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Teen Queens and Has-Beens

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Teen Queens and Has-Beens

The third installment in Cathy Hopkins's Truth or Dare series features Lia, daughter of a famous '80s rocker. Lia recently started going to school near her home after years of boarding in London. She loves her friends --- Cat, Becca, Squidge and Mac --- and just wants to fit in.

Popular "teen queen" Kaylie mentions that she likes Jonno, who in turn asks Lia out. Now Kaylie has it in for Lia, and starts a subtle bullying campaign that has Lia in knots every time she goes to school.

The pranks increase and get more serious, and Lia now thinks about returning to her school in London. But her new friends are not ready to give her up yet, and encourage her to stand up for herself. She tries to reason with Kaylie, but the girl is bent on humiliating Lia in any way she can. Lia also tries avoidance and shrinks within herself, attempting not to attract notice. The last thing Lia wants is a big confrontation, but soon she realizes that lots of other girls are bullied by Kaylie and her friends as well. It's time for it all to end.

Hopkins tackles the serious issue of girl bullying in the midst of an enjoyable story. This series remains strong.

American fans should realize that 'been' comes close to rhyming with 'Queen' in England, where the story is set.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on October 26, 2004

Teen Queens and Has-Beens
by Cathy Hopkins

  • Publication Date: October 26, 2004
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 0689871295
  • ISBN-13: 9780689871290