Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Confessions of a Queen B* - Crista McHugh

Title: Confessions of a Queen B*
Author: Crista McHugh
Series: The Queen B* #1
Publisher: Crista McHugh
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Source: Netgalley

Oh how I wanted to like this book.  I really did.  However, the further I got into it the more certain bits of it annoyed me.  We will get into that in a moment...

The story is about Alexis, the Queen B*.  She has managed to make almost her entire school hate and fear her.  How did she pull this off you ask?  Aside from being rude to anyone that attempted to ever speak to her, she would leak secrets and gossip onto her blog for everyone to see.  It kept everyone far away from her, just the way she liked it.

Then one day, in health class, they are assigned partners to raise a fake baby.  She ends up being partnered with Brett - the star quarterback and one of the most popular kids in school.  Alexis wants nothing to do with Brett, but he is determined to get under her skin.

Along with watching her interact with Brett, someone is also posting videos of the cheerleaders changing clothes in the locker room onto youtube.  This includes Taylor, the little sister of Alexis.  Thus, to protect her little sister, Alexis is set on discovering who is putting up the videos and stopping them.

Now you may recall me mentioning something about bits of this book annoying me.  First and foremost, I should have kept count of how many times Alexis caught Brett checking out her chest.  I was rather sick of reading about it over and over again.  There are a lot more ways to create tension of any kind between characters than that.  Also, most of the story was Alexis freaking out about how she may be attracted to Brett.  After a point, you just don't want to hear about it again and again and again.  It was these kind of instances that filled up over half of the story.  It got old and repetitive.

Thankfully, Crista McHugh seemed to find her stride towards the end of the story.  It finally picked up pace and Brett wasn't always checking out Lexi's chest.  However, it wasn't quite enough to redeem this story for me.

Overall, this story was very reminiscent of Mean Girls, Clueless, or other such high school angst stories.  I give this one 3 out of 5 stars.

This review is based off of an advanced reading copy provided by Netgalley.

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