- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (May 8, 2012)
- ISBN-10: 0763653128
- Author: M. Molly Backes
- Cover Art: I really like it, it's different then anything I've seen before.
- Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars
- Obtained: Sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a review.
The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
Review by Moirae the fates book reviews.
What does it mean to do wrong, when no one punishes you? A smart and unflinching look at friendship, the nature of entitlement, and growing up in the heartland.
Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She's pretty, rich, and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash , everything changes. Her best friends start ignoring her, her boyfriend grows cold and distant, and her once-adoring younger sister now views her with contempt. The only bright spot is
her creative writing class, led by a charismatic new teacher who encourages students to be true to themselves. But who is Paige, if not the homecoming princess everyone expects her to be? In this arresting and witty debut, a girl who was once high-school royalty must face a truth that money and status can't fix, and choose between living the privileged life of a princess, or owning up to her mistakes and giving up everything she once held dear. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
When I first heard about this book I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I was so excited when I got a review copy. At first I had a hard time getting into this book as it started off slow for me. However, once I got past the slow bits the book really took off.
I really enjoyed the book and I would highly recommend it. I would say it's one for older teens though just due to it's content. The book has a powerful message at it's core and the delivery was strong, yet not heavy handed.
It's a book that will make the reader think once they have finished reading it, it makes you stop and really reflect on your life and reflect on society as a whole. I thought the characters meshed very well together and Backes did a wonderful job in grabbing the readers attention. I am looking forward to reading more of her work in the future.
This title vaguely reminded me of Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard, it could be more the cover art that makes me draw that comparison though. I really enjoyed this book and would encourage everyone to pick up a copy when it comes out May 8th.