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The Compulsive Reader: If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor


When Lucy's father remarries, she's moved cross-country into her new stepfamily's home. She's shuffled into the basement where she has no furniture (stepmom Mara is "looking for the perfect furniture" still), and has to endure the Princesses, twin twelve year olds who constantly disparage Lucy's lack of style, and is a complete loner at school. Things couldn't be worse.

But then Connor Pearson begins to notice her, and they connect through their shared love of basketball. Slowly Lucy begins making new friends, and it feels as if things are looking up, despite her less than ideal family situation. But is Connor Lucy's Prince Charming?

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince is a quick and easy read with plenty of humor, romance, and excitement. Kantor portrays the family drama in the novel quite well, highlighting the frustrations and struggle that stepfamilies face, which plays into the Cinderella theme. But despite the play on words, that's about as far at the book wanders toward the fairy tale. Lucy's story can easily stand on her own as she makes new friends, explores her artistic talents, and struggles to be the daughter her father expects her to be. Though the resolution of the book is a bit cheesy, it will satisfy readers. If I Have A Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince makes a nice, fun summer read.

Cover Comments: I like the purple color scheme, and the font. The sparkly star is unexpected and a really neat touch in that it really stands out. I also like how the fluffy dress brings in the fairy tale element, but the converse shoes keep it modern.

12 comments:

pirate penguin said...

this sounds cute. :)
everytime I go to the library, I pass right by this book...I think I might just check it out now.

Belle said...

Great review. I love the title. I definitely need to check this one out.

Shalonda said...

This is one of my all-time favorite books. It is so much fun!

Glad you reviewed it!

katie said...

Great review! I read this book a year or so ago and I loved it. I can't wait to read more of Melissa Kantor's books.

a flight of minds said...

Nice review. :) I read this book a while ago and liked it quite a bit. It's very cute!

- Alex

ilonga said...

awww this sound so cute. I would love to read this ^^

Kate said...

This sounds like a fun read :)
Great review :)

~JoRdAn~ said...

I read this book a couple years ago and I thought it was adorable :) It was amazing.

Ms. Yingling said...

Have you read Kantor's newest book, Girlfriend Material? It is my new favorite!

Nikki said...

good review :] i am going to have to check it out! great job on this site, btw

yabooknerd said...

A REALLY fun read. It always goes out soon when I highlight it here at the library.

bookmania said...

Oh. i read this one. its a good book.i loved the ending. it was soo hopeful. awesome review.=]