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.