The title and cover sort of say it all, don’t they? If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? is definitely a “chick” book. It might as well have a pink cover. (It’s lavender. Close enough.) If you’re looking for a quick, extremely light, somewhat predictable read, this is the book for you. It’s a nice bit of brain candy after you’ve read something really heavy. (Think of it as the dessert after a huge meal.)
Lucy Norton’s life is a lot like Cinderella’s. Her father’s remarriage has uprooted her from everything she’s ever known. She has a new home where she feels like a guest…if not the hired help. She has a stepmother and two stepsisters who only acknowledge her to criticize something. Her father is largely absent from her life. She has no friends. (At least Cinderella had some furry woodland creatures to keep her company.) And she’s got a crush on the most popular guy in school (the handsome prince, if you will). How can her fairy tale ever become reality when her life sucks so much?
As you’ve probably guessed, things turn around for Lucy pretty quickly. Two girls befriend her after it becomes obvious that Lucy’s dream guy might just see her as his dream girl. All of a sudden, Lucy is the popular girl she’s always wanted to be. Sure, her life at home is still total crap, but at least her social life is booming, right? Right? She’ll just ignore the little voices in her head that tell her that the perfect guy may not be the perfect guy for her. Join Lucy as she learns that the fairy tale isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After all, what would Cinderella have done if Prince Charming turned out to be kind of a butthead?
If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? may not be the greatest thing to hit YA literature, but female readers, particularly those in grades 7 to 10, will enjoy this light read. The book was released in 2005, so I’m betting that a lot of teen girls have already picked this one up. If not…well, maybe I’ve done a little to get one or two people to escape into this story.
If you’d like more information about this book or others by author Melissa Kantor, you can visit her website at http://www.melissakantor.com/.