I haven’t yet read Alecia Whitaker’s recent debut The Queen of Kentucky (Jan. 2nd), but the book trailer, cover and summary have won me over. All three pieces scream “This book is adorable!” I certainly hope I feel the same way when I read it! 😉 There are quite a few stories out there with a similar premise, but regardless of that, this is a book that appears to be one my students will relate to and enjoy.
Summary (From Goodreads): Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would preferred 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.