The Fiercest Chicken in the Bookstore

St. Charlie High Book 1

Young Adult - Romance
306 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2024
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Reviewed by Emma Saska for Readers' Favorite

The Fiercest Chicken in the Bookstore is a contemporary young adult romance by Kate Lexie about Callie Chittenden, her family’s struggling bookstore, and a fake dating arrangement she makes with Everett Goldwell III, one of the richest boys at school. Everett’s grandmother has announced she’s revising her will and will leave her fortune to whichever grandchild proves him or herself most worthy. To improve his party boy image, Everett offers Callie a deal: charm Grandma Mags and fake date him, and he’ll provide the $50,000 Callie needs to save her mother’s bookstore. Callie agrees, hoping their association will also improve her standing at school. The popular girl, Mila, has branded Callie a chicken for years, and in a town where image and money are everything, Callie struggles to make friends and withstand the bullying. So with their deal struck, Everett and Callie set out to secure some money and their new and improved personas.

Author Kate Lexie crafts relevant themes about personal growth and change. Everett displays a strong character arc from his first appearance to the end of the book. I was charmed by Callie and Raelyn’s friendship, through which personal growth, support, and honesty were all showcased. This is a well-paced book with the plot hitting all the right beats, from homecoming to town festivals, volunteering at various charities to family dinner at the Goldwells’ home. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. And of course, I couldn’t help but root for Callie and Everett; they bring out the best in each other. The writing style is approachable and casual, making this the perfect holiday read. Kasie West and Abby Glines fans will enjoy The Fiercest Chicken in the Bookstore, a delightful new take on the rich boy-poor girl and fake dating tropes.