Friday, December 16, 2011
If I have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's my Prince by Melissa Kantor
Wicked stepmother? Check. Evil stepsisters? Check. Miserable life? Check.
Lucy Norton’s life has all the makings of a Cinderella story. Her dad’s always away on business, leaving Lucy with her cruel stepmother and bratty stepsisters. She’s burdened with chores, and has a hard time fitting in at her new school. So when she sees Connor Pearson, the star player on the varsity basketball team, Lucy hopes her destiny has finally changed. With everything else going on in her life, doesn’t she at least deserve to get the handsome prince?
Melissa Kantor’s enchanting novel proves that sometimes the happy ending isn’t quite the one you’d expect. Lucy’s about to discover the truth about finding her real Prince Charming… and finding herself.
My thoughts: This was a cute story. Lucy's dad remarried, and then moved her across the country to live with her new stepmom and stepsisters. Her father didn't die, but he kept his job where they used to live, so he was only with them on the weekends. When he was home on the weekends, of course he wanted to spend time with his new wife. Lucy's stepmom decorated the whole house except for Lucy's basement bedroom. She only had an air mattress to sleep on, but she didn't have a closet or anywhere store her clothes. Of course, her younger twin stepsisters had everything they wanted.
Lucy didn't have any friends at her new school, but luckily she was really into art, so she did have somewhere to escape to. She also is very much into basketball, and when she accidently shows her knowledge and enthusiasm for the game, she catches the interest of one of the star High School basketball players. She then finds herself part of the in-crowd at school.
I did enjoy the book. It amused me that through most of the book, Lucy felt like she was living in the fairy tale. I did expect, though, that her new friendship with the popular girls was going to turn out to be some type of a joke or a dare. I loved the realizations that Lucy had towards the end of the story.
I did not like all the teenage drinking (which was heavy), and the language. All in all, a pretty good book.