by Erin McCahan
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars.
For the first 3/4 of this book, I was wondering what the problem was. It seemed like the kind of book I used to enjoy in early high school, ie before I realized that conflict is more reflective of true human experience and perfect is boring. The first 3/4 of the book focuses on how perfect Bronwyn’s life and new boyfriend are. But then it’s like the author gets real and inserts real life stuff. The fairy tale ends but miraculously the princess survives. Problems are sorted out, the heroine grows muchly as a person, and in the end things come full circle. The ending was open to imagination but definitely leading in a very tidy direction, a bit too tidy for my liking but that’s fiction for ya. A great escape into someone else’s perfect life – as long as that doesn’t depress you about your own life not being perfect.
One other thing of note: the heroine is religious – grew up in a small town in western Michigan and planning to attend a local religious (real-life) college – and is firm but not annoying in her desire to wait to have sex until marriage. Her boyfriend follows the same beliefs, so while they have a brief conversation about it, he is supportive. It was interesting to read a teen book in which abstinence is discussed and adhered to, though probably not in the most realistic of ways (though her ex-boyfriend at the beginning of the book earns his “ex” status by trying to force her to have sex with him, which I thought was more realistic than the second guy).