The Queen of Second Place

The Queen of Second Place

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by Laura Peyton Roberts
     
 

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Cassie Howard truly believes that every human being on earth is born with one special talent. Unfortunately, hers is taking second place. No matter how hard she tries, she’s always second best . . . in school, in life, and especially in love.

When Cassie discovers new-boy-in-town Kevin Matthews, she wants him on sight. But so does Sterling Carter, a…  See more details below

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Cassie Howard truly believes that every human being on earth is born with one special talent. Unfortunately, hers is taking second place. No matter how hard she tries, she’s always second best . . . in school, in life, and especially in love.

When Cassie discovers new-boy-in-town Kevin Matthews, she wants him on sight. But so does Sterling Carter, a ridiculously beautiful preppy princess and Cassie’s enemy since freshman year. Sterling is the kind of girl who always gets it all, and Cassie . . . isn’t. Is there any point even trying when the first fifteen years of Cassie’s life have proven she’s doomed to fail? Can the Queen of Second Place ever truly win?

With fresh determination and the support of friends whose not-so-glorious talents range from parking cars to whistling, Cassie sets out to capture Kevin’s heart and make herself first . . . at last.
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“Suspenseful and often witty, this book makes losing by a hair seem almost fun.” —Publishers Weekly

“Roberts clearly takes the crown for this witty and inventive offering.” —School Library Journal

“Light and funny.” —Booklist

“The Queen of Second Place hits a home run.” —San Diego Union–Tribune

Florida Teens Read List

Young Adult Sequoyah Masterlist

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

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Let’s just be clear on one thing: this wasn’t about the dance.

It was never about the dance. But now Sterling had me. If Kevin didn’t ask me to the formal, I was going to look like the world’s biggest loser. Worse, if he asked her, I was going to be the world’s biggest loser. I’m pretty much used to coming in second, but coming in second to Sterling Carter is more than any human being should be asked to bear. I promised myself I wouldn’t let that happen.

A girl has to draw the line somewhere.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149915187
Publisher:
Laura Peyton Roberts
Publication date:
01/01/2015
Series:
The Queen Companion Novels , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,132,147
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Peyton Roberts is the author of numerous books for teens and tweens, including the Clearwater Crossing series, GHOST OF A CHANCE, THE QUEEN OF SECOND PLACE, QUEEN B, GREEN, and WALK ON WATER. Visit her at www.LauraPeytonRoberts.com.

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Queen of Second Place 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Let's all give a hand to special talents. It's nice to have one, even if it isn't really helpful. And these talents are the focus of this book. Basically the great part is that the author, Laura Peyton Roberts, mentions all these seemingly random facts about the characters, but at the end, you get to see it all combine together to make a great finish. Apart from that, this book was so predictable that you didn't know which path the author would take. The cliché one, or the so-unexpected-it's-expected-beyond-belief one? Overall, The Queen of Second Place was your average chick lit book, but maybe it goes a teeny bit above the mark. Cassie has been many things in her life, including bad hair day victim, prime teasing target, and illegal chauffeur for her little brother. But the thing that's been consistent in her life is second place. It's a gift. She places second in EVERYTHING. Cassie's not alone, though. All her friends seem to have talents too, though theirs are much more helpful (or at least less negative). So Cassie's already figured that she'll just be the "girl+friend" instead of the girlfriend when there's a new guy at school. But just because she knows that Sterling "Fourteen-Karat" Carter will get one more boy to add to her "Possible Dates to the Winter Formal" list doesn't stop Cassie from trying. A mistake, it turns out.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
There's just something about reading stories that you can relate to that make them a joy to read. As someone who grew up feeling like her own version of THE QUEEN OF SECOND PLACE, relating to Cassie Howard was easy. She's pretty, she has friends, she's been on a date or two, she gets good grades--etc., etc., etc. But for Cassie, being a second-bester isn't good enough. She's looking for A-List status, for the admiration of her peers and, maybe more importantly, for her own self-worth.

When she falls in love at first sight--yet again--with the new boy who has transferred to her school, Cassie knows that sophomore year will never be the same. She's determined that this time, for once, she'll be the one coming out on top, at least where Kevin Matthews is concerned. But no sooner does Cassie catch Kevin's attention than her nemesis, Sterling "Fourteen-Karat" Carter, moves in for the kill.

Throughout the story, it's never quite clear if Sterling is as unabashedly vicious as she is out of jealousy or just pure spite. When she learns of Cassie's interest in Kevin, Sterling is, of course, even more interested in landing him as her boyfriend. As Cassie becomes more and more desperate to gain the first place position in this one thing, more important than any that has come before it, her values and morals somehow fall by the wayside. Suddenly she's driving a car without a license, she's plagiarizing parts of a one-act play, she's ditching her friends to work out yet another scheme to get Kevin to notice her.

