Winning by Lara DelozaWinning by Lara Deloza


byLara Deloza

Hardcover | June 28, 2016

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Who ever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but Homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor into the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

Lara Deloza’s crackling depiction of a perpetually two-steps-ahead popular girl makes for a fun, wicked story with a protagonist that readers will love to hate.

Title:WinningFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:June 28, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062396692

ISBN - 13:9780062396693


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Disappointing! I was beyond belief excited when I heard about this "mean girls-esque" novel, and was already super hyping it up in my mind. I was even more excited when I realized that Lara Deloza is the author of True Confessions of A Hollywood Starlet, which is a book I've read over and over again. However, I can't even begin to describe how disappointed I was in this book. I understand that Alexandra was a horrible person, that was plain to see to anyone, and she definitely deserved to be knocked off of her high horse. My problem with this novel though, lies in the fact that Alexandra's home life was treated as a joke throughout the whole novel, despite the fact that she was living in a neglectful, and even slightly abusive, situation. My degree is in sociology, and the units we studied on child abuse stick with me even this many years later, and this book glossed over and humourized something that shouldn't have been the least bit funny. While I wanted to like this book, I just couldn't bring myself to, as I couldn't get past the parts where the whole town knew how Alex's mother acted towards her, and laughed it off, and did nothing to help whatsoever. I know fiction is fiction, and all books have problems, but this one bothered me personally, and I definitely couldn't recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great beginning but the rest was underwhelming I got sucked up in the story at the beginning, but then... it was utter chaos. Characters and relationships were underdeveloped; I didn't fully understand the motivation of some characters. I think the author tried to use a big scope, but it was too much for her to handle correctly. I liked the ending was too little too late
Date published: 2016-11-13

Editorial Reviews

“A queen bee and her hive, dissected.”