I remember liking THE QUEEN OF EVERYTHING but I also remembered thinking parts of it were boring. I actually enjoyed it a lot more this time around because of how detailed the town and all of the characters are. It's one of those books were the town is basically the main character and I really loved that because it made the setting so much more than just set dressing. The details that went into the island community and all of Jordan's classmates, friends, and family members was just so, SO well done.
We know from the beginning that Jordan's father has done something terrible, so reading the book is kind of like holding your breath and waiting for disaster. While Jordan deals with family drama, she also gets entangled with a burgeoning psychopath named Kale who dabbles in sexism and animal cruelty. Trigger warnings for on-page animal deaths (and off-page). One of my favorite parts of the book is when Jordan gets sick of his shit and plans revenge on the little freak. It truly is a YOU GO, GIRL moment.
I don't want to say too much more because I think it's one of those books that you have to experience for yourself. The plot is pretty thinly spread out over the course of the book but the heroine and her world have so much personality that I didn't really mind until the end where it began to drag (right about the time she ends up at Big Mama's). But 95% of the book was pure gold. I think I own HONEY, BABY, SWEETHEART somewhere around here from my high school days and I am definitely planning on purchasing the rest of this author's books at some point-- and so should you.
4.5 out of 5 stars