#Review High School Queens by Zachary Ryan
High School Queens
by Zachary Ryan
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/LGBT
Release Date: March 21st 2019
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 principle, 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.
If Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl had a child it would be High School Queens! This was filled with so much teenage angst it gave me whiplash. The Marked Queen is ready to out everyone’s secrets before graduation, and no one it would appear is going to be safe from her mark.
The rich and elitist teenagers of Johnson High don’t know who the Marked Queen is – and neither do we for that matter, the dialogue ‘she’ has throughout the book is mixed in with the telling of the story, at first it confused me who was talking as there was no definition between the text that someone else was talking, but once I realised it made the rest of the book a breeze to read.
The characters are shallow, rich kids that you love to hate – but as the book and the Marked Queen begins to take them down one by one, all their insecurities are flung to the fore front for all to see and you get a glimpse at their true selves.
The Marked Queens agenda is clear and no one is safe, this was a fast paced book that held my attention and I can’t wait to see what is store next for our Johnson High pupils!
About the Author:
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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