Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee

August 19, 2013 · 3 comments

in YA General, Young Adult

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When Maddi Benson moves in next door to Jaxon Quayle, neither of them knows how much life is about to change. Jaxon knows he should date only girls who share his faith, but as he gets to know Maddi he wants his new neighbor to be more than a friend.

To make things even more complicated, there s Maddi’s twin brother Hadley (or Hadley-Hadley, as he calls himself), who has special needs and always seems to be hanging around, and Jaxon’s pal Tanner, who feels more than a little left out.

Jaxon feels hopeful when the Bensons begin to consider joining the Church, which would solve at least one of his problems. But just when things seem to be working out, a horrible prank seems to make everything fall apart, leaving Maddi and Jaxon caught in the middle of doubt and faith, hurt and forgiveness, friendship and love.

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Title: Hadley-Hadley Benson

Author: Jody Wind Durfee

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: August 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1621081517

Formats: 144 pages, 6×9, softcover; e-book

Genre: Young Adult

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Shauna Wheelwright August 21, 2013 at 6:49 am

If Hadley Benson were writing this review he would say…
“This book is EXCELLENT, uh-huh, MOST EXCELLENT!”
For it truly is!
Many things to think about including how we treat each other and why we are here.
I fell in love with the characters immediately…all of them!
I LOVE the way they interact with each other! Not always perfect, but real and with flaws….which made the story all the more interesting to read.
I really LOVED this book!
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Karlene September 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Very good book for LDS teens. Well written. Not preachy. Good example of learning to love others with special needs. Looking forward to more by this author.


Dana C January 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I really, really liked this book. I think it should be assigned reading for teens to encourage empathy for those with disabilities. But setting that aside, it was also very well written and the characters were believable. Very good.


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