Narrator Cassandra Morris, winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, connects from the start with mean girl protagonist Chelsea Halloway. Chelsea is dealing with the aftermath of being dumped by her boyfriend for the geekiest girl in school and her parents' messy divorce when she is forced to take a study trip to Cambodia. Listeners will find themselves warming up to Chelsea as her group ends up in trouble with a drug lord, and it seems like she's their best hope for getting out of it. Morris gets behind Chelsea's snarky mask, exposing her indifference and arrogance as an attempt to cover up her insecurities, and also showing her tentative steps towards inner growth.
I take no prisoners.... I'm Chelsea Halloway and I will happily destroy your social life if you mess with me. Just ask anyone. There is no situation I can't handle. Divorcing parents? No problem. An ex-boyfriend who wants to date Smith High School's biggest geek instead of me? Just a matter of time before I can make him see reason. At least, until my parents decide to ship me off on a study abroad trip to Cambodia....
Now instead of being admired as the queen of the Notables, I'm stuck with a bunch of college students who don't take me seriously, and a professor who accidentally landed himself on the wrong side of a drug lord. And it's up to me to get us all out of the country alive - even the annoying jerk with the green eyes who won't stop calling me "princess".
Oh yeah, what could possibly go wrong?