Book Review: Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh (The Queen B* #1)

confessionsofaqueenbcoverOfficial Synopsis from Goodreads: Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch.

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways.

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check.
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check.
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan.

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Setting: A modern day Seattle suburb
My copy came from: I downloaded the Kindle version from Amazon. Looks like the Kindle version is FREE right now! I can’t remember if I paid for it, or if it was a free download when I downloaded it.

Review: Cute and fun. An entertaining way to spend a few hours.

Confessions of A Queen B* is a fun read about characters that are in high school. Our main character is high school student Alexis, who writes a tell-all blog about her classmates and school. While everyone seems to dislike Alexis and is afraid of her, she has two close friends, and honestly, she doesn’t seem to be that mean. She just blabs about your secrets to the whole school, but this is more of a defensive maneuver than anything truly evil.

This book reminded me of the television show Gossip Girl, which is a show I absolutely loved! So I enjoyed that aspect of this book.

Alexis is a likeable character; she puts up this front but it’s just to protect herself, as she was close friends with the most popular girl and that friendship didn’t end well. Naturally. It seems that all of these outsider girl with a grudge plotlines all start with the popular girl being her best friend, and with the popular girl causing some drama and casting the other girl aside in the name of popularity. So this was a bit annoying, and I kept waiting for a bit more originality to this particular trope.

Besides the typical “popular girl used to be my best friend” trope, there is the trope of the outsider falling for the most popular guy in school. Who, yeah, you guessed it, the popular ex-best friend likes as well. As typical as this plot is, I liked the character of Brett, the popular football player. He and Alexis have true chemistry, and Brett’s a nice guy. He’s close with his family, and seems to stand up for the underdog. He doesn’t appear to be that typical jerky jock who only thinks about themselves.

Alexis and Brett have to do an assignment together for class, and that is how they get paired up. And yep, you guessed it, the assignment is the dreaded “fake baby” assignment where a couple has to take care of a fake baby who cries at all hours of the night and it is a long assignment, so naturally they are forced to talk to each other when they otherwise would ignore each other.

Along the way it comes out that someone has put a video camera in the girls locker room, and is posting the videos online. Alexis tries to find out who the pervert is and stop them. This is where the book lost me. Putting a video camera in a locker room in a high school is CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. Behavior that is not solved by a blog post or by removing the camera. It seems that only Alexis and Brett even care about this video and removing it and catching the criminal. No one is complaining to the school administration, no parents are involved, and it was just very odd. But all of this is kind of glossed over as if it doesn’t matter.

There was a lot about this aspect of the story that I just didn’t understand, but it also doesn’t really factor all that much in the overall plot. The plot is basically a romance between Alexis and Brett. And the romance works and was cute. Since this is the first in a series, not every plot line is tied up at the end, and I do think I’ll go on to read the next books at some point.

Confessions of A Queen B* was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. This is a quick read that doesn’t require much thought or concentration, and sometimes those are the perfect books to read. I read this book in one sitting, and was ready to read more when I finished it. There is a fair bit of language in this book. Recommended to those who like cutesy high school romances and those who enjoy high school drama.

Bottom Line: Fun and breezy. An easy way to spend a few hours.

Links to Confessions of A Queen B* on   Amazon   and   Goodreads.

Does this sound like a fun read? What do you think?


19 thoughts on “Book Review: Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh (The Queen B* #1)

  1. Wow books like this always seem to go from the normal teen problems to the crazy criminal stuff- and usually with no consequences as well (if you put a camera in a school locker room you’d get expelled for sure- at the very least!) Good to know it was good otherwise- but the book would have lost me there too. Great review!

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            1. I think “new adult” is for those out of high school – I think the age is 18-30. I think it’s a fairly new term, and I’m not quite sure where the break is for young adult and new adult …. since this particular book (Confessions) is set in high school, I’m calling it YA. I just read my first “new adult” book last week and the characters were still in college. When I looked up NA to read about it, I saw that Colleen Hoover was considered NA.

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              1. I don’t think the readers would distinguish books between NA and YA. I mean, what’s the point really? I’m nkt really a fan of either genre but if I was, I’d read them both with equal interest. A bit silly for me, the distinction.

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                1. I think the thought behind it is that the NA is geared more towards adults and with more adult content and YA is geared more towards teens. ? I’m not really sure, and I’d read either without any distinction needing to be made. But I’m not a teen, and I could see where with younger readers a distinction would be necessary. I think NA is a fairly new genre term and is written with adult readers in mind.

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                  1. I think you’re correct there. With book sales being the bottomline, publishing houses need all the help they can get in their bid to attract readers, especially teens and families. And so we have another variant. 😂

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