Title: High School Queens
Author: Zachary Ryan
Genre: Coming-of-the-age Fiction, Young Adult
Publication: Kingston Publishing Company
Length: 192 Pages (Paperback)
Source: Copy by Author
They all thought they did a masterful job of keeping their secrets close to their chest. These stupid fools thought they were the high court of this kingdom, but they had no clue who was really pulling the strings. You might wonder to yourself, who would be that heartless to make them backstab their friends, expose other’s secrets, and lose their morals? You don’t need to know who I am, but you better remember my name, The Marked Queen.
Danielle, Andrew, Delilah, Aman, and Jasmine all are now faced with a mysterious villain whose one goal is to ruin each of their lives. They must protect their secrets at all cost, or they’ll be the next victim on Marked Day. They know what’s at stake, and they’ll stop at nothing to continue being: the rich spoiled girl, the normal teenager, the girl who isn’t banging the principal, the straight vlogger, and the girl who isn’t her dad’s punching bag. What happens when The Marked Queen changes up the game just in time for prom? Will each of our favorite puppets survive? Or are they willing to backstab each other just to keep up their personas? The only thing lost at this prom wasn’t going to be their virginity.
Sex, Lies, and High School Queens explores the major theme of self-acceptance. Can they learn to accept all their flaws or pray victim to The Marked Queen? Each chapter continues to fill your sweet tooth until the climactic moment at the prom where you get to have that final bite of the bitch cake you’ve been dying to consume.
High School Queens is set in Johnson Prep School where everybody is trying to keep their reputation high. The book revolves around Danielle, Calvin, Delilah, Aman, Andrew and Jasmine. Each one is struggling in their lives and has their secrets which they do not want to be revealed because that will make them lose their cachet among the masses BUT there’s someone keeping an eye on them. She will expose them or else they chose to reveal somebody else’s secrets. And she is called ‘The Marked Queen’. The stimulant in the story is “Whose secrets would be revealed in exchange?” Or the biggest of a stir is “Who is this Marked Queen?”
The book has so much to talk about the teenage dilemmas and how difficult it is for a high schooler to gain acceptance in the small little world he/she is living in. All the characters in the book are struggling their ways to keep up their secrets which if revealed could lead to their esteem and honour vanished in a second amongst the peers.
The Author has wonderfully portrayed the uncertainty and the perplexity an adolescent faces when they have to come out with their identities and they are not sure whether the world would accept them or not. How hard it is for one to struggle alone?
The Author has shown with utmost lucidity the self-doubt that a stripling faces when he/she has a dream to be something valuable to the society but people around are always showing that they are not worth it.
These are some of the human emotions that the author has written about in exactly a teenage-style and there are a lot more which I leave for you to discover yourself.
The things I liked about the Book are:
👸 The book was a complete page-turner.
👸 The best part about the book was that every chapter was gripping and connected so well.
👸 There were many characters but the author has narrated their lives in a sorted manner.
👸Even If you catch up the chapters midway you will connect to the story again in a minute.
👸 The book presents teenage dilemmas in a very befitting style and will surely teach some lessons at the end.
The book is about teenagers who are full of self-doubts and are struggling hard to stand up to the cruel world but instead are hooked by those they trusted and land up into mess by ‘You know Who’- The Marked Queen.
Just can’t wait to read the sequel ‘The Revenged Queen’
Zachary Ryan grew up in a black-and-white box in Maryland, before moving to Chicago to start a new life. There, he found that he was accepted for his misfit status—and learned that it’s perfectly normal to spend your twenties feeling lost and confused.
After a disastrous sexual encounter, Ryan stumbled on a group of true friends, or “soul cluster,” that he connected with. Through his writing, he hopes to help other broken souls out there find comfort amid the chaos.
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*The book contains scenes depicting self-harm. Readers are advised to read as per their sensitivities.
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