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Jul 29

Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh (Queen B*, #1)

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I received the book below in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh 
(Queen B*, #1) 
Publication date: July 28th 2015 
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

 

Synopsis:

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.

 

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My review:

From the very first page of this book, I was hooked.  I ignored just about everything in order to keep reading.  Blogging, cleaning, children…it all went by the wayside once I became part of Alexis’ world.  I have not read a book this good in a while.  While it is young adult fiction, I did not feel like the author was writing on a lower level.  In fact, the one love scene is definitely not something I’d be handing right over to my teen, but probably content that many teens today would barely blink at.

There’s a few things that struck me while reading.  The first was the major use of technology in the school.  I’m sure that’s commonplace now but wow…each student having a laptop?  Assignments being emailed by the teachers?  A wireless webcam in the locker room?  When I was in high school well over 10 years ago, this was all stuff of the future.  I’m sure it’s commonplace now in higher-income high schools, but it’s still a dream in the district I currently live in.

Also interesting was Alexis’ friend Richard.  He is openly gay but admits later on that his flamboyant persona is one he puts on to keep people from bothering him.  While I’m sure the high school world is less abusive towards gay students, I’ll bet it’s no fun day for them still.  It’s sad that any person has to hide his/her true self to keep from being bullied.

***Spoiler***  I felt bad for Alexis when she had to maneuver the murky waters of her friend’s crush hitting on her.  No girl ever wants to be in this situation.  It sucks, I’ve been there.  The guy is a creep but Morgan just can’t see it.  Anything Alexis says against him is perceived as sour grapes but she is just trying to keep her friend from getting hurt.  ***Spoiler over****

I kept envisioning Brett as Flynn from Glee.  He just seemed like that slightly goofy good guy who got a bad rap from other football players.  As for Alexis, I really wasn’t sure.  She reminded me of Daria, and her friend was just like Daria’s friend from the MTV show.  (How’s that for a throwback?)

My main thoughts after finishing this book are: 1) More, now!  and 2) I am SO glad I am done with high school.  I was a bit disappointed with the ending of the book – it was abrupt, almost as if the editors had decided to split up the work after the fact.  I am glad to know that more is forthcoming but still, the ending could have been handled much better.

Overall, I recommend this book to anybody that thinks they miss high school.  You won’t after this, but you’ll have a great time realizing it.  Again, don’t get stuck on the YA label on this one – it’s a fun read for anybody.  I hope to see more Queen B*iness very soon!

 

AUTHOR BIO:

  Crista

 


Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

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.

Author links:

http://www.cristamchugh.com/wordpress/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3035791.Crista_McHugh

https://www.facebook.com/CristaMcHugh

https://twitter.com/crista_mchugh

 

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Giveaway!
Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) – ends 8/5
Signed copy of Confessions of a Queen B* + a $25 Gift Card to the vendor of the winner’s choice

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29 comments

  1. 29
    Sarah L

    I know I don’t miss high school. 50th reunion coming up next year and I’ll probably miss it.
    Thanks for the contest.

  2. 28
    Francine Anchondo

    Thanks for the chance it sound like a interesting read.

  3. 27
    Michele Baron

    I wish I had her style when I was in school…sounds like a great read

  4. 26
    Susan Smith

    Sounds like a good read.

  5. 25
    tracee

    Sounds like the protagonist meant well, but got carried away. Then, maybe, brought back a little – which is what it means to grow up. Add in the mystery and it sounds like a fun read.

  6. 24
    Daniel M

    sounds like a fun one

  7. 23
    Cheri Oggy

    I loved reading the review; it sounds really interesting!!

  8. 22
    Steven weber

    I love the cover and the title!

  9. 21
    Sherry Compton

    My tweet for today is here…sorry
    https://twitter.com/SavewishComp/status/627440057499041792

  10. 20
    Linda Kish

    I’m sure I’m way past the age it’s written for but I still think I’d enjoy it.

  11. 19
    Debbi Wellenstein

    Bullying is a subject I care deeply about. Can’t wait to read the book!

  12. 18
    Jodi Flaherty

    This book had me with cover and title- but your review made it a must read!

  13. 17
    Denise C.

    Well, I really don’t think I miss high school, but it still sounds like a story I could get into!

  14. 16
    Michele

    Heavens I graduated high school on 1967!!! Were you even born yet? Things were really different then–electronics? Nope–calculators were drowned upon in math class for heavens sake. But the teens were all the same–you had your nice ones, your not so nice ones, the football heart throbs etc etc etc–and I grew up in a small village in NY!! I might actually enjoy reading this one–will put it on my TBR list!

  15. 15
    Lindsay

    Added to my TBR!

  16. 14
    Sara Zielinski

    Thanks for holding this giveaway.

  17. 13
    Kimberley Thomas

    I would love to read this awesome story!

  18. 12
    Linda Fast

    I would really like to win this. Thanks for a chance in your giveaway.

  19. 11
    Ashley C

    This sounds like a fun read!

  20. 10
    Diana So

    This seems like a quick and fun read! I can’t wait to get my hands on this soon.

  21. 9
    deb p

    The book sounds interesting, thanks.

  22. 8
    Sherry Compton

    Interesting! The name grabs you from the very beginning.

  23. 7
    Jan Lee

    I don’t mind reading YA at all. I usually does remind me of things I went through as well. Of course I love the cover, it’s pink! lol This book is on my list to read for sure 🙂

  24. 6
    Rachel

    sounds interesting!

  25. 5
    Patricia Walker

    This sounds like a super ddictive read! I love the concept of getting even with the bullies

  26. 4
    Deborah Caudill

    I have known a few Queen B’s in my life. I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. 3
    sherry fundin

    Sounds like real life bullying. Technological anonymity gives cowards courage. YAY for Queen B. 🙂
    sherry @ fundinmental

  28. 2
    Melissa Crisp

    Oh I like Alexis style. Why not mess with the bullies if given the chance. Sound like a very interesting read.

  29. 1
    Judy Thomas

    The author’s childhood sounds lovely 🙂

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