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Cassie Howard truly believes that every human being on earth is born with one special talent. Unfortunately, hers is taking second place. No matter how hard she tries, she’s always second best . . . in school, in life, and especially in love.
When Cassie discovers new-boy-in-town Kevin Matthews, she wants him on sight. But so does Sterling Carter, a ridiculously beautiful preppy princess and Cassie’s enemy since freshman year. Sterling is the kind of girl who always gets it all, and Cassie . . . isn’t. Is there any point even trying when the first fifteen years of Cassie’s life have proven she’s doomed to fail? Can the Queen of Second Place ever truly win?
With fresh determination and the support of friends whose not-so-glorious talents range from parking cars to whistling, Cassie sets out to capture Kevin’s heart and make herself first . . . at last.
“Suspenseful and often witty, this book makes losing by a hair seem almost fun.” —Publishers Weekly
“Roberts clearly takes the crown for this witty and inventive offering.” —School Library Journal
“Light and funny.” —Booklist
“The Queen of Second Place hits a home run.” —San Diego Union–Tribune
Florida Teens Read List
Young Adult Sequoyah Masterlist
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Let’s just be clear on one thing: this wasn’t about the dance.
It was never about the dance. But now Sterling had me. If Kevin didn’t ask me to the formal, I was going to look like the world’s biggest loser. Worse, if he asked her, I was going to be the world’s biggest loser. I’m pretty much used to coming in second, but coming in second to Sterling Carter is more than any human being should be asked to bear. I promised myself I wouldn’t let that happen.
A girl has to draw the line somewhere.
Anyone who has had to settle for second best will identify with narrator Cassie Howard, a high school sophomore with a drawer full of second-place ribbons. Cassie's biggest triumph would be to win a date to the Snow Ball with new student Kevin Matthews before her nemesis, "Fourteen-karat Carter" (Sterling Carter, a girl who is used to coming in first) claims him for her own. Most of Cassie's schemes to get noticed by Kevin backfire, creating a trail of disasters not quickly remedied. Getting herself out of awkward pickles soon proves to be as great a challenge to Cassie as her goal win Kevin's heart. Written in energetic first-person narrative, Roberts's (the Clearwater Crossing series) novel features a host of one-of-a kind characters, all of whom possess a special "talent." Cassie's best friend Hayley can whistle really loudly, Quentin can always find an empty space in a parking lot, no matter how full it seems, and Fitz has a knack for choosing the line that takes the longest ("maybe it will come in handy if he ever had to choose a line for something bad. Like a firing squad"). Suspenseful and often witty, this book makes losing by a hair seem almost fun. Ages 12-up.