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The Queen of Everything

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The Queen of Everything

By Deb Caletti

Simon Pulse, Paperback, 9781416957812, 322pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

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Description
People ask me all the time what having Vince MacKenzie for a father was like. What they mean is, was he always crazy?

High school junior Jordan MacKenzie's life was pretty typical: fractured family, new boyfriend, dead-end job. She'd been living with her father (the predictable optometrist) since her mother (the hippie holdover) had become too embarrassing to be around. Jordan felt that she finally had as normal a life as she could. Then came Gayle D'Angelo.

Jordan knew her father was dating Gayle and that Gayle was married. Jordan knew it was wrong and that her father was becoming someone she didn't recognize anymore, but what could she do about it? And how could she -- how could anyone -- have possibly guessed that this illicit love affair would implode in such a violent and disturbing way?


Praise For The Queen of Everything

"Captivating details make this scandalous story seem all too real."



-- Publishers Weekly, starred review




"Debut YA novelist Caletti peoples Jordan's world with fascinating characters...Jordan's magnetic voice marks Caletti as a writer to watch."



-- Publishers Weekly, starred review




"The book unfolds the drama slowly and suspensefully, creating an everyday teen world that's perceptive, funny, and nuanced in its own right..."



-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review




"Gothic with an edge...The characters leap to life...Caletti expertly succeeds in capturing the way a smart teen can grasp and skewer her world..."



-- Kirkus Reviews




"Entertaining, atmospheric...Jordan's authentic teenage voice...will hold readers, as will the emotional issues...."



-- Booklist

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