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April 12, 2019

My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Kingston Publishing Company
Genre - Young Adult
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-1-64533-098-1
Pages - 301

My Review - 

High School Queens by Zachary Ryan is the first book in the trilogy. The plot is based on American high school drama and a life full of secrets. I am in love with the cover page. It's striking. This is my first read of this author, and I must say I am impressed. 

The main characters are a bunch of high school students. Aman, Calvin, Danielle, Andrew, Delilah, and Jasmine. They all come from different sections of society. They all have different dreams, but one thing is common, which connects them all. They all try to hide their secrets. Living double lives. To keep their persona intact, they can cross any line. 

Aman comes from an Indian Muslim family where he cannot live a life of his choice. Calvin is a star baseball player, but he struggles to come out and accept his authentic self. Danielle loves her social standing, but her dreams and life shattered when her parents got divorced. Andrew is an alcoholic trying to live a sober life. Delilah has no self-esteem. She just wants to hurt herself. Jasmine is in desperate need of love and approval from others.

Their lives turn upside down when someone named The Marked Queen claims to know all their dirty secrets. She warned them that she would destroy all of them at prom night. Everyone is frightened, and the backstabbing begins. Zachary Ryan narrates the story smoothly, involving every necessary aspect. All the characters get their space to grow and establish their connection with the readers.

The story is full of twists and turns. It hooked me from start to end. It leaves me wondering why the need for love, attention, and affection turns a human into a whole different person. We all hide our tears because we don't want to see how messed up we all are, or we can't afford to see our scars to others. The whole story is based on this. All the characters are fighting with their inner demons to find their proper place in school or society. 

This book proves to be a refreshing read. It is fast-paced. The author did an incredible job. In some places, there are spelling mistakes, but they are avoidable. Zachary Ryan describes body shaming, gay perspective, low self-confidence, suicide attempts, social standings, abusive parents, catfights, sexual need, lies, and the importance of accepting the truth. This book covers almost every topic which a teenager goes through in their life. 

I really like how the characters make peace with themselves. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. The Marked Queen agenda is quite clear from the start, but I am looking forward to reading her dirty secrets now. I recommend this book to young adult lovers, newbies, and those who enjoy reading high school drama. 

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  1. Amazing review. It reminded me of a series named Pretty Little Liars. Good work 👍 keep going.

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