Published: July 2015
Age Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Format: E-book (FREE on Amazon)
Book one in The Queen B* series.
Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen B*tch.
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.
I really, really enjoyed this book. If you saw in my October TBR I said that I just picked this up because it was something I was in the mood for. While I thought this was a simple, clean cliché romance, it wasn’t and I was pleasantly surprised. I was expected a 3.5 star read at more.
This was a YA romance but I’d recommend it to the older YA readers. Alexis is definitely a bitch but it’s rather hilarious. Other characters, such as her best friends Morgan and Richard don’t hold back in talking about their sexcapades or how they think Alexis “really needs to get laid”. The humour in this is crude, a lot of characters are crude and McHugh definitely doesn’t hold back her characters’ cursing either.
“Please, I just threw up a little in my mouth. I thought this was high school, not a strip club giving out free lap dances. Are you trying to attract customers with your new boobs? I bet daddy uses them as a tax write-off.”
This book was very diverse. Richard was Asian and Brett, mixed race. Richard was also gay and wasn’t overly flamboyant as some books may portray the gay friend but he didn’t hide in the closet. And, people accepted him and left him alone.
Partly because of Alexis but whatever. He was kind of awesome but a pretty blunt sixteen year old.
I really liked the love interest, Brett. On the surface, he was your typical golden boy who’s quarterback of the football team and student body president. Unlike Alexis, he wasn’t afraid to be seen with people who weren’t like him.
“God gave men both a brain and a penis and only enough blood to use on at a time,” he replied matter-of-factly.
This book had a really big focus on stereotypes; one of the main reasons Alexis tried to ignore her feelings for Brett were because he was popular and she was not.
(Let’s all face it, this is a romance, we knew there was going to be “feelings”.) I liked that he talked back to her as if he wasn’t scared of her and challenged her. He also let her in. I liked that. As cliché as it is, he let her get to know the real him and his family. Which, we saw some problems in his family, finally tainting Alexis’s idea that he was “perfect”. To be honest, the actually family problems were a little cliché but it didn’t really take away from the story.
“I felt like one of those brainless twits in a cologne commercial who was drawn to the guy simply because of his scent.”
Sometimes, I felt this book was stereotyping a little too much though. It’s like the characters had to be a certain way or they weren’t those kind of people. For example, her nemesis: Summer. Summer was Alexis’s ex-best friend who had betrayed her for the popular crowd. This spurred Alexis’s Queen B status but of course, that doesn’t make it any less cliché. She was also completely attached to Brett and thought they were the “it” couple.
“Perfect highlights in her dark brown hair? Check. Immaculately groomed brows and manicured nails? Check. Hours spent at the tanning salon so she could have sprayed-on golden glow that made people wonder if she lived in LA rather than Seattle? Check. Attitude that could rival a supermodel? But of course.”
Also, her best friend Morgan was a stereotypical goth, rebelling against her perfectionist parents. The characters didn’t really have any uniqueness to them and I think that was really the only major flaw.
“Morgan got lovey-dovey eyes when she heard his line of bullshit.”
Briefly, I’d just like to point out her parents too. We didn’t really get to see much of them but she wasn’t home very often. Her parents were divorced and it seemed for the better. Her mother was hardworking and never home and her dad was a sex philosophy professor, unwilling to give in to old age by banging his assistants. And, her dad was completely crude too. It was refreshing and hilarious but also kind of weird at the same time.
Another flaw I’d like to discuss is mainly in the synopsis. Above, it kind of advertises that Brett helps Alexis find the perv and that’s how they become friends. That is not it, at all. They are paired together for a health project- that also being a cliché because it’s a baby doll.
If you’re looking for a suspenseful novel with romance, this isn’t it. The hunt for the perv doesn’t even make up a quarter of what the book is about. And, in the end, they find out who it is and I think the second book may continue from there because we don’t get to see the repercussions of that person’s actions.
“Jared Von Houser, if you’re going to call out your ex-girlfriend for cheating on you by spray painter her name on the side of the school, try to remember that “slut” only has one T in it. We don’t want our school defiled by spelling errors.”
The Eastline Spy
March, Freshman Year
To sum it up, I really enjoyed this book. And, if you’re looking for a good, clean romance with snarky, crude humour, this is for you.
There were just so many things in this book that I highlighted that I had to share.
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.
Thanks for reading!