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Great book :)
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Posted April 4, 2012
The Queen of Kentucky is a charming coming-of-age contemporary w
The Queen of Kentucky is a charming coming-of-age contemporary with a spunky main character you'll love to root for.
I really liked Ricki Jo, her voice is authentic for her age and funny. She's someone who wants to stay true to herself but also make new friends and fit in, which isn't the easiest combination for her. Even though she doesn't always make the right choices, she does tries to learn from them. She's very resilient, which is great for someone her age and means she's quick to bounce back when she's down. I also adore how much Ricki Jo's family means to her, even when she thinks they're uncool.
The friendship between Ricki Jo and Luke was lovely. I mean what fourteen year old girl wouldn't love a friend like Luke? He's loyal, honest, hard working and always there when you need someone to listen. Plus his quiet demeanor and serious nature help bring out a more mature side to Ricki Jo.
While none of the supporting characters were all that original in the personality department, they're well written and felt real. They're the kinds of characters you either love, or love to hate. I just wish we could've gotten more character development from Mackenzie (the other new girl) and Wolf (freshman bad boy) since its hinted that they're much deeper then the story allows.
At 375 pages I felt the novel was a little on the long side, while the pacing isn't slow I felt that a few parts did drag. The small Kentucky town setting fits the story perfectly and adds lots of atmosphere to a storyline that could have felt cliche, but instead feels just right.
While it doesn't break any new ground, The Queen of Kentucky is an absolute treat and a delightful debut. I look forward to reading more from author Alecia Whitaker and hope she continues to write about her deep southern roots because its a style and voice that suit her well.
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Posted September 4, 2014
2.5/5 stars I don¿t usually read books about characters under t
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I don’t usually read books about characters under the age of 16 because they don’t tend to jive with me but I gave this book a shot for two reasons:
1. I REALLY want to read Alecia Whitaker’s new novel, Wildflower, and I like to read an author’s work chronologically when I have the opportunity. I don’t know if anyone else does this but I enjoy seeing how authors change and stay the same from book to book.
2. I recently read Jen Calonita’s Summer State of Mind (which is a sequel to Sleepaway Girls) and I LOVED it; I was super skeptical at first because it was about a fifteen year old girl but it ended up being my favorite Jen Calonita book (and I LOVE Jen Calonita).
This book has been at the top of my TBR list for the past few months because of these two reasons but this book just didn’t work for it; I tried so hard to like it and forgive the problems I had a first but they just kept snowballing until I really just didn’t like the book. It bums me out and I really wish that I felt differently.
Ricki Jo is convinced that she is a hick because she lives twenty minutes outside of town, while all of the “cool kids” live in town and hang out at the country club. She decides that she wants to make a name for herself at her new high school (she went to a catholic school for K-8) and be “cool”. Oh the elusive “cool” factor that is sought out in high school. This book had a way of connecting with people because whether you were cool, weren’t cool, desperately wanted to be cool, or didn’t care, we all understand the concept and appeal of being cool.
One the first day of cool, I mean school (hehe), Ricki Jo (who goes by Ericka in high school, I’ll still refer to her as Ricki Jo or RJ) meets the Fab Four, four beautiful and popular girls she strives to fit in with and Wolf, the stud of the town. RJ changes her clothes, her attitude, and even her interests in order to fit in with these “cool” kids. One thing that annoyed me was that she already had friends, it wasn’t like she was completely new, her best friend Luke attended that school and some other nice people she met previously went there but they apparently weren’t good enough; she viewed her changes as an upgrade and I guess it only made sense for her to upgrade her friends too, besides Luke.
Luke. Let’s talk about that boy; Luke is the only redeeming part of this entire book. I love Luke; he’s just a good ol’ country boy with a huge heart. His story is actually what kept me reading the book; he has real struggles and real emotions which was so refreshing to the story. RJ spent the entire book freaking out about boys and clothes while her best friend was dealing with an abusive father and raw grief. His story was beautiful to see unfold, his emotions and thoughts were so uniquely complex and it broke my heart.
Moving on to RJ: the main character who I couldn’t relate with, she is crazy selfish and she never puts anyone else before herself. I understand that being fourteen and starting high school is tough but she never saw past her own self. There were even times when she almost put herself above Luke but then she snapped out of it. I think that Luke was in the story to help RJ learn about others and not focus only on herself.
Other characters: Her supposed friends were terrible! I wanted to shake sense into the entire book because she didn’t seem to value herself enough to realize that she is awesome and needs to be appreciated. She kept letting these crappy people use her and it went on for the entire book, almost four hundred pages. I got incredibly frustrated with it.
Good things: It was fun to learn more about Kentucky and I genuinely felt connected to the country and the way of life out there. I went to school in the country and I enjoyed really understanding life in the country and how growing up there really is.
Alecia did capture the spirit of freshman year in high school, there’s an excitement and innocence to it which RJ really embraced it and I loved. I also somewhat enjoyed how overly dramatic RJ was because it’s true, high school is all about the hyperboles: best friends forever (whom you just met) and the love of your life.
What I got from the book was the debate of whether it’s worth it or not to lose sight of who you are in order to fit in.
I might have felt differently about this book if I read it as a freshman in high school but as a twenty-two year old, I just couldn’t get behind this book. I am still planning on reading Wildflower (which is about a seventeen year old) and I’m still excited about it.
Posted January 16, 2012
I dont have much money to spend so i was wondering if this would be a good book to spend my money on. I would welcome any other book sugestions as well!
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Posted January 7, 2012
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