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The Queen of Second Place by Laura Peyton…

The Queen of Second Place

by Laura Peyton Roberts

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There's just something about reading stories that you can relate to that make them a joy to read. As someone who grew up feeling like her own version of THE QUEEN OF SECOND PLACE, relating to Cassie Howard was easy. She's pretty, she has friends, she's been on a date or two, she gets good grades--etc., etc., etc. But for Cassie, being a second-bester isn't good enough. She's looking for A-List status, for the admiration of her peers and, maybe more importantly, for her own self-worth.

When she falls in love at first sight--yet again--with the new boy who has transferred to her school, Cassie knows that sophomore year will never be the same. She's determined that this time, for once, she'll be the one coming out on top, at least where Kevin Matthews is concerned. But no sooner does Cassie catch Kevin's attention than her nemesis, Sterling "Fourteen-Karat" Carter, moves in for the kill.

Throughout the story, it's never quite clear if Sterling is as unabashedly vicious as she is out of jealousy or just pure spite. When she learns of Cassie's interest in Kevin, Sterling is, of course, even more interested in landing him as her boyfriend. As Cassie becomes more and more desperate to gain the first place position in this one thing, more important than any that has come before it, her values and morals somehow fall by the wayside. Suddenly she's driving a car without a license, she's plagiarizing parts of a one-act play, she's ditching her friends to work out yet another scheme to get Kevin to notice her.

As Cassie's plans backfire and even second place seems a long way away, it's up to her to realize that people might actually have more than one talent. As her self-assurance and self-confidence both take a tumble and grow as never before, Cassie might just learn that second place doesn't always mean losing, and that good things do come to those who wait.

THE QUEEN OF SECOND PLACE is a thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable read. True to life characters and engaging dialogue make this book a winner, and, if you're like me, you'll be looking forward to reading more about Cassie and her high-school adventures in QUEEN B. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
this book was a very good book and i really enjoyed it i look forward to reading the secquel ( )
  monkeyfamily | Jul 26, 2008 |
Cassie has a theory that everyone has a talent that they are born with.Of her friends, one is a talented whistler, another can forcast which line will be the fastest. Cassie realizes that her gift of always being second in everything is not necessarily always a hindrance. Cassie is a fun kid who is able to descibe the highs and lows of adolescence. ( )
  lnewlun | Jun 13, 2008 |
a book about a highschool girl who's in love with the new boy in her honor-english-class! an exciting thriller that will have you setting on the edge of your seat! ( )
  coon34 | Apr 16, 2008 |
I loved this book! I was soooo sad when it ended. But then I found the second one! ( )
  gabzeigler | Jan 25, 2008 |
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No matter how hard she tries, Cassie is always second best—in school, in life, and especially in love. And lately, Sterling Carter is always one pedicured step ahead of her. Cassie is used to it. Mostly. The problem is, right now she and Sterling both want Kevin Matthews. He’s only the hottest new student ever to grace their high school halls. And for the record, Cassie saw him first. But, naturally, Sterling wants him. So Cassie might as well just give up now.

Except who says Cassie can’t have an equal chance too? Just because she’s been in second place all her life doesn’t mean things can’t change. . . .

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Tired of always coming in second, high school sophomore Cassie Howard tries everything to get a date with the hottest new boy in school, Kevin Matthews, before her nemesis, Sterling Carter, does.

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