Saturday, October 3, 2015

Review - The Queen B* Strikes Back by Crista McHugh

The Queen B* Strikes Back
by Crista McHugh
Series: The Queen B*, #1
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Alexis Wyndham isn't quite sure what to think about her "friendship" with star quarterback, Brett Pederson. Sure, he has more brains than the entire football team combined. Not to mention that fact he's a great kisser. When he asks her to help him with his college admission essay, she isn't sure if he's doing it to spend more time with her or if he's just using her for her intelligence. But after her nemesis, Summer Hoyt, makes it clear she's not finished chasing after Brett, the war is on, and the head cheerleader will find out that hell hath no fury like a Queen B*.

Another fun read in this YA series that had me laughing and cringing as I remembered what it was like to be in high school. There is a big dose of reality in these pages that really makes me happy that I don’t have to relive my high school years!

Alexis is still the Queen B*, but she’s beginning to doubt her initial assumption that she and Brett could never make a relationship work. She knows there is a physical reaction every time he comes near her, but she is still having a hard time trusting him and is really struggling with wanting to put herself out there and possibly get hurt. And of course Summer doesn’t help things with her manipulation of events, but Brett isn’t entirely innocent in all of it either.

Brett is still trying to convince Alexis to go out with him – even if he has to resort to non-dates and breakfasts with his family. I loved seeing his vulnerability as he asks Alexis for help with his essay writing. It was good to see that even though someone may appear perfect, there is always so much more going on beneath the surface.

I loved watching these two struggle to trust and understand each other. There are so many instances where miscommunication led to misunderstandings that I felt like I was right back in high school with these characters. Even though I wanted to keep yelling at Alexis to just let go and give Brett a chance, I loved the fact that one of her big concerns about them being together was what impact it would have on Brett. She does a good job at going all Queen B* at times, but underneath you can really see the person that Brett sees in Alexis.

The rest of the characters all added the additional depth to provide a realistic back drop to East Lake High School. I just loved Richard – he’s probably my favorite character. He’s fun, doesn’t take himself too seriously, and really knows how to put everyone around him at ease…and don’t let me forget he’s the life of the party – he’s everything you’d want in a best friend. He’s also great at keeping things real for Alexis. We didn’t hear too much about Alexis’s other friend Morgan, and I’m wondering if there will be any kind of fall out in the next book from Alexis’s frat party incident since it involved the guy that Morgan had dated. That whole incident was a bit of a stretch for me and seemed a bit out of character for Alexis, but I guess it just goes with the fact that these character are really young and do some really dumb things.

I loved where this book ended and look forward to seeing where the author takes us. There’s a lot of story for Alexis and Brett, as well as their friends, left to tell, and I’m looking forward to finding out what’s next.

As I mentioned with the first book in the series, 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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