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The Queen Bee of Bridgeton (Dancing Dream #1)

The Queen Bee of Bridgeton (Dancing Dream #1) [Kindle Edition]

Leslie DuBois
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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When fifteen-year-old Sonya Garrison is accepted into the prestigious Bridgeton Academy, she soon discovers that rich girls are just as dangerous as the thugs in her home of Venton Heights. Maybe more so. After catching the eye of the star, white basketball player and unwittingly becoming the most popular girl in school, she earns the hatred of the three most ruthless and vindictive girls at Bridgeton. Can she defeat the reigning high school royalty? Or will they succeed in ruining her lifelong dream of becoming a world class dancer?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (9 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S7A9AM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not going to let this book put me off trying Lesley DuBois's other books, which I also got for free. There are things here that make me think she's got some talent, and that it's worth giving her the benefit of the doubt, but this was disappointing.

The characterisations are a bit thin - Sonya is definitely MarySue ish in a "too good for this world" kind of way, talented, beautiful, hard done by, and she's fawned over by her gorgeous boyfriend who fell in love with her at first sight

There are also too many silly grammatical errors, sentences that don't make sense or are badly constructed, etc;

"While on the ground clutching my forehead, a pretty redheaded girl and a cute blond boy stepped out."

The same boy is described a couple of paragraphs later as "the cute, if not, lewd blond boy" - I was left scratching my head at that one. I also had to laugh at the unfortunate typo, "sugar plume faeries". I assume this was intended to read as "sugar plum fairies"...

I wasn't 100% convinced by Sonya's ballet training - it just didn't ring true.

The kids at her school who dislike her so much are also just over the top, and her sister, Sasha, blows hot and cold, being sweet and loving one minute having just told her how useless she is.

The book as a whole reads like it needs a really good edit. I can't help thinking that if the padding, unnecessary explanations etc were cut out, assuming the rest of the trilogy is similarly overwritten, the story could have been told in one really tautly written book.

It just did not capture my interest soon enough, strongly enough. It's aimed at teenagers, who may be more forgiving in some respects, but I just didn't feel like this was edited or finished to my satisfaction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad: A fun, quick read 17 Feb 2012
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This book was a free Kindle download, and I read it over the course of a couple of days. I would describe it as a high school drama with a lot of romance and a bit of comedy thrown in. It deals with some deeper concepts, such as the difficulties faced by a teenage couple pursuing and maintaining a cross-cultural romance. Also, parents may wish to note that there are sexual references scattered throughout the novel, and scenes of sexual activity. There are no plot spoilers in this review, although by necessity I've had to disclose some elements of the plotline and characterisation.

Some things didn't make any sense to me. The protagonist, Sonya, looks almost identical to her beautiful and popular sister Sasha, yet the reader is expected to believe that Sonya is invisible at school, and has no friends at all there. The two sisters have lunch together every day and Sonya is often mistaken for Sasha by Sasha's friends. Someone like Sonya would have attracted some hangers-on, at the very least, or those using her to try to get close to Sasha.

Although ballet is a major part of Sonya's life, the other students in her ballet class are given only cursory mentions. I find it hard to believe that having attended from a young age, she hasn't made a single friend in that class in all those years.

The school's powerful clique, the "Bitch Brigade" was absurd and over the top, to the extent that it wasn't believable at all. Sure, I can believe in the idea of a powerful clique running the school from the shadows, but calling itself the "Bitch Brigade" was so childish for a group of seventeen/eighteen year old girls. The author doesn't seem to be aware that rich, privileged, bitchy high school girls rarely ever think of themselves as bitches.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 13 July 2013
By A. mann
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I loved this book, the style and story line is great- I hope the other books are as good as this!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok 30 Jun 2013
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this was ok i cant really get into was free though so cant complain.ive only read the beginning but its not for me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by its cover... 5 Jun 2013
By Izzie
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To be honest I only purchased this book because it was free and when i started reading it I was less than impressed by the writing style. Butas I read the central climax of the book I really got into it and the ending was a real unexpected twist !!! Sadly I am the type of reader who picks up a book and judges it, and usually I am right, but by "the queen bee of Bridgetone" all my expectations were wrong. I would recommend this book to young teens as it is not gripping enough for the older reader and too mature for the younger.. so overall a fantastic book with a unexpected twist so I am going to give this book 4 stars. And I'm off to buy the sequel !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 2 Jun 2013
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I loved this book and it was really interesting to read and i cant wait to read the next one i would recommend this book to my friends even my family
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5.0 out of 5 stars absoulutly amazing 31 May 2013
By K.A
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this book was sooo good. its one of the best books ive ever read and i read alot. i couldnt even put it down when i first started reading it. i finished it within 2 days. im a teen myself and i would recommend it to yung teens like me, lovedd it please readd itt noww
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, interesting. 30 May 2013
By Bodge
Format:Kindle Edition
I didnt think i would like this book and i carried on reading and i really enjoyed it. I loved how you could feel the emotions. It is a book aimed for teenagers. I liked how you could imagine whats hapening and when Will came into the book it got really good because of the love and comfort. I enjoyed how she made us really embrace the love and passion for Will and dancing. It is the sort of book that is hard to put down. I was quite dissapointed when I got tired and had to put the book down. I would recommend this book.
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