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The Queen of Everything

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  2,204 ratings  ·  108 reviews
"People ask me all the time what having Vince MacKenzie for a father was like. What they mean is, was he always crazy?" High school junior Jordan MacKenzie's life was pretty typical: fractured family, new boyfriend, dead-end job. She'd been living with her father (the predictable optometrist) since her mother (the hippie holdover) had been too embarrassing to be around. Jo ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Simon Pulse (first published November 1st 2002)
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Morgan F
I really did love this book. So, to clarify, I would rate it 4.5 stars if I could.

It's about Jordan, an average teenager with divorced parents. She lives with her father, a predictable optometrist because her mother is too eccentric for her tastes. Her summer after her junior year was off to a normal start- a best friend, dumb job, and a new love interest- but then came Gayle D'Angelo. Gayle D'Angelo is her father's new girlfriend.....who happens to be married. But Jordan's father no longer lis
This is a book I just could not put down. Well, ok, I put it down a couple of times but it was for things like eating and sleeping and going to the bathroom, all things us humans (especially the pregnant ones) need to do (a lot).

Anywho, what a page turner! I knew what was going to happen, protagonist Jordan knows what is going to happen, the whole world could see what was going to happen--and you just want to get to the implosion as fast as you can. Best part? Jordan is a very real character an
This is the second Deb Caletti book I've read. I wasn't impressed. Those that compare her to Sarah Dessen and Elizabeth Scott are mistaken.

One thing I've noticed about Caletti is that she has a tendency to ramble. Rambling isn't a bad thing. In fact, rambling can be a very good thing when used properly. But Caletti has a tendency to ramble about non-essential things that have nothing whatsoever to do with the plot. She'll introduce a minor character with a lot of exposition, then she'll forget
I first read this in the 7th grade, and I remember loving it. I frequently read it while walking to school and ended up walking into parked cars all the damn time.

Reread it as an almost-21 year old. My god was it infuriating. One, the fat jokes and incessant talking about 'sweaty, thick fingered, rolly-polly' girls where Jordan works is not only rude, it's incredibly insulting. Two, hot damn Caletti rambles on and on. I frankly don't care about that one time Jordan did blahblahblah when she was
This book had a great was very discriptive...but sometimes alittle too discriptive that she gets off point...I had to skim through some parts because they were so not important...also, the whole book was about build up of the ending which like the last chapter which kinda she made it all lead up to a boring ending...the ending could have been much much better...all in all...the book was ok, not great...I give it a 2.5 or so...
This was the 4th Deb Caletti book I have read. I found 'The Fortunes of Indigo Skye' at the library and was quickly hooked on Caletti as a writer.

The Queen of Everything is not Caletti's best. It is one of her earliest books, and the others I have read are much better. Caletti definitely has a gift for explanation and description. However, it is a little overkill in The Queen of Everything.

Caletti's style seems to be that she begins very slowly and then rushes through the end. In other stories,
This is the second Deb Caletti book I have read and while it was better than the first, I still don't like her writing as much as Sarah Dessen's. I'm really trying to like Deb Caletti because I saw her in person and she was lovely, but I think I just compare her too much to Dessen. Overall, this book had an interesting plot and and the main character was pretty likeable. This is probably a good book to recommend to a young teen girl.
Deb Caletti writes lovely prose, and captures so much really spot-on emotion in this book. I really enjoy YA books dealing with parents, for some reason, so this book was incredibly readable.

I am a bit worried that now I've read two of Caletti's books that featured the same sort of "bad boy" with similar reactions by the protagonists, but I was at least relieved in this book that a bad decision re: sex wasn't grounds for punishment.
Jordan MacKenzie had a normal life with her dad. He was an optometrist, big on rules and a much better fit for her than her hippie mother Claire and Claire's husband, Nathan. But when her father started dating Gayle D'Angelo, things changed...because Gayle was married. Jordan didn't agree with her dad's decision, and she certainly didn't like the way her father stopped acting like himself. And then things go from bad to absolute worst and Jordan has to figure out how to pick up the pieces.

This b
Bloody Yank
This was good..It got kind of graphic in some parts, but it wasn't bad. It was a tad bit slow getting into the story, but once it gets there it's quite interesting. Read it. (:
Mallorie G
I would recommend the book I am reading, The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti, to a friend because if you get embarrassed with your parents you could easily relate to this book. One example that kids can relate to is “People ask me all the time what having Vince MacKenzie for a father was like. What they mean is: Was he always crazy? Did he walk around the kitchen with an ice pick in the pocket of his flannel bathrobe every morning as he poured himself a cup of coffee,” (1). This is embarrassi ...more
Sana Noor
There is just something about Deb Caletti's novels that reel me in every time i pick them up. There is something in the words and the characters that makes you feel one with the novel and just connect. Just as i adore Sarah Dessen, i just about love Deb Caletti.

The Queen of Everything was definitely different from what i had read before. Jordan has to live with the fact that her father is going crazy when he starts having an affair with a married woman. She has her own problems as well, a douche
Jordan found her hippie mother to be a bit too "out there" so she decides she should live with her father. He's an optometrist, and very level-headed. At least, he used to be. Lately he's been acting a bit strange and Jordan thinks she knows the cause...Gayle D'Angelo. She's a married woman and her dad is in love. Jordan knows there's not a lot she can do about it since he is an adult, but she can tell that this is wrong. Besides that, Jordan is living a typical teenage life. She has an accident ...more
Deb Caletti's "The Queen of Everything" intrigued me from the very start. I can honestly say that it turned out to be one of my favorite novels, and succeeded my every expectation. "The Queen of Everything" is narrated by a teenage girl, Jordan, who appears to be living the epitome of regular 21st century life. Her parents are divorced, though her dad seems to be the more normal of the two. When Jordan discovers that her seemingly-sane father is having an affair with a woman he knows is married, ...more
The book is a re-telling of the summer Jordan's life changed.

It was a little hard to follow at first, with all the flashbacks here and there, and the long narratives that take quite a while to get to the point. The Queen of Everything has a slow buildup, very slow if i say so myself, that it's no wonder it took me almost a week to finish it. You just don't get hooked quite easily.

But i guess the long narratives meant to serve well. It built the foundation of the summer where Jordan's seemingly n
Angelica Porteria
Caletti’s purpose in writing her book, the Queen of Everything, is to let the audience know everyone deals with a struggle in their life. Jordan, the main character, happens to deal with a lot. It’s enough that random strangers ask Jordan “How is it like to have Vince MacKenzie as a father?” (pg 1) but she also has to deal with her father seeing other women. This book tells the audience that everyone deals with a problem in their life and we can’t give up. It has a lasting value because it influ ...more
Victoria Kastl
This book was easy to relate to because it is from the view of a teenage girl and what has happening in her life. The main character, Jordan, is living with her father and she finds out that he is "dating" a married woman. Jordan knows it is wrong so she tells he grandpa, and the day after she tells her grandpa he died. Jordan felt like it was her fault. While this is going on the "bad boy" at school likes her and keeps trying to date her. I liked this book and would suggest it to a friend.
3.5 stars I am a fan of Deb Caletti's books and this one was next in my quest to read all her books. I really liked it. This book had a lot of family drama that kept things moving along. Even though I had figured out the direction things were headed, it didn't affect how much I enjoyed it that much. I think what was different about this book was that the drama is centered around the adults rather than the main character. Although, Jordan was affected by everything that happened she was not the m ...more
This was another one that has been sitting on my bedside table for some time. I got it at a library book sale because I had read good things about the author, but in the meantime I read a couple of other books by her, one that I liked (The Nature of Jade) and one I didn’t (Honey, Baby, Sweetheart), and I lost interest. I would say that this one fell in between. She once again focuses on a female teenage protagonist who is trying to figure out her identity; this time the hook is that Jordan is w ...more
I have always enjoyed Deb Caletti's style of writing since I read Honey, Baby, Sweetheart a few years ago. She has a way of creating characters who, even though their stories are out of the ordinary, are easy to relate to and understand emotionally.

I immediately liked Jordan, and I enjoyed the story being told from her perspective. I felt that her telling was how a normal high school girl would tell the story of her father's illicit affair with a married woman. While she knew that the affair was
Jen Bojkov
Girl whose ordinary, ho-hum, optometrist father commits murder after stating an affair with a married woman. She thought she had traded a wacky, out-there existence with her hippie mom and her new husband for a more normal life with her father. Now she has to figure out who she is and how this all happened. This one has it's funny moments despite the serious themes.
As my first Deb Caletti book, The Queen of Everything got me hooked on her writing. I like how Deb Caletti slowly reveled details to the reader throughout the story - this way you weren't overwhelmed, could really absorb everything, and couldn't put the book down. A few eccentric characters and Jordan's narrative style provide entertainment in this novel, which is good because otherwise teens could've gotten frightened away by the seriousness of murder, mental health, and family drama. The first ...more
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This felt a lot longer than I think it actually was! I didn't really feel like I was properly into it until the last three or so chapters, when the backstory finally caught up to the "event", so to speak. I enjoyed/was interested in that aftermath - Jordan's running away - more than I was all of the build-up. I just think that personally, this wasn't really my type of book, though overall it was interesting enough! Just a little slower-paced than I would have liked.

Weirdly, I also found the sett
Sometimes it's just one little thing an author does that can compound and really taint a book for me (like the one Sarah Dressen book I read that constantly used the word "though")... That in mind, for whatever reason, I could not shake the feeling like the author had to put every fun/amusing/interesting insight she has ever had into this book. E.g., about how when men cook a meal they need people to tell them how great it was, but not so for a woman. These "insights" were everywhere in this boo ...more
I read this book awhile back when I was younger and I remember the cover caught my eye.

I enjoyed this book and it had a lot of family drama. At times this book embarrassed me with certain things that happened and my mum wasn't impressed (or am I getting this confused with 'Honey, Baby, Sweetheart), I am quiet sure this book was banned in a few countries. Although, I could be wrong.

Despite figuring out which direction this book was going to take, it did not effect how much I enjoyed it. Again the
It's not so much the character I enjoyed but Deb Caletti's writing and plot. I didn't really get "into" the book until around quarter way in. I feel like Caletti does add something to a teen read other authors can't provide. Though at the same time I feel lost in her characters. They are either flat or "annoyingly eccentric" (if that's even possible? But Kale shooting rabbits and having blood fly everywhere? Um, that scene was just sick) I felt the same way about this book as I did 'The Fortunes ...more
jordan mckenzie likes living with her father, a gentle optometrist, until he begins a relationship with a married woman. meanwhile, jordan is beginning her own rocky relationship with the class hunk/jerk, mostly to get out of the house. but she can't stop thinking about her friend melissa's older brother jackson, the island weirdo who plays the bagpipes. and her dad is acting weirder and weirder...

i believe this is caletti's debut, and it's a bit more sensational than her others. like "the six r
Wondering why I didn't read her books sooner. This is my 3rd book by this author and I'm loving them all, a lot. I think I heard this book got banned at one time but I could be wrong? If so I have no idea why. It was very interesting to read this story about a girl living with her dad. Who does something horrible. I hope I don't spoil by saying that. But that's the basics. Her mom and her dad are divorced and her mom is re-married but her dad isn't. I liked the pace of the book. And its an inter ...more
Tiana Nelson
omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this book had me shaking of every moment that i began reading.!!!!!!!!!!!! her life was so messed up and i loved that deb Caletti made everything all right even though her father is in jail. who would have thought that when u love someone so much u would kill to have them????? but what i think is that the woman had called him to kill her husband. and to imagine she said that she loved jordans father but she turns against him!!!!!!!!!!!! what a BITCH!!!!!!!!!!! she should die!! ...more
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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Story of Us,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her tenth book with Simon & Schuster, “The Last Forever,” released in April 2014. Her first book ...more
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