Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh Review

"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."

NetGalley. Thanks for the copy. 

Queen B is normally a good thing, right? A queen bee socializes with her subjects, and she is like a social butterfly. But better, more popular. However, the label of "Queen B*" is far from the queen bee everyone would think. In fact, Queen B* stands for Queen Bitch. (Wow, I really cut the chase, didn't I?) In this case, our lovely and dominating heroine Alexis is our Queen B*, who spends her time writing exposes on the evils of her school. 

YA Contemporary and High School, Confessions of a Queen B* gives off vibes of a chick-lit. It is set in a high school, and there is a queen bee that has the hates for our darling Queen B*. There is a wonderful love interest, whose sole existence is seemingly to tick Alexis to death. Also, there is a mysterious person putting up X-rated videos of the girls' locker room. (Quick note: Though the school administration seems to be absolutely useless on bullying, taking extremely inappropriate videos of minors should had set off a lot of alarms. I'm ninety-eight percent sure that is against the law. Don't take videos of minors and don't take videos of people without their consent.) That part of the book is carried out a bit strangely, and I'm surprised no one raised any alarms.

Alexis is the Queen B*. As in bitch, as I said before. (Hey, I don't get a lot of chances to cuss, so cut the slack.) She is tough as nails, and she doesn't take any trash from anybody. She doesn't like seeing bullies win (even though she is almost a bully herself). When she clashes with Brett, everything simply explodes and drama ensures. 

Brett is an interesting guy. He plays football, and he is potential Homecoming King. In fact, he probably wins the crown because of how great his smile is. He has some incredible sweet moments, and I'm sure that Alexis lost her heart the second she saw him playing with his little sisters. (Is that a minor spoiler? Maybe not. Maybe so.) 

The X-rated videos subplot proves to be a very minor plot. It could had been a bit more dramatic, but Alexis' character arc is much bigger and is the driving force of the entire novel. But let's go back to the videos. The mystery of the video-taker is rather disappointing, though the book doesn't focus much on the mystery anyway. 

In conclusion, Confessions of a Queen B* is a delightful story with a lot of amazing dialogue. The mystery (and conflict) of the novel is a letdown, though Alexis is a much more interesting point to focus on. Brett and Alexis has decent chemistry, and there are most certainly some great moments. I would recommend those who enjoy a light read.

Rating: Three Point Five out of Five (Rounded To Three)

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