on Nov. 6, 2011 :
This book was incredible!!! I enjoyed every single word!! The characters, Sonya, Will and Sasha, the plot was superb and I was engrossed till the end. It took me back to my high school years and made me wonder about a couple of things. I kinda wish there was an epilogue, but maybe not...it was perfect in every single way!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Oct. 17, 2011 :
This book was not at all what I expected, it was much better. The main characted, Sonya, was especially relatable, since like her I too tried to keep a low profile in High School. I think this would be a really great book for girls in High School to read, however, the book is fun and entertaining for people out of High School as well.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 25, 2011 :
This is a book that has nothing new yet it keeps you engrossed till the end. The book focusses on the issue of high school cliques and the story of a girl who tries to fight back. The story line is similar to novels/movies that use this theme. Yet, it is well written and the main character is interesting.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on Sep. 16, 2011 :
This is an amazingly well written novel in a similar vein as the movie Step-Up and will probably be just as well-loved by young adults. It involves a young girl who loves to dance but doesn't have the means to achieve that dream. Yet she does through extreme hard work. However, as we all know, hard work at a young age is rarely recognized by one's peers, especially when those peers are rich witches. Add on to all this the incredibly nasty, unlikeable sister and a hot yet messed up boyfriend and you have a recipe for a great, short read that teens will love. This is the kind of juicy stuff that actually does happen in teenage years and things don't always turn out for the best and everything becomes flowery and perfect. This novel is raw and gritty. I loved it!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on May 25, 2011 :
LESLIE DUBOIS' "THE QUEEN BEE OF BRIDGETON" (A REVIEW)
I must say the Leslie DuBois is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her ability with writing stories about teens that are riveting, inspiring, and in depth is simply amazing. This story is about an African American teen that has had to overcome so much in her life to gain her true place in the world only to see it almost destroyed by a group of girls with a jealous streak. Unlike any other story of this kind that I have ever read, Leslie once again brings her characters to life and pulls the reader in placing them into the shoes of this young girl and making them realize just how hard it is to be a teenager.
I commend her on her writing skills and her seemingly effortless flow. I will be sure to pick up more of her works in the near future.
-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on May 23, 2011 :
amazing read, definitely reccomended to young adult readers and teens,the story evolves around sonya and sasha, two sisters who go are the new students at Bridgetown. 3 girls are the queens of bridgetown and are jealous of sonya cause she's dating the basketball star.They try to turn them against each other, and you'llhave to read the book to find out what happens :D
Great writing too, looking forwart to reading more books by the author :))
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on May 9, 2011 :
Sonya and Sasha are sisters who live in a rough neighborhood. After many years of persistance Sasha gets admitted to Bridgeton, a well known and highly elite school. Sasha encourages her sister to apply and Sonya ends up attending Bridgeton as well, but never really fits in. Sasha and Sonya hide from their classmates that they are poor and even go so far as to hide where they live from everyone, even their boyfriends. When Sonya crosses the "Bitch Brigade" (an elite and highly secretive group of girls who essentially run the school) they do everything in their power to destroy everything that is important to her, her boyfriend, her dancing, and her future. This book is a great read!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on May 6, 2011 :
Sonya lives in a poor neighborhood with her older sister and her mom. She won 2 tickets to balet in elementry school and wanted to dance. Her mom could not afford to give her lessons but did buy a old pair of dance shoes for her. She found a dance studio that was the close as she could and watched from the windows and tried to copy them. When she got caught she offered to clean in exchange for dance lessons. Has continued now before school which she got into on scholarship and her sister has been thier after trying out 6 times. Sonya tries to be invisible to the students thier she does not fit in only a few black students go their. one day she forgot her dance shoes in her locker and hurried back to get them and a door crashes into her face. will and girl were making out and she realized this was second time she seen him after making out with someone. Sonja looks at him and said you have sad eyes.
Will has been watching her for a while and asks her out and shes says no. She has no idea who he is or even his name. her sister cant believe she said no to him. between her dance lessons and when she gives lessons she has an hour and will shows up at studio with flowers and gets her to go to eat.
Thier is a bunch of girls running the school and sets kids up that are in thier way or just for fun. No one knows exactly whos doing it. They dont like Sonja dating the basketball star and try to set her up and break them apart.
It is a good story and you want to root for sonja and will and see everything work out for the best. I enjoyed reading the book.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on May 1, 2011 :
I received a copy of The Queen Bee of Bridgeton though a librarything.com giveaway in exchange for a review and was pleasantly surprised. I was interested from the book description but assumed it would be in the same vein of other angsty young adult books set in High School. This was not the case. The characters in this book deal with real and difficult issues. The main character Sonya is mature, loyal and goal oriented 16 yr old. Sonya and her sister long to escape the world they have grown up in and will do any thing to succeed in life. Sonya's way out is though dance at which she excels. Her dream she has worked for since she was eight is put in jeopardy when the ruling girls in her private high school attempt to to bring her down. I couldn't put this book down once i picked it up and cant wait to read more from this author.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 16, 2011 :
This is a book that keeps you glued to it till the end. Very well-written. Just felt a little rushed at the end. This the first one of Leslie's books that I have read and I look forward to more!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)