April 14, 2012
The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
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.
I am so reading the next book by Alecia Whitaker. Ricki Jo was so easy to relate too in her country Girliness, and I found myself thinking 99.9% of the time "Oh my Gosh, she's just like me!". Of course I would think that. And in a lot of ways she is just like me. Ricki Jo and Luke were great. They were great together, and sometimes great apart, because Ricki Jo was just so funny. But I wish I could've got into Luke's mind, just a little, because he seemed like such a great guy. Wolf though, he was a dog. A dirty, deadbeat, horndog. Ewww. He was such a jerk! Moving on. Don't want to rant about jerks. So....Ricki Jo's town is just like mine, but ya know, bigger. I mean my town has 2 gas stations(I work at one.), a Post Office(Used to be Post Fice, but they fixed the sign.), a schoolhouse, and a water department. Oh, and the Mercantile. Anyhow. Sorry for all the personal references. But this book was great, and I really recommend it.
I give this Book Four Stars.