Title & Author: The Princesses of Iowa
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 442 pages
Release Date: May 8, 2012
SYNOPSIS: (According to my husband, who has NOT read the book — see how well he listens to my bookish ramblings)
Some girls that call themselves princesses get drunk at a party and end up in a bad car accident. The one girl ends up with a cane, but is still really mean. The main character has a crappy boyfriend that cheats on her with the crippled girl, but it’s okay because she meets some other guy that changes her into a nice girl. Lots of drinking, high schoolers and crazy times. Fun!
BOOK ROCK BETTY BREAK DOWN:
- THE KISSING – There are some kissing scenes…. but don’t get too excited. This was definitely not an epic love story. Alcohol and kissing don’t do much for romance. I don’t know about you, but a kiss that tastes like teeth, yes you read that correctly… TEETH doesn’t really turn me on. Maybe I’m missing out, who knows.
- THE SWOONING - Wait, what??? Book Rock Betty read a book that didn’t make her swoon?? The cat is out of the bag. Let’s see– we’ve got the drunk a-hole named Jake that says things like “Fuck!” and “Maybe the problem is that I’m too much man, if you know what I mean…” multiple times throughout the book. Yeah, not really my thing. Then we’ve got the nerdy writer dude, Ethan that everyone thinks is a freshman for half the book. He was sweet, genuine and kinda mysterious, but he just wasn’t enough for me. I liked his character, but we are talking SWOON here! The swooniest, most captivating guy in the book was the substitute teacher Mr. Tremont, but he was gay for goodness sakes, so not even a chance for me there. Catch my drift? This book was quite SWOONLESS. :(
- THE SWAGGER – I enjoyed the writing. I didn’t necessarily love the characters, but they were so real! I went to high school with these losers. It’s depressing to think about, but yes, people do act like this. M. Molly Backes did an awesome job capturing their voices and showing how insane High School drama can be. She kept building the tension until everything just kinda spiraled out of control. I liked the way Paige’s thoughts were woven into the writing. I was able to see how her actions didn’t always reflect how she was truly feeling. I could feel the pressure she experienced and how impossible it seemed to make good decisions. As the story progressed there was a gradual shift as her feelings began to dominate her actions. Oh, best of all– it was funny! There were so many little comments made by characters that just fit the moment so perfectly that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
- THE OH SNAP! - 1. The play by play of the accident is revealed throughout the story– even Paige is shocked by what she remembers. 2. Paige’s Mom is the worst Mom on the face of the earth. 3. All friends in high school should be as cool as Shanti. 4. It’s not a series!!!! :)
- THE UMMM WHAT?? - 1. A kiss is described as tasting like TEETH and this is supposed to be a good thing. 2. Since when do girls wear high heels to high school?? 3. There is a scene that escalates to potential date rape, yet nothing is even mentioned after it happens. 4. Jake jumps on the stage and has a “moment” with Paige after her speech. No one would ever do something like that. Total cheese.
- THE ROCK: Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette
I went into this with a negative attitude, but it really surprised me! It was not a GREAT book, but I liked it. It was very predictable as it showed the journey of a typical high school “princess” that finally gives a decent person the time of day… She is awakened to how meaningless her life has been and gradually changes, making the effort to stop the cycle. I could easily put myself in her shoes. I had a lot of ups and downs in that phase of life, so I totally got it. It was much more enjoyable being a spectator! People are such idiots, and M . Molly Backes depicted that so well. It is inspirational and has a good message. Sometimes it only takes one teacher, or one good friend to change your whole life. People can change and even the means girls might be worth the effort.
“I wanted to be the kind of girl who drank black coffee and didn’t take shit from anyone.”
RATING: Middle Shelf (hard to believe considering I can’t get the taste of teeth out of my mouth)