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

5 Ratings: 2.4
a YA book by Melissa Kantor

Mrs. McBloom, clean up your room!"For nearly fifty years, that's been the refrain of janitors, principals, and students who enter the chaos of Room Five. Now the beloved Mrs. McBloom-who has taught nearly everyone in the town of Up Yonder, even … see full wiki

Tags: Young Adult Fiction, Fairy Tales, Fractured Fairy Tales
1 review about If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My...

Sweet and funny, a great beach read

  • May 23, 2009
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+3
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.
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