Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children Publishing.
Cammy Hall is what anyone would describe as a loser. She lives with her grandparents and has adopted their way of life… right down to the comfortable shoes and early bedtime. And can she help it that she actually likes to knit?Loser/Queen was a fun, lighthearted book that put a new twist on the "geek girl becomes popular" cliché. While I didn’t end up loving it, I was still thoroughly entertained by Cammy’s quest to get revenge on the popular crowd.
At school, her skills with knitting needles and some yarn go completely unappreciated: people like Bekka Bell reign while Cammy and her best friend, the fearless Danish exchange student Gerdi, watch from the sidelines. Cammy’s used to being an outsider; after years of humiliating moments, her goal is simply to fly under the radar. Then she suddenly starts receiving mysterious text messages that lead her right to all the embarrassing secrets about the most popular kids in school. Cammy never expected to be able to climb up the high school food chain, and the agenda of the texter may be questionable—but how can she possibly give up the chance to be Queen?
While Cammy does quite a lot of mean things, at the command of an anonymous texter, she does even more wonderful things. Basically, she’s killing all of the people that laughed at her with kindness. I loved that aspect; it’s new and fun and entertaining.
But there were so many things that left a bad taste in my mouth when I finished this. Gertie, Cammy’s Danish, eccentric best friend, was so overdramatic at times that I felt it didn’t seem realistic. I did enjoy Cammy’s relationship with Luke, but the random change of events in the last chapter very much ruined that for me. But, I appreciate the fact that the identity of the texter, White Rabbit, remained a mystery until the end. It was something to keep me guessing, to keep me reading, while the quirks and decisions of the characters were pushing me to put it down.
Overall, Loser/Queen wasn’t the right book for me, but don’t let that discourage you from picking it up. It’s funny, cute, highly entertaining and the perfect book to pick up when you need some cheering up. I may not have loved it, but I definitely recommend it to my followers who crave a good chick-lit!