she comforts her younger sister like a compassionate parent. Kendra already has enough on her mind, since she is going to try out for the cheerleading squad after an embarrassing fall at tryouts two years before. She’s been practicing for months, so she is definitely prepared, but she is still frightful that she will mess up and she doesn’t want to experience that humiliation a second time.
Kendra has other problems to deal with too. She and her best friend—who have been friends since first grade—grow apart as Kendra becomes more outgoing and gets involved in other activities and new friends. Additionally, she has to deal with her own desire to go to the top high school in the area because it is a private school and her parents aren’t rich, so she needs a full scholarship to attend and her grades must be perfect to get one.
There is more. The boy that Kendra has had a crush on for the last five years begins showing interest in her and she has to juggle her desire of wanting to be his girlfriend, wondering if he feels the same way about her, and her parents’ overly strict rules about boys.
One of the biggest challenges Kendra has to cope with is her parents’ clear disliking for one another. All she wants is for the fighting to stop and for them to get along, but the more time that passes, the more she fears it won’t happen.
Growing Pains realistically demonstrates the adolescent struggles of a teenage girl. The situations are unique and the plot is unpredictable. This book is a lighthearted depiction of serious circumstances that any teenager could relate to and it will help them to cope with the most tender and influential time in their life.
If you are a parent of a teenager, you should get this book for you and your teen. You will understand your teen better and they will have a story in which they can relate to and enjoy. Most importantly, they will appreciate you for getting this book for them.
If you are a teenager, you will absolutely love the main character and her experiences. If you can relate to any of the details above, you should definitely get this book.
Even if you are not a parent or a teenager, you will enjoy this eventful, sporadic novel that will make you smile and that you will have a hard time putting down. Grab your copy today!