Published by Entangled: Teen on March 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Hidden or Mistaken Identity, High School, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback
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At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…
Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.
Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.
Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.
The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.
Congrats to Casey Griffin on her new release, Secrets of a Reluctant Princess! (Released March 7, 2017). I’m happy to be one of the stops on the Secrets of a Reluctant Princess blog tour, hosted by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours, and now off to my review of this story where one is reminded it is always important to stay true to yourself.
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin is a YA contemporary novel that, for me, was reminiscent of stories like that of Disney’s Princess Diaries, the movie Mean Girls, or even the 80’s movie Teen Witch.
Adriana “Andy” Bottom is having her world turned completely upside down. Her family has moved from Seattle, WA to Beverly Hills, CA to be the newest reality TV family thanks to her father’s successful bathroom accessory business. She’ll be the Porcelain Princess. After being bullied in school due to her father’s business, Andy isn’t looking forward to being the new butt of everyone’s jokes in a brand new school. After a horrific first day of school, with a tv film crew to capture every second of it, it seems there is no avoiding the bullying she tried to escape from at her old school. However, it seems that being a reality tv “princess” may change that for her: she just has to be ruthless and everything she’s not.
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess is descriptive and Andy as a narrator definitely pulls you in. She is relatable in her desire to be accepted, as well as, her hope to please everyone and desire to be herself. I also loved Kevin, a sketch artist and comic-lover who spends his Sundays LARPing with his friends, as the love interest. He’s a sweet hero who is caring and kind to Andy from the start when they first meet at his uncle’s shop. My favorite scenes are between Andy and Kevin, especially when they were LARPing or when they are getting to know each other. I liked that Ms. Griffin included details about LARPing, a sub-culture that is not mentioned widely in novels, and we got to learn more about it through Andy as she joined in it for the first time herself.
What slowed the story for me at times while reading was how over-the-top some parts felt, especially in regards to the mishaps and misunderstandings that happen to Andy. There seemed to be a few too many, and it made her relationship with Kevin turn rocky when it didn’t need to in my opinion. The ending makes up for any slowness. Once Andy gets her head on straight, so to speak, she really begins to take charge and you’ll have to read the story to find out what happens.
Overall, the novel was enjoyable with a clear message that it is always important to be true to yourself. I would recommend to anyone looking for a fun and light novel to read.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review.)
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