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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Princess For Hire by: Lindsey Leavitt

Princess For Hire
by: Lindsey Leavitt

When a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know, like, now if you’d like to become a substitute princess, do you

a) run
b) faint
c) say Yes!

For Desi Bascomb, who’s been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C–that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don’t know? Or when a princess’s conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off–and you know she would want you to change his mind?

In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl’s dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.

Rating: B+

I knew I would like this book. The summary sounded cute and fun, plus it involved princesses and if we're being entirely truthful I have yet to give up on the hope that I may just be one secretly. You know - minus the bad attitude and fashion sense.

I didn't expect though to love this book and devour it! It was so much fun to read and I completely adored it.

The book takes you behind the scenes into some situations that involve royalty, the good, the bad, and the ugly, but the main character Desi strives to help the girls she is stationed to be by doing things they may not be courageous enough to go through with themselves. She wants to help them despite what the consequences may be which is really my favorite part of the novel.

Desi reminds me of me at the age of fourteen. I was completely obsessed with Audrey Hepburn (she's still my favorite actress) and old movies were the only things to be found in my DVD player. This aspect of her really, really triggered some memories I had forgotten and every movie reference within the book had me dying with happy laughter and nods of agreement.

I found the idea to be original. I have read many books about princesses and becoming princesses but the idea of an agency that pays you to pretend to be a princess for a few days is awesome and makes me really wish I had some MP in me so I could join in.

Rest assured I will be scanning my Newspaper for adds from now on.

This book is on the line between Middle Grade and YA, but Desi was mature in her actions and I really, really enjoyed reading about her.

I loved Desi's world and her hilarious fiasco's. I can't wait to visit the Facade Agency world again!



Savannah said...

A princess story how fun! Cool review. I'll put this on my TBR list.

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