Misunderstood – Secrets of a Teen Queen

‘Misunderstood – Secrets of a Teen Queen’ is not just another teen novel with a story to tell – It’s an alter-reality or a world of its own, if you will: a world of teen girlyness, scheming, fun, intrigues, travels, fashion, posh-a-liciousness and high-class society events – It’s all about who you are and who you know. The world of ‘Misunderstood’ draws you in behind the façade of Bel Air’s high-class society and lets you be part of it all…

‘Misunderstood – Secrets of a Teen Queen’ tells the story of Enya Utzon – A real Teen Queen, who knows how to walk the talk. The novel begins by giving the reader an insight into her destined future as an A-list movie star, who allegedly has it all – Except true happiness and real love!

As the daughter of a successful and busy business couple, she’s used to being left to herself and having to handle everything on her own. That is with the exception of her trusted maid, personal assistant, beauty stylist, tennis and yoga-trainer, health coach and dietitian. Enya Utzon truly is a filthy-rich Teen Queen, who lives her life accordingly and with all the luxuries that come with being that. The only question that rises is: Does all of it really lead to true happiness?

In the story, you follow Enya in her in many ways privileged and exciting life struggling to find true love, and to be recognized by the one man that her heart desires. Only problem is; unlike everyone else, he won’t spare her a look!

Life becomes even more problematic for Enya, when she starts receiving a series of mysteries texts that delete themselves shorty after being read. Then other unpredictable things happen reminding her of a past that she’s been trying to suppress and hide for three years. Furthermore, clues here and there pop-up; and after being totally humiliated, Enya is forced to take action and find out why these things are happening to her, and if they might have something to do with her shameful past. A past that now is back to haunt her present, and she has to do everything within her power to handle it. Enya Utzon is a true Teen Queen after all – and is not prepared to loose that title, even if she at times wishes to escape her title and role in life!


  • Step out of your world and into the Louboutins of a gal born into a lifestyle that influences every decision she makes. Reputation, class, and popularity are her mural code. Jump into her Porsche and take a ride on the wild side of life in upper class Los Angeles
    Appelusa McGlynn, Actress and World Champion Rollerskater (5/5 stars)
  • The young protagonist feels heartbreakingly authentic. And the sharp, crisp, writing by Anya Valentino with just the right touch of irony and satire lifts ‘Misunderstood – Secrets of a Teen Queen’ to a level above your average coming of age story
     Ray Simmons, Reviewer, Readers’ Favorite (4/5 stars)
  • I am deeply in love with this book! ‘Misunderstood – Secrets of a Teen Queen’ is not a normal fun and girly story that normally a bibliophile have read…
    – Natasha Ly, Blogger and Book Reviewer (4.8/5 stars)

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About the Protagonist Enya Utzon

Enya Utzon is a true Bel Air Teen Queen. She’s filthy rich, is super-popular, knows everyone who’s anyone, a reel Bel Air Diva, a Fashionista, a true Jetsetter, and she has everything anyone could possibly desire – Or does she?

From the beginning, Enya struggles just to be “allowed” to be, who she really is. As a girl on everyone’s lips, she’s expected to play her part as Queen to the letter on every level.
Even in her love life, she can’t be perceived to be together with anyone else but her male counterpart, Michael. The fact that her heart belongs to someone else seems irrelevant and surreal to everyone in her life including her closest girlfriends and James, the guy, who has stolen her heart. But the truth is that she feels like she has found the perfect man in James. He’s the only one, who truly understands her and complements her personality on a level, where she’s just “misunderstood” by everyone else in her life. James gives her butterflies and a feeling like no other guy does – Only problem: He Doesn’t love her back! – Or does he just not want to give into it?

As a Danish-American, Enya is the perfect embodiment of the diversity and culture clash between Denmark and America – LA, to be more exact! With LA representing being all about who you are, what you look like and who you know or are associated with, versus Denmark representing a more grounded side having to be you for you; nothing more or nothing less than anyone else.
But is it possible to be both at the same time and can these personality sides help Enya or prevent her in her pursuit for true love in a world of deception? That is the question…
Or that is how Enya Utzon struggles in a world where she’s completely and utterly “Misunderstood”.


Making the Cover

It’s a Sunday afternoon like any other on Melrose in West Hollywood as the photographer, Appelusa McGlynn, gets ready for todays shoot. Appelusa is a world champion roller skater and actress known for skating in and choreographing numerous commercials, films, music videos and television shows. Most recently she skated as ‘Pinky the Ghost’ in a life size Pacman game for a Bud Light Superbowl commercial, and in Chet Faker’s music video ‘Gold’ named top 5 music video of 2014 by Entertainment Weekly, nominated in 2015 for a VMA alongside Beyoncé and is the current show on Virgin Atlantic Flights.

Appelusa does a few test shots, as then the gorgeously long-legged blonde actress and model known as Maliabeth Johnson walks down Melrose Avenue ready for today’s photo shoot. The up-and-coming blonde TV-darling has appeared in TV shows like ‘How I Met Your Mother’, ‘CSI:Miami’, ‘Cougar Town’ and ‘The Finder’. Most recently, she appeared in the seventh season of ‘Mad Men’ next to the notorious ‘Don Draper’ also known as actor, Jon Hamm, and featured in the Hollywood Reporter.

The sun is set high in the LA sky like always as Maliabeth starts posing and embodying the character Enya Utzon, the main character of the upcoming e-book ‘Misunderstood – Secrets of a Teen Queen’. Despite the fact that Maliabeth unluckily has the flu that day, she does an incredible job embodying the character and after a few outfit and style changes, the shoot is a wrap. What a day, going from a so-called “blank canvas” to seeing the book and the story line take its shape by TV-darling and model, Maliabeth Johnson, and the artistic eye of the talented photographer, Appelusa McGlynn. Applause to the both of them for a job well done!

See more photos by Appelusa McGlynn here and check out her SAG-AFTRA site here
Read more about Maliabeth Johnson and her credits as an actress here