Book Reviews of Empress of the World

Empress of the World
Empress of the World
Author: Sara Ryan
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ISBN-13: 9780142500590
ISBN-10: 0142500593
Publication Date: 5/26/2003
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Puffin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Cute story, that shows that love (no matter what kind) will win out in the end.
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Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book. It was cute, heart-breaking, loveable, and well-written. Plus, the characters are all these really talented teens. It's great, it really is. Words do not do it justice.
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Helpful Score: 2
Touching and sometimes brutal, this story tells a story of a teenager questioning her sexual identity. What I enjoyed about this book:

-Nic, the protagonist ,refuses to identify herself as any label which I enjoyed
-The relationships felt realistic for the age group identified, as well as the problems they faced
-Homophobia was present, but not overdone. Nic faces many types of homophobia, which I appreciated
-It doesn't end in a neat little package, which is a danger YA authors often face

Ryan's story has the ideal mix of teenage heartache, hope, and confusion that every 16 year old faces. The best way to describe this book, at the risk of sounding cheesy, is that it really warmed my heart.

Criticisms? I don't know the name of the sequel!
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good book very touching
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This was an enjoyable if quick read, with a predictable storyline and what I think of as typical teen summer camp romance plot. However, the genre of queer YA lit is sorely lacking in material so any addition to it is a positive. It's also a book I think I would have loved as a teen even though it didn't translate super well for me as an adult. The resolution wasn't clean-cut which was nice for its realism. This wasn't my favorite book but for teens and young adults I would easily recommend it.
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Good read!
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weak plot. soap opera-y queer-themed YA. not very good, but if you're looking for something to shore up a questioning young identity, this isn't the worst thing you could pick up.