Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Review: Revenge of the Homecoming Queen

Every high school has one. A girl you love to hate. A girl who has everything handed to her on a silver platter, complete with linen napkin and fresh ground pepper. She dates the most popular guy, wears the most fashionable clothes, and has no doubt where the homecoming queen tiara is going to land--on her head. Aspen Brooks is that girl.

Only, from the opening pages, her perfectly aligned life begins to go off track. The tiara goes to arch-rival cheerleader Angel Ives, the kingship goes to uber-geek Rand Bachrach, and she suspects her super-jock boyfriend is somehow behind the whole mess. Everything Aspen thought she knew is about to be tossed aside like last season’s Dooney when she realizes that maybe--just maybe--there are some things that are more important that the right shoes, the right friends, and the right boyfriend. (But not the right bag--nothing is more important than toting the perfect purse.)

You might think you want to hate Aspen, but there is something naïve and honest about her that you can’t help but love. She is everything you hope the popular girl is really like on the inside. You realize--right along with Aspen--that no one has a perfect life and there are always surprises that come out of nowhere to shake everything up.

Revenge of the Homecoming Queen by Stephanie Hale is delightfully clever, laugh-out-loud funny, and touching in ways you won’t expect. In her debut novel, Hale manages to address everyday issues of teen life and major social problems with equally sensitivity, and with a wry, witty humor the constantly surprises. This one is going to be on many a keeper shelf, so get your copy today.

Hugs and happy reading,
OH. MY. GODS, Summer 2008 Dutton Children's Books

what I'm reading ... THE STAND by Stephen King (I know, you're shocked that I haven't finished yet, right?)


stephhale said...

This is the best review EVER. It almost beats out the one from the 11 year old who said my book is awesome and half the words in the review are spelled wrong! so cute!
Thanks so much!

TinaFerraro said...

REVENGE has such an intriguing premise, and is written by such a talented (and super-nice) author that I know it's going to be a keeper for me, too!

And Steph, did you sleep at all last night? I was like a 10 year-old on the eve of her birthday the night before PROM DRESS came out, all giggly and excited!

PS: TLC, slog on in THE STAND...it's worth it!

Sarah Beth Durst said...

Happy book birthday, Stephanie!

Best wishes,

Barrie said...

Steph!! HUGE, HUGE, HUGE congratulations. I'm so excited for you. The premise is great. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

alexgirl said...

Great review. You make it sound even better than it ALREADY looks/sounds. Congrats to Steph!

Heather Davis said...

Now I really can't wait to read the book, Steph! I'm so happy for you and what a great review, Tera!

I have to admit I was wondering how you'd make Aspen into a girl to root for, but it sounds like you did, Steph!



Anonymous said...

hi i just finsih the book in like 2 days it's great i love the story line, and i told all my friends about the book. i can't wait to read more of your books.

best of luck in the future

with love,