Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee

August 19, 2013 | 4 Comments

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

4 responses to “Hadley-Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee

  1. 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!

  2. Karlene

    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.

  3. Dana C

    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.

  4. Gayle Humpherys

    A short and sweet LDS story about friendship and forgiveness. It is predictable in parts (you just knew there would be missionary lessons in there somewhere) but I loved seeing the imperfections of Jaxon, the main character, and how he didn’t act like an adult as many YA characters do, but he also was able to learn and grow. A quick read and very sweet!

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