Monday, November 17, 2014
Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin
Bianca is the Westgate Prep quarterback’s sister—and that’s her only claim to fame. When her friends’ social experiment turns her into the It Girl of the Sopho-more class and she captures the attention of the most popular guy in her grade, though, she’s ecstatic to introduce the world to her first boyfriend. But no one’s ever told her what to do when her friends hate her boyfriend and Prince Charming starts acting like a control-freaky nightmare. It doesn’t help that being around her brother’s best friend is making her head all fuzzy, either.
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This isn’t so much a review as a standing ovation and slow clap in the authors direction.
I want to APPLAUD - throw confetti - hug & kiss Ella Martin for showing what really happens when you date a controlling boy because he’s unbelievably hot. Hallelujah for not having yet another YA where the guy is controlling and abusive but misunderstood only to be saved by a girl that just hangs in there long enough to save him with her love.
She did a great job of hitting all the points where a girl might be taken in by it all and even cover/lie for him. Ultimately, Bianca made the difficult - but right choice with the support of her friends and family.
This actually reads a little young for YA - Bianca is 15 years old but I think that's great. She's an excellent example for young girls who are just starting to date and faced with choosing boys over friends. It's a lighter kind of story even taking into account the subject matter but it will help get the message across without banging someone over the head with it.
I think the secondary romance wasn't written or developed quite as well but this was a great positive story about dating, growing up, friendships and first love.