Grade 6–8—Readers still lamenting the conclusion of Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" (HarperCollins) will eagerly embrace this first volume in the adventures of Desi Bascomb. The 15-year-old is stuck in Sproutsville, ID, where she is tormented by her ex-best friend, Celeste, and is working a miserable job at Pets Charming, where she is forced to dress up as a groundhog. Then she spies an ad for a princess sub and meets agent Meredith, who informs Desi that she has a rare magical gift that will allow her to apply royal rouge and stand in for any princess in need of a break. Desi is sent on three missions for three very different young women, and though she is told not to interfere, at last she sees her chance to make an impact. Though the plot is predictable and concepts such as royal rouge and getting from job to job in a bubble are silly and contrived, overall the novel is frothy fun. Desi is constantly comparing herself to seemingly perfect Celeste, and it is only through her new job that she begins to discover her own worth. This is a fast-paced and humorous read with a dash of romance. It's sure to leave readers longing for the next installment.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI
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Fifteen-year-old Desi feels she is wasting her life in Idaho, between her job at the pet store, where she has to wear a groundhog costume, and her bitter ex-friend Celeste, whose father was sent to jail by Desi’s attorney dad. So when Desi is offered an enchanted position as a “sub” for real princesses, why would she say no? With a desire to help these girls—whether it’s an older sister’s crash diet or a rite-of-passage ceremony—Desi gets in some hot water and in the process discovers some important truths about her own life. With creativity and a sense of humor, this first novel is a delightful romp. The provision of magic makes all things possible, and the sense of place is vividly realized. Fans of The Princess Diaries (2000) and Ella Enchanted (1997) will be pulled in by Desi and her refusal to accept the status quo. Fortunately for them, Leavitt’s first novel is not her last—she is working on a sequel. Grades 5-8. --Melissa MooreSee all Editorial Reviews
A cute coming of age story. I'll be reading this one with my daughter.
In Princess for Hire, Desi is a teen filled with insecurities and a need to feel accepted. Read more
This book is really good. I wish there were more books in this series. I really enjoyed reading it.Published 12 months ago by Amy Baker
I enjoyed this novel a ton. although bread it with in three days despite the fact that I was bored out of my mind. this was probably one of the best novels I've ever read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michele Halstead
Princess for Hire is a sparkly clean, fun tween read. I thought it was such a cute story and smiled throughout. The story never lagged and kept my interest through out. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Inspired Kathy
Oh my goodness, what a charming little book! I was very pleasantly surprised in reading this. Read more
I thought the title of this book was really catchy and the concept/world-building was quite clever. I was on the fence with the writing style, read the sample and decided to buy... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lauren
This book was super! A quick, easy, and fun read. I hope you take my advice and rad this book.Published on July 22, 2013 by emmy
That is cool I love it I am going to get the next book in the series It would be so cool to have that jobPublished on April 9, 2013 by Rinswimmer
Such a cute story! The author took something as common as a princess story and made it something new. Everyone can relate to Desi on some level. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Anita