Revenge of the Homecoming Queen by Stephanie Hale
(Berkley JAM, Paperback, 2007)
Aspen Brooks was born to be homecoming queen. So when she doesn't win, Aspen is understandably upset. Mega-geek Rand is the new king and, strangely, it sounds as if Aspen's boyfriend, Lucas, is trying to set her up with Rand. To top it off, the reigning queen, Angel, suspects that Aspen set this all up to make Angel look like a fool. With Angel vowing revenge and Lucas acting all weird, it's up to Aspen to sort things out and possibly solve a kidnapping while she's at it.
This book kind of surprised me. I normally don't like superficial main characters, but Aspen was endearing. Underneath her fashionable clothes and desire to be homecoming queen, Aspen is a nice, thoughtful girl. A bit of a dumb blonde, she doesn't quite get what Rand sees in her so it's quite funny to watch the two of them fall in love. The best, and slightly over-the-top, part of the book is the kidnapping mystery. Aspen takes matters into her own hands when she pieces together clues about the kidnapper's identity. She definitely has grit, I have to say that. Stephanie Hale also adds a little seriousness to this light, fluffy book with the character of Aspen's mom. Beauty isn't only skin deep and it's worth the read to watch Aspen and her mom realize this. I just added the other two books in this series to my BookMooch wishlist and am looking forward to reading them.
Read about Stephanie Hale's cover stories at Melissa Walker's blog.