As Cassie's plans backfire and even second place seems a long way away, it's up to her to realize that people might actually have more than one talent. As her self-assurance and self-confidence both take a tumble and grow as never before, Cassie might just learn that second place doesn't always mean losing, and that good things do come to those who wait.

THE QUEEN OF SECOND PLACE is a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable read. True to life characters and engaging dialogue make this book a winner, and, if you're like me, you'll be looking forward to reading more about Cassie and her high-school adventures in QUEEN B.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG, This book is perfect for any girl whi nows what it's like to lose to a girl in grades, friends, and boyfriends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Second place is something Cassie Howard is very familiar with. In fact, she refers to it as her talent. She has a theory about talents everybody has one and it doesn¿t have to be something glamorous. She usually doesn¿t mind her talent except when she comes in second to Sterling Carter. Sterling has had it out for Cassie since she moved to Hilltop, and it doesn¿t help that Sterling is perfect. When gorgeous Kevin Matthews moves to Cassie¿s school, Cassie thinks it is love at first sight. Unfortunately, Sterling has her eyes on him too. How far will Cassie Howard go to win Kevin¿s heart? How far will she go to make Kevin want to go to the school¿s winter formal with her? I really enjoyed reading The Queen of Second Place. Laura Peyton Roberts writes with an unusual flair that makes the reader not want to put the book down. The story of Cassie Howard¿s fight to defy her talent starts with a detention essay for a strict teacher. Roberts begins the story by telling the ending, and gradually she lets the main character tell the events that led up to the thing that put Cassie in detention in the first place. She leaves it up to the reader to put the pieces of this witty novel together. This author is not comparable to any others that I have known. Her unique writing style makes the reader want to read more about Cassie¿s embarrassing high school life. Cassie is similar to Meghan McCafferty¿s Jessica Darling in Sloppy Firsts. Cassie and Jessica go through many related teenage situations. In this version of high school life, though, Roberts uses a combination of unusual people and their talents to help Cassie beat her talent at its own game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All throughout my life, I've never quite been quite up to first place status. I've always had the second highest grade in the class, second best piano performance, and second best Halloween costume, just to name a few. But this book helped me realize that it is actually possible to be first. I was immediately drawn to the title, as it completely relates to my life, but I instantly fell in love with the symmetrical world of Cassie's. From the first page to the end, there was not a single dull moment. With her quirky humor and clever expressions, it made it pretty impossible to stop reading, even after bedtime. :) Throughout the book, Cassie has realistic problems that the generic teenager deals with--competition for a cute boy issues, popularity problems, and bullying. Cassie always seems to wind up in the toughest of situations, making me cringe and nearly rip the page out I turn it so fast. The Queen of Second Place is seriously unpredictable and immediately loveable. If you are looking for an exciting, original book, The Queen of Second Place is without a doubt the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think ths is an outstanding book.From a girl who loves to read, I would really recommend it.It deals with real life situations,and in someways I could realte to it,and i know some people who have went throgh something like this.This book is one of my top 5 favorit books that I have read so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's just something about reading stories that you can relate to that make them a joy to read. As someone who grew up feeling like her own version of THE QUEEN OF SECOND PLACE, relating to Cassie Howard was easy. She's pretty, she has friends, she's been on a date or two, she gets good grades--etc., etc., etc. But for Cassie, being a second-bester isn't good enough. She's looking for A-List status, for the admiration of her peers and, maybe more importantly, for her own self-worth. When she falls in love at first sight--yet again--with the new boy who has transferred to her school, Cassie knows that sophomore year will never be the same. She's determined that this time, for once, she'll be the one coming out on top, at least where Kevin Matthews is concerned. But no sooner does Cassie catch Kevin's attention than her nemesis, Sterling 'Fourteen-Karat' Carter, moves in for the kill. Throughout the story, it's never quite clear if Sterling is as unabashedly vicious as she is out of jealousy or just pure spite. When she learns of Cassie's interest in Kevin, Sterling is, of course, even more interested in landing him as her boyfriend. As Cassie becomes more and more desperate to gain the first place position in this one thing, more important than any that has come before it, her values and morals somehow fall by the wayside. Suddenly she's driving a car without a license, she's plagiarizing parts of a one-act play, she's ditching her friends to work out yet another scheme to get Kevin to notice her. As Cassie's plans backfire and even second place seems a long way away, it's up to her to realize that people might actually have more than one talent. As her self-assurance and self-confidence both take a tumble and grow as never before, Cassie might just learn that second place doesn't always mean losing, and that good things do come to those who wait. THE QUEEN OF SECOND PLACE is a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable read. True to life characters and engaging dialogue make this book a winner, and, if you're like me, you'll be looking forward to reading more about Cassie and her high-school adventures in QUEEN B, scheduled for release in July 2006.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Cassie always comes in second place, this book Definitely comes in first. Keeping me on my toes with a new (or at least new to me) style of writing, this book had me hooked from the start. Dealing with love friends and the ever popular 'soc's this book gives you a look into the life of a tipical teen girl and proves that other teens are not alone.