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Publisher's Summary

Nicola Lancaster is spending eight weeks at the Siegel Institute Summer Program for Gifted Youth, a hothouse of smart, articulate, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer) . . . and Battle. Battle Hall Davies is a beautiful blonde dancer, and everything Nic isn't. The two become friends-and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart?
©2001 Sara Ryan (P)2008 Penguin
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3 out of 5 stars
By Tony on 11-28-10

Story: Promising, Characters: Lacking

This was a cute 'lesbian awakening' or perhaps, 'bi awakening' since the main character never really decides on that one. The story itself was interesting, but I felt like the characters were lacking somewhat in emotional depth: or rather, that the emotion was not properly conveyed. There were several scenes where the main character was quite upset, but I didn't really feel sorry for her due to the way the story was written. Even though this was a young adult book, that didn't mean that the characters need be flat. I also felt as if the characters seemed younger than their ages (15-16) and that their attitudes felt them seem like younger people. People at this age tend to be extremely intense, at least from my experience, and the relationships and interactions felt pretty shallow and frivolous to me.
What's more, I had a lot of trouble with the narrator. While she did get into her work, the characters are supposed to be 15-16 and really she sounded more like a 12 year old. Her reading style made the few scattered curse words sound garishly misplaced. I this this contributed to the lack of emotional depth issue.
All that aside, it was a cute story, and someone else might very well love the narrator's way of conveying the story. I liked 'Annie on My Mind' much better, but I would still say this story is worth checking out if you don't have anything else in mind.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

About Empress of the World

Would you try another book from Sara Ryan and/or Lauren Davis?

I would try another book from Sara Ryan. She writes well about being a teenager.

What could Sara Ryan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book was definitely for kids. I was looking for intrigue or mystery

Which character – as performed by Lauren Davis – was your favorite?

Katrina was my favorite character.She wasn't afraid to live her life on her terms.

Was Empress of the World worth the listening time?

The story was well written, that made it easy to stick around to see what was coming next. it was quick, but seemed to end abruptly

Any additional comments?

Great book for those coming of age, but I wanted more intrigue.

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