- 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: #679,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
"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.
I was able to read this great novel thanks to LibraryThing.com 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*
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story started off great the the build was really good; however, the plot was a bit unbelievable and rushed at the end.Published 4 months ago by Babyboobear
Not a bad read but lacks originality.
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
I really enjoyed The Queen Bee of Bridgeton! The whole mean girl, high school drama, cattiness did go a bit too far for my liking, but other than that, this was a wonderful,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Angie
It's all about race. Can't we just be human beings? Also, is was something I would have expected from a 16 year old author.Published 14 months ago by J Jurgens
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Kayla West
This book has a great plot. It's an awesome story with an unexpected ending and many surprises along the way.Published on May 8, 2014 by tremecia hadnot