I am in love with that title – it's probably what got me interested in reading this in the first place. The first in Crista McHugh's The Queen B* series focuses on Alexis Wyndham, a high school senior who got bullied for years and decided to start a blog to expose the popular crowd at her school. Using her status as the Queen Bitch, Alexis primarily helps out other students who get bullied.
It goes without saying: Confessions of a Queen B* is quite literally a book with many common high school stereotypes and clichés. There's the Queen Bee with her tiaras, entourage, and more often than not the head cheerleader. There's the star quarterback of the football team who probably has a six pack (if not, a flat stomach), dating the head cheerleader, and seems to have a perfect life with colleges all around trying to recruit him. There's the freaks and the outcasts, who really have a different perspective on life but the Queen Bee says they're completely abnormal and probably asks "Why are you even here on this planet?" on a daily basis.
The book has it all – high school stereotypes wise. Not exactly my type – high schools in books are full of immature drama and I hate dramatic books unless you're highly entertaining. But every once in awhile, a book set in high school with all the bells and whistles comes around and sneakily gets into my good graces, even if it has immature moments here and there committed by the characters.
Confessions of a Queen B* is just a fun book to read and I enjoyed every moment. You see all sides of Alexis – the sarcastic and snarky one that's public, and the secretly hidden side where she's actually a nice and down to earth person. You also see all sides of Brett – the whole star quarterback with the perfect life, and the secretly hidden side where he's an absolute inner geek who will probably like Sherlock and sweep Ella's heart away (damage already done there). Woe is to Brett if he ever reveals it out to the world.
Their relationship is pretty typical – the popular falling for the smart – but it's quite realistic. There are complications and ups and downs that stop Brett's and Alexis' romance from falling into THE ugly trap. There are heartfelt moments and banters between the two layered throughout the book – it's adorable and I ship them.
The whole x-rated videos might be a subtle plot, but I was too busy enjoying myself to even care – I already have a soft spot for this book.
She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
For the latest updates, deleted scenes, and answers to any burning questions you have, please check out her webpage, www.cristamchugh.com