Title: Confessions of a Queen B*
Series: The Queen B* #1
Author: Crista McHugh
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, General Fiction, Young Adult
From the author—
Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.
After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.
Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.
But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.
Before I get into what I liked about this book, I should probably mention the things I didn’t like so…
Um, well…hmm. It seems I can’t think of anything. So, does that mean I really, really liked Confessions of a Queen B*? Why, yes, I did.
Alexis aka Lexi is a girl I admire even with her shortcomings. She’s prickly as can be but, because of her own experiences, she’s determined to protect the underdog and expose the wrongdoings that go on in the hell known as high school. As mentioned, she does have shortcomings, especially her inability to believe that she has much to offer of herself and her need to keep her distance from all but her two best friends, Morgan and Richard, and her mom and sister. Lexi’s relationship with her mother is the most poignant because it’s so weak, sort of the “ships passing in the night” kind.
Of all the boys in the fictional world, I think Brett may just be the most perfect. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you why because that would just spoil your own opportunity to peel back all the layers of this young man but, suffice it to say, he kept surprising me all the way through the book.
Solving the mystery of who’s filming the girls in the locker room never really takes first place in the storyline but what both Lexi and Brett believe what must be done with the information is critical and shows us who these two kids are at heart. We like to think that high school seniors have a certain level of maturity but actually seeing it on the page is really nice.
Finally, the romance. Ms. McHugh earned my undying gratitude in the way she handled this aspect of the story, so much so that I can’t wait to see how things will unfold in future books and that is a true rarity for me. Essentially, Confessions of a Queen B* is a book that should not have drawn me in because I’m not usually attracted to romance or teenaged angst but Crista McHugh surprised me into thinking I just might like such things every now and then.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, July 2015.
About the Author
She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
For the latest updates, deleted scenes, and answers to any burning questions you have, please check out her webpage, www.CristaMcHugh.com.
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