book review

Confessions of a Queen B* (The Queen B* #1) by Crista McHugh

25124193Alexis 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.


Alexis was dubbed as the Queen Bitch at their school Eastline High. Not because she is a bitch per se. She just call out students and administrators of the school whenever they did something wrong. How? By exposing them in her blog The Eastline Spy. Because of that, most of the students are aloof towards her, or scared rather, that she targets them for her next exposé. It also resulted in her being on the top tier of the school hierarchy. Which is so cliché and I’m sure you’ll agree. When someone posted a rather indecent video of the school cheerleaders from the locker room, taken without anyone’s knowledge, Alexis took it upon herself to investigate upon the situation. But it turns out she can’t do it alone. And when the star quarterback, Brett Pederson, offered to help her, she accepts reluctantly. Only, Brett is not someone she perceived him to be and she is starting to more than like him. What will happen to her reputation, then?

I am kind of torn about this book. I’m not sure I like it. But I don’t think I hate it either. The plot sure is rather promising, if somewhat predictable. A student, Alexis, is trying her best for everyone to have a peaceful time at their school by calling out everyone that does something wrong. She saves those being bullied and stood up to the bullies. It goes without saying that not a lot of people are fond of her. Hence, the reputation of being the queen bitch of their school. I don’t have a problem with her wanting to stand up for herself and other people. That’s cool of her, in fact. But there’s too much stereotyping going on that it is clouding Alexis’ judgment already.

Alexis as the main character is okay. She is sure smart and sassy, but not enough for me to totally warm into her. I like her exchange of bickers with Summer, her nemesis and ex-best friend, though. They are at least funny. I also like Brett more than Alexis. Sure he is painted as a handsome jock, but he is also level-headed and has a quite likeable personality, though sometimes he can be boring. Richard, Alexis’ gay best friend is every girl’s dream BFF. Another character I absolutely adore. The dialogues are engaging which kept me from going on reading until the end.

It is disappointing that there’s not much mystery involved which made me want to read this book in the first place, not to mention the cover looks totally cute. Also, I feel like said issue was not dealt accordingly in the end. I wonder if it will be touched in the second installment. I guess I’ll have to see. The story revolves too much around Alexis trying to fight for her growing attraction towards Brett for no reason at all, which is a bit dragging in my opinion.

In a whole, it is an okay read but not as entertaining as I hoped. Still, I believe that contemporary YA lovers will enjoy Confessions of a Queen B*. It is the first book of the series and I will try and read the second one to see where things will go. Who knows I might end up enjoying it, right?




(*Photos and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

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