Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?
Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.
Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.
With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor in the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?
Winning was such a confusing book - I started it expecting an underdog read, where new girl comes and usurps the queen biatch from her high school throne. Instead, I got something much more involved - I got Lexi, an anti-hero with ambition but also some kind of goodness in her. There's Sam, the sidekick with a backbone and Erin, the new girl who get's pulled into it all unexpectedly but takes it in her stride. There are some amazing subplots as well, like Erin and Sam's budding relationship (yay for positive LGBT representation).
I'm not by any point saying that this is a deep meaningful book and I can't even say it's a memorable read. It was good through, it's very entertaining reading about catfights and this book takes it to the next level by making the characters actually have personalities and motivations.
I loved how everything was resolved in this book, and the whole time I read it I was thinking about how I would love to see this on the screen, either as a movie or a short TV series - someone write a screenplay already.
Overall, Winning was a good book with fleshed-out characters and a brilliant storyline. it wasn't amazingly memorable, but it was an enjoyable read in the vein of Mean Girls.
Overall Rating: B
Book released June 28th 2016 by HarperTeen
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review