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Empress of the World Paperback – May 26, 2003
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Ryan's characters are both distinct and quite believable; the language she uses is specific to each character, a pretty impressive accomplishment for any book but especially a Y/A one; and the (fairly low-key) trials of the two lead girls feel real without the tedious melodrama of so much teen writing. It's a refreshing and well-told story with a credible ending: as a debut novel, it's terrific. This business about 'one-dimensional' characters strikes me as either a writer so unfamiliar with the genre he had no business reviewing this, or as just plain old poorly-masked homophobia: if you don't want to read about gay teens then... don't. If you do, give this book a try--especially if you're interested in writing about Y/A lesbian subject matter. Heaven knows such books are and remain scarce on the ground. This is one of the good ones.
And it's about two girls... who FALL IN LOVE. With each other. And Sara Ryan manages to tread on this dificult territory without making the book sound dumb or preachy, something very difficult to pull off.
While "Empress of the World" makes for an interesting, light summer read, I can't say it's a fantastic book. The action is a bit too breezy and "fluff" to thorougly enjoy, and the reasoning behind some character's actions isn't explained. The plot isn't that engaging, but it's still great to find a novel that forages into the new territory of teenage homosexuality. It's sure to at least help answer a few people's perplexed questions about their own orientation. However, the best part of the book is that there are no easy answers, thus making it seem all the more realistic.
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I really hated this book. I just wanted to finish it though. Although I laughed a couple times, after finishing I have never felt so compelled to rip up a book so badly.Published 8 days ago by sophia williams
I received a copy of this book from a friend who moved out of state because she had duplicates. And I cursed her when I finished it. So many feelings were had. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Blow Pop
Great book. Wish I'd had it when I was soooo confused about my sexuality as a teen. Very well written!Published 5 months ago by CatCurtis
I guess it was a good read. It kept me entertained. This is Just your average teen lesbian book. Would read again.Published 7 months ago by maureen vasquez
Fun summer read - boarding school shenanigans, young love, discovering sexuality...entertaining and quirky. I would recommend :)Published 14 months ago by M Esq
Awesome book ! Would recommend to anyone. I couldn't stop reading. A book you can relate to. Makes you wish there was more.Published 15 months ago by Lady
I fell in love with this book a long time ago, I'm glad to finally have it as my own.Published 16 months ago by Jade Espinoza
Just okay. Nothing really happens and characters are flat and boring. Nothing more than kissing in regard to the main characters relationships. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer