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The Queen of Everything

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,462 Ratings  ·  125 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 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
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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,
May 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
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...
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 04, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Bloody Yank
May 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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. (:
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I would highly recommend actual young adult, particularly teenagers do not read this book. Jordan is the absolute archetype of what young women shouldn't be: Unnecessarily cruel without knowing it, selfish while touting her selflessness, and stupid and reckless. This isn't necessarily a bad thing in YA literature, unless the character fails to recognise their weakness and make steps towards growth or resolution.

Even by the last pages, Jordan had absolutely failed to identify any of her weakness
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: total-miss
I'm so glad I finally finished it. This is the second Deb Caletti book I read and already I have the feeling that her books are a hit or miss kind. And this, this was a huge miss.

The way Deb Caletti writes is unique. It's all over the place. Details seem out of place and sometimes serve no purpose at all. I was reading a sneak peak of Honey Baby Sweetheart and it reminded me of how she jumps from one thing to another. It's exactly what happened in The Queen of Everything. The story does not flo
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mir fehlte etwas Struktur, das Ende war sehr vorhersehbar und ich konnte mich einfach nicht mit Jordan identifizieren. Teilweise sehr langatmig, so dass ich Passagen übersprungen habe udn froh war, dass ich irgendwann damit durch war.
Sophie Chritton
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading The Queen of Everything by Deb Caletti has taught me many things, and among them I've learned a message: sometimes all you need is an adventure. Through the eyes of Jordan Mackenzie, I've also learned what it's like to lose someone, be lost, and find your way again. This exciting yet sometimes slow book has so many intricate parts that come together and answer all the questions and thoughts the author has left the reader with by the end. Reading thris novel was a great reading journey a ...more
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
Angelica Porteria
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whoa! This was a hopping book. So many levels of characters. I'm finding a pattern in Caletti's books where her main characters originally have horrible "boyfriends" that they use in some way to better themselves.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2012
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
Sana Noor
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
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
Mallorie G
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Amanda - Books & Felines
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
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Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, e-read, america, crime, runaways
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
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Moe like 3.5 Stars.

Much better than the first book I read by Caletti, but still lacking what I was looking for. I was told by several people to read Caletti's books since I'm such a huge Sarah Dessen fan, but Caletti doesn't seem to have the same magic for me.

One of my problems is that she essentially tells the problem in the first page of the story (AKA "my father killed a man") and then reverts back and starts to tell the story. I already know what we're building up to, so I'm not as interest
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly Martinez
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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