Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
Publisher: Little Brown Books Young Readers
Date Published: 01/02/2012
Genre: YA Contemporary
It's the first day of high school for Ricky Jo, and she wants to recreate herself to fit in. She will be a new-kid at school even though she has always lived in Breckinridge, KY (she has attending Catholic school until now). As they are cutting tobacco, she tells her best friend Luke that he is to call her Ericka at school, it is more mature.
As Ericka tries so hard to make new friends: trying out for cheerleader, wearing different clothes, doing/saying things she would not normally say, she runs the risk of losing her old friends. Is it worth it? Ericka needs to make some hard choices in this time of growing up.
This was an awesome read. It captured me from page one. I could truly relate to what was happening - even through it has been several years since I was a freshman in high school. I grew up in a small town and remember struggling with similar decisions as Ricky Jo.
If you enjoy coming-of-age novels, and crush/romance story-lines, you will totally get into this book. Every high school girl should read this book.
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