The Queen of Kentucky
By Alecia Whitaker
Published: January 2nd, 2012 by Poppy
Page Numbers: 375 pages
Challenges: Standalone Reading Challenge
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would prefer to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and become part of the popular crowd at her small town high school. She trades her Bible for Seventeen magazine, buys new "sophisticated" clothes and somehow manages to secure a tenuous spot at the cool kids table. She's on top of the world, even though her best friend and the boy next door Luke says he misses "plain old Ricki Jo."Caught between being a country girl and wannabe country club girl, Ricki Jo begins to forget who she truly is: someone who doesn't care what people think and who wouldn't let a good-looking guy walk all over her. It takes a serious incident out on Luke's farm for Ricki Jo to realize that being a true friend is more important than being popular.
My Thoughts: Well, let's just say through out the book I hated everyone. EVERYONE. Except Luke. He was cool, Luke's cool. But, then I had to come to realize that these are kids, children. And it also made me realize, this IS how us teenagers act. And then that made the whole book better, everything just clicked for me.
For one, this book is very realistic and relatable because I even know now that at one point in my life when I was younger, I acted exactly like Ricki Jo. All I wanted to do was to be popular and fit in and so I went and molded myself into what I thought was, I guess...cool. Like Ricki Jo, I completely forgot about who I was and threw all that I was away. Although, my efforts backfired, I grew stronger and I realized..Hey! Popular kids. Fuck you, I'm me and that's all I'm going to be. Its a very short read, well, not short because its almost 400 pages, but its fast paced, I mean I read this in one day. And the way Ricki's character grew and developed was amazing to read about, she grew from this shy yet amazing farm girl to quick tongued cheerleader to just Ricki, the tomboy who dressed chic, the seemingly fun farm girl who can beat anyone in a game of HORSE.
Then there's Wolf. I wanted to stab Ricki for pursuing him even though he treated her horribly. I mean he was just a bad person and I think you were meant to dislike him because I really did. And her "friends" were no help, but seriously, those girls were bitches.
Not good people, except for some reason, I enjoyed Kimi even though she was the worst out of them all. They were sweet at times, but not best friends as they were suppose to be. AND LUKE. Oh gosh, I wish he was mine. I cannot believe Ricki did not see he was most likely in love with her until the end. Horrible. And that is the one thing I hate about standalones, I can't find out for sure what happened with Ricki and Luke. I WANT MORE.
I am definitely going out to get a copy of this for my shelves.