- File Size: 692 KB
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (March 9, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004S7A9AM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Queen Bee of Bridgeton was great and has an amazingly positive representation of African Americans in a bad situation. I could totally relate to Sonya feeling out of place in her mostly white school, but also not fitting in at her previous mostly black school. Before she was told she wasn't black enough because she doesn't use slang or listen to rap music, but now she sticks out because there are only a handful of black students at Bridgeton. Students also confuse her for a sister a lot, because hey, black people look the same! Sonya doesn't let it get her down though. She is who she is and that's okay. Even her gang banger neighbor had depth!
The plot does get a bit ridiculous. I'm generally not a fan of secret societies, which is essentially what the B- Brigade is. We do learn who they are early on, but I find it hard to believe that all of this has been happening for decades at this school. What those girls do is awful and illegal! And what's it for?! They're just jealous and have to ruin people to make themselves feel better? They try to get Sonya expelled because the basketball star, Will, asks her out! He's a nice guy and doesn't want them, and he and Sonya are totally adorable together, and those girls can't take it! Ugh.
I do recommend The Queen Bee of Bridgeton. Sonya has a refreshing voice and POV, even if she is really naive at times. She's super optimistic and doesn't let where she lives define her. She knows her mother is trying hard, so Sonya and her sister do what they can to better their lives too, which is great. While the plot is quite over-dramatic, I loved the romance and dance elements and do want to know what comes next for Sonya when she gets to Rome!
Now, as I began this book, today in fact, I honestly wasn't sure how much I would like it. Lately it seems I have been reading books not up to snuff with my book snob standards, which has really put me down in the dumps. But as the chapters went by and the story progressed, I finally was brought into that awe-inspiring moment of pure joy that I haven't experienced while reading in I don't know how long. I truly cared for Sonya, I felt mistrust for her sister, I emotionally connected with the book. So much so, that I even smiled at the end. One of those smiles that seems to make the world seem brighter.
Nothing compares to the heart and soul that was put into this book. It was like this was the author's own story, and I don't think I will be able to forget it for quite some while.
I was confused but caught on then it changed and finally led up to current events. In short- It starts from the middle (story line), then goes to the beginning (to understand how we just got to the middle we have to go back to the begging of how it all started) then goes back to where we were at the beginning. I hope that made sense to you and I didn't confuse you. Let me tell you, it was a little frustrating for a book to do that and not really indicate that it was leading to the next point. I just had to assume that at some point in the near or far future I would get to point A again. I wish this was explained more so that I was more prepared instead of just continuous reading along to finally figure out that I did indeed make it back to point A.
So with that only drawback, I thought the book was REALLY good! I actually loved it. So much that I am going to purchase the other books for this series if or when they are out (I haven't looked so I hope there are more).
Overall the characters become one with you and the story line is just amazing. I haven't really read anything like this so it was really cool to experience it and I found that I did have a lot in common with the main character Sony! I like how the Author felt the need to add some not so nice moments in the book and turn it into something positive and upbeat or just left it unknown. I was really iffy about Will from the start but was surprised on how the story line unfolded. It was a SHOCKER!!! But I think that by putting things like that in the book, it just makes it what it is... GOOD!
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Probably perfect for a YA audience but lacks that oomph that would have made it cross over to an enjoyable read for older readers.Read more