Thursday, June 20, 2013
Scholastic Press, 2013
YA Romance Fantasy
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Part of the reason I picked this book to read was Meg Cabot's endorsement although I have been led astray by similar endorsements. The other part is just the amazing sounding summary with three dresses changing the life of one young girl in unbelievable ways including an introduction to the charming Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne.
Long-time readers might be surprised by the specifics of what my favorite part was although the fact that I found it hilarious obviously explains why it was my favorite. What part was it? Well, it is Becky's best friend Rocher's inventively clever cursing. Yes, I said cursing as in profanity. I have never read such clever language and it really made me think of it as an art form almost. The unusual ways she phrased her thoughts (and the fact that it wasn't on every page) really pleased me.
I also really liked the way I was unable to predict all of the plot twists. Now I maybe should have been able to figure some things out but I didn't and instead just got to enjoy and gasp at some of the shifts. The ending sentence was also fantastic-something to refer back to when you remember how much high school sucked and how much better your life is now (at least that is my experience.)
My main complaint is a bit of a SPOILER so don't read if you want to preserve the mystery.
That reason is the way that Tom is dead (?) or holographic...I don't really know and I would have liked it more straightforward and explained. I don't understand how any of that worked and it left me frustrated rather than just being able to swallow what was offered.
Cover: Gorgeous ;) Love the red dress although I think it would have been interesting to see the red, white, and black dresses.
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