Empress of the World: 08/20/11
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan was a wishlist book given to me by a fellow Bookcrosser ages ago. It sat on my shelf for a good couple of years until I made the commitment to read my wishlist books.
Nicola Lancaster is at the Siegel Institute Summer program to study archeology. She quickly hooks up with a group of friends but doesn't expect to fall for one of them. Nor does she expect it to be a girl!
Empress of the World is a quiet and thoughtful book with comedic moments and gut wrenching ones too. The group dynamics of Nic and her classmates feels real. None of them are perfect; they are flawed, moody, goofy teenagers.
There's a sequel out called Rules of Hearts. It was published in 2007. Based on the strength of Empress of the World I have added it to my wishlist.