Review of “Growing Pains”

Growing Pains

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!

Interview with Natasha House

I met Natasha House on Book Blogs. She has been happily married for seven years. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, playing piano, and crafting. Her dream is to be a full-time author one day and quit her day job!

Christine: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
I decided to become a writer when I was twelve. I wrote a story for school and finished it in one day. I went to young authors because of it!

Christine: How long have you been a writer?
Eighteen years. Forever I know!

Christine: What is your writing experience as an author?
I’m a fairly new author, so I don’t have a ton of experience. I did have a book signing for the first time on my book Superhero Princess. That was exciting!

Christine: What types of writing do you do?
I do all kinds of writing. I have a sci-fi romance novel and a middle grade/YA fantasy book. I’m also writing a paranormal/gothic and fantasy book.

Christine: What books have you published recently?
My most recent one would be Superhero Princess and the Curse of the Rainbow Fairy. I’m working on book two for this series!

Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?
I wish! That is what I’d love to do, but no, I’m a department manager for a retail store.

Christine: What is a typical day like for you as an author?
I write on my lunch break at a bookstore. It’s my best focus time. I tend to get distracted at home.

Christine: How much time do you spend writing each day and what do you normally work on?
I would say I spend a good half-hour a day writing. I’ve been working currently on my fantasy novel. It’s getting crazy exciting! I also have been working on Superhero Princess and the Well of Madness.

Christine: What marketing techniques do you use to promote yourself as a writer and your writing?
I use facebook, twitter, and blogs. It’s a lot of leg work, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end!

Christine: Where can we find your published writing?

Christine: What genres do you like to read?
I like to read paranormal or YA books.

Christine: Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?
I find myself observing other writers’ work. Sometimes too many errors get on my nerves, or if words sound choppy and hard to read. I think one thing as an author I encourage is to read your own work out loud to someone.

Christine: What is your favorite book?
I really love The Oath by Frank Peretti. It has so much action and crazy stuff in it.

Thanks so much for joining us, Natasha. All the best with your writing endeavors!