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Who ever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn't nice, but she's more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they're doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High--and it's time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see--Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but Homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She'll introduce an unexpected third competitor into the mix, one whose meteoric rise--and devastating fall--will destroy Erin's chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

Lara Deloza's crackling depiction of a perpetually two-steps-ahead popular girl makes for a fun, wicked story with a protagonist that readers will love to hate.

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062396693
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Deloz
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 22 cm


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Alexandra wants to be homecoming queen. Sam is Alexandra's BFF/henchwoman/secret make out partner. Erin is the new girl who is possible competition to Alexandra, not just for the homecoming crown but also for Sam's affections. Things ensue.

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Sep 07, 2017

Alexandria, the pageant girl, is absolutely set on winning homecoming queen and has a plan to execute it with her sidekick Sam, but that is all put at risk when new girl Erin shows up. Follow the twists and turns of life at Spencer High as Alexandria does whatever needs to be done. Winning is a very materialistic, yet entertaining book about high school. Its constant competition with your friends really reminds me of Mean Girls, in a good way. It’s filled to the brim with intriguing toxic relationships, plus entertaining gossip and drama. A really interesting book, and a fun and mostly easy read. Definitely recommended to girls around the high school ages.
- @tacoboutbooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 14, 2016

The only reason I decided to check out this book is because there was a girl who was part of a LGBTQ+ community. But the representation of a young lesbian girl in high school in this book was really wrong. Alexandra (the main character) knows that her best friend Sam is a lesbian and while Alexandra is straight she leads Sam on just to get to do things. For some reason Sam is so weak and does anything Alexandra tells her to if Alexandra winks at her or touches her thigh for example. There were other parts where in Alexandra's mind Sam couldn't control herself in front a girl in a towel which was really degrading. The author made it seem like Sam was so weak and at every instance a girl was brought up she just became so helpless. Not too great for a character.

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