Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review - Confessions of a Queen B* by Christa McHugh

Confessions of a Queen B*
by Crista McHugh
Series: The Queen B*, #1
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: July 28, 2015

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.

This was a fun YA read that had a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, and some teen angst and drama. The plot felt a bit predictable, but I think that may have been due to the fact that it was thoroughly relatable to most high school experiences. The characters were interesting and it was fun to be thrown back and reminded of all the things that you hated about high school!
I had nine months left in this level of hell that Dante missed, and then I would be free to move on to whatever Ivy League school I wanted to attend.
Alexis Wyndham has become the most feared person in her high school. After being humiliated in middle school she is determined to never let herself be put in that position again. She sees herself as someone who stands up for the less popular kids and someone who exposes the injustices that are taking place in her school, but really she uses her blog as a defense mechanism. As tough as she was on the outside, there was such a vulnerability to her. She’s also defined herself by her Queen B* personality, and now has to come to terms with public opinion if she decides to step out of that box.

Brett was definitely the person that every boy in high school wanted to be. He’s good looking, smart, popular, a star athlete, and just an all-around nice guy. I loved watching him stand up to Alexis and not put up with her Queen B* act. He could see right through her act and wasn’t afraid to call her on it. As perfect as his life may seem, he’s also dealing with pressures and stress in his life, and I loved how he let Alexis in to that part of his life and kept things real.

It was fun watching these two dance around the attraction they had – and being teens made things even more awkward. In the world Alexis has created for herself Brett is the polar opposite of everything she should like in a guy and boy does she fight that attraction every step of the way. In my opinion, Brett had patience in spades when it came to dealing with Lexi and her hang-ups about what others would think about her being friends with Brett and maybe shedding some of her Queen B* persona…but it was nice to see him slowly chip away at some of those hang ups and have her taking a look at just who she was and who she wanted to be.
“I should be going before someone catches me here.”

“Why?” He took a step toward me, his grin daring me to answer him even though he obviously knew why.

I backed away, hitting the wall. Trapped. “Because I don’t want people getting the wrong idea about us.”

He kept closing in on me, propping his arm up against the wall. My pulse quickened, and my mouth grew dry. Usually, I was the one in power. Usually, I was the intimidator. Usually, I could keep my shit together around the popular kids and have a few quick verbal jabs at the ready for situations like this.

But nothing was usual about Brett.
The mystery was a nice back-drop to Brett and Lexi’s relationship. There was no great suspense, but it did serve as an avenue for character and relationship development that were key to the story.

Even though the ending had me wanting to give Lexi a good shake, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series to see where things go. There’s quite a few things that need to be explored between not just Alexis and Brett, but also with many of the other characters in the book.

I would recommend this book to any Young Adult romance lover, but would caution based on content for younger YA readers – there’s nothing totally explicit, but there are references that may be inappropriate for a younger audience.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

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