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The Queen Bee of Bridgeton (Dancing Dream #1) [Kindle Edition]

Leslie DuBois
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When fifteen-year-old Sonya Garrison is accepted into the prestigious Bridgeton Academy, she soon discovers that rich girls are just as dangerous as the thugs in her home of Venton Heights. Maybe more so. After catching the eye of the star, white basketball player and unwittingly becoming the most popular girl in school, she earns the hatred of the three most ruthless and vindictive girls at Bridgeton. Can she defeat the reigning high school royalty? Or will they succeed in ruining her lifelong dream of becoming a world class dancer?

Product Details

  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (March 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7A9AM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Queen Bee of Bridgeton March 17, 2011
By Kelly
Format:Kindle Edition
When I saw The Queen Bee of Bridgeton, it was love at first sight. I fell in love with the cover before I even started reading. And then I started reading, and I fell even more in love with this novel. And to give you a heads-up now: This is probably going to be one of my longer reviews.
Three things I loved about this novel:
1. It's not about the rich girl who gets whatever she wants, except for maybe the guy she actually likes or the car she wants. To clarify: As much as I enjoy novels about rich girls, like Gossip Girl and the Pretty Little Liars series, I like novels about the regular, middle- and lower-class girls more.
2. I like it that it's told from a black girl's perspective. Most of the novels I read are told from a white character's perspective, and as much as I enjoy those novels, it's nice to read something that's not about someone who is the same ethnicity as myself.
3. Speaking of ethnicity, I loved it that the concept of not being black enough for black people but too black for white people showed up in this novel. It actually reminded me of the movie Selena, when Selena's dad talks about having to be Hispanic enough for the Hispanics, but white enough for white people, and how it's a really fine line and a difficult thing to achieve. I've never seen this concept discussed in a novel other than The Queen Bee of Bridgeton, and I think it's an incredibly important issue. Race in general is an incredibly important issue, so I'm glad it's in the novel, and I think DuBois did a great job with exploring different ideas when it comes to race.
Aside from those things, there are so many things to love about this novel. Though it tackles some serious issues, it's not without humor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice read! April 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This type of book is not my normal reading fare. It involves high school girls, prom queens, first kisses and ballet -- none of which typically garner my interest. I'm a high-testosterone, military sci-fi, men's adventure kind of reader. So how did I find this book? Good question. The author posted on a bulletin board that I frequent and I was intrigued enough with her posts to take a gander at her books. I'm glad I did.

"The Queen Bee of Bridgeton" was instantly engaging. One of the criteria by which I measure a book is its ability to make me want to "get back to reading" whenever I'm doing something else. Some books totally leave my brain when I put them down mid-stream - sometimes to the point where I have to look at the title again to remind myself what I've been reading. Not this one. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

A key aspect of this book is the interaction between racially and economically diverse characters. The main character, Sonya, comes from a less-than-desirable neighborhood and (mostly due to her sister's insistent urging) hides that from most of her friends. Despite being poor, she is extremely fortunate in just about every way. She is a talented dancer, a decent student, attractive with a great body, has a great boyfriend, and attends a highly exclusive private school. Which leads me to the reason why I rated this book 4 stars instead of 5. Sonya is almost "too perfect."

Despite the protagonist's incessant perfection, I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a well written, engaging, feel-good, underdog story. I don't think you will be disappointed, regardless of the genre you typically read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read June 7, 2011
By Chels
Format:Kindle Edition
The Queen Bee of Bridgeton: Leslie Dubois
I was able to read this great novel thanks to and the wonderful author, Leslie Dubois whose powerful writing and ability to endear the characters to her readers never fails to amaze me.
Sonya Garrison is accepted into the prestigious Bridgeton Academy, she immediately feels alone as she is not accepted into any cliques upon entering. However, she has potential to be the most popular girl in the Academy. She is soon dating Will, the star of the basketball team; Will becomes the love interest throughout the novel. Slightly arrogant, but loving, will Will be good for Sonya? Sonya continues to do well in school and in her dance lessons, which she pays for by cleaning the studio. The reader quickly learns to love hard-working, caring Sonya. Her sister, Sasha, does not become the reader's favorite; quite the opposite of Sonya, Sasha can be cruel and does not seem to care who her actions affect. Sasha figures largely in the ending of the novel.
The ending of the novel was satisfying for me, though I wish Sasha had gotten more karma than she did already. Sonya comes into her own and even elicits an apology from the reigning clique at the Academy. I would recommend this novel to young adult/teen readers. Keep writing Leslie Dubois!

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not 're-read' worthy. November 11, 2011
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I read another book from this author, and I liked it so much I bought this one. Its an easy plot line: outsider goes to fancy school, is bullies and over comes through dance, friends, trust blah blah blah...
The only difference this book is from other stories I've read was what made her an outsider was her skin color.
Overall, it was well-written, enjoyable, but not 're-read' worthy.
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I think I have amnesia when it comes to this book. You see, I don't remember buying it (I think I got it while it was temporarily free). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kayla West
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Published 7 months ago by Adrianne Brown-Payne
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Loved it!!
Published 9 months ago by Dajah Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story
This book has a great plot. It's an awesome story with an unexpected ending and many surprises along the way.
Published 11 months ago by tremecia hadnot
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
I loved loved loved Natural Beauty but I just found this to be okay. I have to read the rest to give an overall view
Published 11 months ago by Tyesha Capers
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is the first book I read by this author, my niece introduced me to this author, and I so loved this book. It was very realistic. Read more
Published 13 months ago by I. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen Bee of Bridgeton
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The Queen Bee of Bridgeton tells the story of Sonya, a African American dancer from an impoverished background, who... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Whitney
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
The Queen Bee of Bridgeton was cute story that reminded me of my high school years and the mean girls. The book was a good read with a surprising reveal toward the end.
Published 15 months ago by KDunn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen Bee of Bridgeton (dancing dreams)
This was a very good book. I think it is more for a young adult than for a woman my age however, it held my interest. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fictional Jewel!
Leslie DuBois has written a fictional jewel with The Queen Bee of Bridgeton. Sonya and Sasha look similar as sisters often do. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Essay
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