Sunday, December 26, 2010

YA review: Loser/Queen (GIVEAWAY)

Cammy Hall is what anyone would describe as a loser. She lives with her grandparents and has adopted their way of life… right down to the comfortable shoes and early bedtime. And can she help it that she actually likes to knit?

At school, her skills with knitting needles and some yarn go completely unappreciated: people like Bekka Bell reign while Cammy and her best friend, the fearless Danish exchange student Gerdi, watch from the sidelines. Cammy’s used to being an outsider; after years of humiliating moments, her goal is simply to fly under the radar. Then she suddenly starts receiving mysterious text messages that lead her right to all the embarrassing secrets about the most popular kids in school. Cammy never expected to be able to climb up the high school food chain, and the agenda of the texter may be questionable—but how can she possibly give up the chance to be Queen? (summary from goodreads)
My thoughts...When initially asked if I wanted to review this book, I was not impressed with the title or the cover, but the creation of the book interested me.  Readers voted on plot twists online, resulting in a full length written story.  I have never heard of a book being produced in this fashion, so I was very intrigued. 

I pleasantly discovered that Loser/Queen was a fun, light-hearted, comical story.  It left me shaking my head and laughing out loud on several occasions.  It left me guessing plot twists and turning pages at a quick pace. Loser/Queen was appropriate for all ages (with a small amount of smooching) and would be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Cammie, the main character, is basically a girl who feels invisible.  She and her BFF Gertie keep to themselves and rarely draw any attention to themselves, positive attention that is.  After an embarrassing incident, Cammie receives a mysterious text message that changes her life, for better or worse.  Cammie was a fun character to read. She felt very real and at times flawed.  My favorite characters in the book were Luke, Cammie's dream boy, and Gertie, the foreign exchange student from Denmark. 

The plot of Loser/Queen moved quickly, I read the book in about 2 days.  It is entirely age appropriate, I do not recall any foul language or sexual encounters beyond a few innocent kisses. 

The story has a good moral and leaves the reader guessing. I am disappointed I missed the construction phase of this book.  I am curious how the online voting was organized.  My fingers are crossed that the author writes another story using this method.

For more information, visit Jodi Lynn Anderson at S&S. Loser/Queen can be purchased by following this link

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Debbie's World of Books said...

Interesting concept for writing the book. I heard the movie Snakes on a Plane had a similar concept but this is the first time I heard of it for a book.

Juju at Tales of said...

Sounds cute! Thanks for your honest review :)

Jessica Lawlor said...

Great review! I've been completely intrigued by how this book was written ever since I saw your giveaway post about it.

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