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Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
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Jun 23, 2009

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bookshelves: young-adult, glbtq
Read in June, 2009

A solid first novel about young (queer) love with a minimum of angst.

Empress of the World is a fairly short book about teenagers at a summer institute for the gifted. I liked the lack of angst the teens showed about most stuff - it was there, but minimized - the interplay of one character trying to "figure out" the other one, and the setting. It was realistic without being boring.

I wasn't sure why the characters had to be super gifted. They didn't seem particularly smarter or more precocious than any other teenagers I've read about, and I wasn't sure how it helped the plot or character development any. Of course maybe that was the point - that no matter how smart a kid is, they are still going to go through the same things as everyone else and be emotionally lost. Or maybe it's an easier explanation for the setting than summer school for "scholastically challenged" kids.

Now I'm starting on Ryan's Rules for Hearts, so we'll see how the sequel of sorts measures up.
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