1) Why Milan was being so rude?!
2) Will Jamie win Danny?
3) Who will win the Pumpkin Princess?
And Kristina Springer was brilliant in how she developed her plot because she scaffolded her reveal of each of these questions throughout the last third of the book. I also think she played on our nation's fascination and distaste of Hollywood starlets by making Milan fit the stereotypical profile. It made the emotions more instantaneous, because who wouldn't root for a hard working all American girl vs. a Hollywood starlet?
Although I zoomed through this book, I was disappointed in some of the minor characters and their development. I would have loved to have the book be 50 pages longer so that Jamie's friendships and crush could have been built up more. I also was slightly unhappy with the ending, but I am not going to discuss it because of spoilers.
Now, I do not see Just your Average Princess being used in a classroom, but I can see the book being loved by many a teenage girl who will be sitting in their room eating the book up.
Read With: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Paradise by Jill S. Alexander, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Not that Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian
Snatch of Text:
"I stay in the storybook barn for the rest of the afternoon avoiding Milan. I read Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Shel Silverstein, and Kevin Henkes to the kids. And I do feel a bit better. You can't be in too foul a mood after reading Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse three times." (p. 70)
Topics: Romance, Future, Dreams, Family