Release Date: January 2nd, 2012
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.
The Queen of Kentucky was a very cute novel and I'm happy to have read it. It was one of those coming of age books where you don't know who you want to be so you try to be popular. This is what happened with Ricky Jo "Ericka". I don't live in the south, but most girls at my school don't act like she and her "friends" did that are popular. They were mean and only cared about boyfriends, cheerleading, and appearences. I always got frustrated with Ericka because she kept wanting to go after the hot bad boy even though he was always mean to her. My favorite character was Luke because he was the cute boy next door and was really nice. Overall, I enjoyed the book but it's not one of those stories that you reread again. It's more of a cute story to bring your mood up if you're sad.
*Side-note: I've been really busy with my school musical and science fair project so I haven't been able to post as much, but I will be back shortly with a post everyday. Promise:)