• I really love Annie. She’s whip smart and hilarious.
  • So how exactly is Henry going to get rid of Lina AKA Catalina AKA Catherine of Aragon AKA The Spanish Princess.
  • All the pranks they pulled at camp seriously remind me of the Life and Death Brigade from Gilmore Girls–and not always in the best way.
  • Wait, second girlfriend? So Lina isn’t is first? Or are we counting “first” by the events of the book? THIS IS A HENRY THE VIII RETELLING IT DEMANDS 6 GIRLFRIENDS
  • Okay so they’re just emptying out bottles into a dumpster?
  • Wait, oh my gosh. So he’s basically undoing all Katie’s work just because some people are talking?? HOW IS ANNIE OKAY WITH THIS?
  • I had to have a tab open on my computer with all the wives in Henry the VIII’s life so I could remember who was who and in what order.
  • I always assumed the MC would be like the first or last of Henry’s wives. But it’s Anne of Cleves who everyone seems to weirdly forget about? And it’s kind of weird that she’s already dated Henry. Are they going to team up and defeat them??
  • THEY HAVE A TOWER THAT REPRESENTS THE TOWER OF LONDON OMFG
  • Her Gossip Girl reference I die slowly, yet laughing
  • It’s kind of interesting that Parker and Annie are in good terms and like hang out because based on the first scene in Hampton they really didn’t seem all that chummy. But maybe I misjudged Parker.
  • This Annie seriously makes me question if I overlooked the real Anne because her marriage was so short. Like maybe she was hilariously funny and Henry the VIII was just too old and decrepit (but mostly his health was starting to fail him) to appreciate it. Annie (book not real life) seems like the kind of person I could totally hang with. She’s got a very bluntness and dryness I dig.
  • This book is like hilariously laugh out loud funny.
  • Katie’s keys are in the dashboard? Hmmm sounds like another scheme just went down, this time without Annie. Does that mean Cat Parr has made her move?
  • There’s a lot of girl solidarity in this book and I really dig it.
  • STOP THE PRESSES—both Anna AND George are dead?? I thought it was just Anna and then George like… went to college? But I guess they were twins… and then also Parker dates George? Wow what a mess.
  • Based on the actual King Henry the VIII and also how wild this book is I’m calling it now, Henry did it and planted Anna Boleyn’s necklace
  • Henry Henry Henry (the VIII and book) please STOP FLIRTING WITH EVERYONE (including your exes) WHEN YOU’RE IN A MONOGAMOUS COMMITTED RELATIONSHIP.
  • How ironic is it that Jane Seymour was also Anne Boleyn’s lady in waiting? Which is not exactly the same but secretary/book keeper in a hospital is definitely as close as you can get in modern times.
  • Wait, did Annie not tell anyone Anna called her and said her necklace is missing?
  • So there is going to be some kind of falling out. I mean I don’t want to have to think that Katie is cheating… but tbh that’s how it looks…
  • I’M SO GLAD I DIDN’T GO TO ANY PARTIES IN HIGH SCHOOL. Walking over a rusty drain pip (above a flowing river) is definitely something I would have been a “party pooper” about.
  • Scenes like when Annie is (briefly) comforting Henry about Katie makes me really wonder what Annie and Henry the VIII’s relationship was really like.
  • Wow, off with her head indeed… How does a major newspaper not catch wind of this town???
  • Okay, I mean I love an ambitious witch like anyone, but Cat Parr going out with (okay we can assume Homecoming was at the very earliest late September, and it’s after Thanksgiving so) Henry two months after Katie’s death is seriously screwed up.
  • I LOVE that she started a rogue newspaper. Annie is the best.
  • Parker is wild. But I guessed this from the beginning. Henry totally did it.
  • Cat Parr. Holy shit. She’s a beast.
  • $100 says Henry hacked Dead Queens. I mean OF COURSE it’s Henry.
  • She used her BIRTHDAY as her password for universe’s sake.
  • Based on the gossip sesh with Eustace, it’s DEFINITELY Henry. Also she kind of told everyone with that post she published right before Erin and Cat picked her up??
  • Wait so it’s Parker that hacked her account? I still don’t really understand why…
  • Henry is totally guilty. I KNEW IT.
  • Annie’s not 100 percent convinced Henry did it, but Parker makes a convincing case.
  • Wait, but Parker doesn’t exactly look innocent. I mean she totally is scheming!
  • WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THIS SMALL TOWN???
  • Okay but as a journalist I’m deeply offended she hasn’t looked at public sheriff records. The public records would be released to the public.
  • Henry definitely seems innocent now??? After their rendezvous at the Lake House, I mean it totally looks like he just got caught up in all of this and Parker is the wild child.
  • I seriously had concerns about Parker and what was going to happen and up in the attic.
  • Thank goodness it was Henry. I mean… that came out wrong.
  • SERIOUSLY ANNIE WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ANYONE ANNA BOLEYN TEXTED YOU AND SAID HER NECKLACE WAS MISSING
  • 8/10—I seriously thought about this book for a full week after finishing it. I love the ending and it was wildly hilarious. I was full on laughing at parts and I loved how obscure, yet perfect the retelling is. It was a bit slow, but it was so funny I honestly didn’t mind. I can’t wait for Capin’s next book!
    • I think there are some valid criticisms, namely that Annie was more feminist in word than deed. But I also kind of disagree with that in some respects. There were a lot of small instances (waterbottle incident notwithstanding) where Annie stands up for Anna and Katie despite the evidence. Also, who’s perfect in high school? She’s way less problematic than I was—self-reflection is important, everyone.
    • I think the ending that Henry was really the one who did everything, who gaslighted and manipulated and was responsible for everything is kind (very belated) justice and a small victory for Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Catherine, and Catherine. They’re the subject of study and scrutiny just because of who they married. And more than half of them died or were cast aside just because there was a complete and total lack of trust and also a lot of hypocrisy in their husband.
    • I do think the way the deaths were handled was kind of flippant, that was also mentioned as a criticism—but in a retelling like this, that’s not examining grief, I’m not super bothered by it. Maybe that makes me a little callous. You can draw your own conclusions.