The Queen of Kentucky Review

Title: The Queen of Kentucky
Author: Alecia Whitaker
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company/Poppy
Source: Borrowed from my Library

Goodreads 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 Take:
Yay! Another Contemporary book that I liked! Ricki Jo symbolizes EVERY girl starting out High School. I loved the drama! The drama of a crush, girly fights, best friend issues, the underage drinking, the sexual conversations, and even the embarrassing parents. That kind of drama is real. Real, but not extreme drama that would have me closing the book and just calling it ridiculous. That didn't happen! I do not miss high school. :)

Wolf. Everyone probably has their very own Wolf-type story. 

I had a couple of guy best friends in school. We weren't as close as Luke and Ricki Jo, but kind of close. Don't worry, though! I didn't fall in love with either of them.

I'm happy about the ending. I'm not happy about what happened to Luke, but happy that he took a stand. Yay for Luke! Yay for Ricki Jo!

Sometimes, we have to learn that the grass is not always greener. Lord knows I've been there, done that! Have you?

My Rating:
This will be a great book to recommend for readers who may not be big fans of contemporary novels. I really enjoyed it!  

The Queen of Kentucky satisfies a part of both of my challenges I've signed up for: CCC, hosted by Chick Loves Lit (Shanyn); and SARC hosted by IceyBooks (Hafsah) and I Like These Books (Britta)

I find myself straying from my original lists quite a bit! I do hope that's OK!


  1. Nice review! As you probably know, I LOVED this one (it was my Jan Standalone Spotlight). Good luck with the rest of the challenge. And straying from your list is completely fine!

  2. Hey! I tagged you in a blog meme at the Writing Belle! Check it out! :)

  3. This sounds like a fun read! I need to read more contemporary books, I can live in the paranormal and fantasy world for so long before it all starts to sound real, lol!
    Thanks for the rec!