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Reviewed by Ashley Hubbard for Readers' Favorite
Felicia Farber's Ice Queen is a young adult novel that on the surface appears as many young adult novels do – there's some kind of arch-nemesis and some form of a love story. But, beneath the surface, Farber weaves a dynamic cautionary tale that teenagers in the modern world likely know all too well – dating in the digital age and cyberbullying. At Westberry High School, Krystal, also known as Ice Queen, has deduced her own caste system. You've got the elites in Class A where, of course, Krystal claims space. The protagonist, Blair, and her friends not only are in the low-Class C caste, but Krystal hates Blair with an extreme passion. David and Blair accidentally become friends and Krystal is not having it. What ensues is the aftermath including David and Krystal's breakup, Blair and David's relationship, insecurities from Blair on why David would want to be with her, and a horrible scheme that could change their lives forever.
Felicia Farber's Ice Queen is a suspenseful page-turner that takes on a heavy topic and places it into an engaging and suspenseful narrative to illustrate how dating in the digital age can come with unexpected consequences. Dating in the modern and digital age has some definite downsides including sexting and revenge porn. Child pornography laws, while incredibly important, haven't altered as technology and society have changed. Therefore, teenagers being teenagers and sending risque photos to their partners has led to them being charged with serious crimes. The characters are the perfect balance of loveable and the worst teenagers imaginable. Farber also includes prudent discussion questions to help facilitate conversations on this important topic.