|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
Gr 8 Up-Three popular girls-Paige, Lacey and Nikki-are involved in an accident at the end of their junior year of high school as a result of drunk driving. Sent away for the summer to be an au pair in Paris by her image-conscious mother, Paige returns to her senior year only to find her friends and boyfriend acting strangely. The once tight threesome is divided by Nikki's possible anorexia and promiscuity, injured Lacey's air of martyrdom, and Paige's lack of sympathy. Their goal of being homecoming princesses begins to look less likely. When Paige takes a creative writing class with a charismatic teacher who encourages students to be true to themselves and meets some uncool teens, her character develops and she slowly learns to be kinder and less of a snob. There are a lot of pertinent themes in Backes's novel (Candlewick, 2012): peer pressure, problematic family relationships, casual cruelty of teens, and homophobia. Not all are satisfactorily dealt with, but listeners will be interested to track Paige's growth. Shelby Lewis's spot-on narration perfectly reflects the teenage tone, drawing listeners in. She makes some characters even more likeable than they were on the page, and draws our attention to the arrogance of others. Ultimately, Paige reveals who was behind the wheel on that fateful night, and the girls do their best to deal with the situation. A good choice for young adult collections.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
A well-executed first novel... Backes addresses guilt, deceit, homophobia, loyalty, and the burden of keeping up appearances in a brutally believable high school setting as Paige recognizes the weaknesses of loved ones and her own imperfections.
In this debut novel, Backes takes Dead Poets Society and brings it into the age of Mean Girls. Her writing style is witty while still being relatable, and the themes of acceptance and identity will ring true to teens... Backes re-creates a world that most teens already live in, with the overarching message that anyone can become more than what others perceive them to be.
—School Library Journal
You'll finish it quickly, because you'll get sucked in and won't want to put it down. Feels real. I remember the insults and put-downs and infighting from people who were... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Al I.
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was very relatable and a believable high school story. Quick and easy weekend read. You feel like you are a part of the story as you read. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Book Lover in Florida
This was a very heartfelt novel with a little twist of "different" friendship! This is one of my personal favorites! I would recommend it as a MUST read😜Published 5 months ago by Ann
I received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LauraElisabeth
One thing about having a lot of books on your kindle is that you never know what you are in the mood to read and it may take you a while to get around to a book that's been sitting... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paula L. Phillips
I liked "The Princesses of Iowa"; even after I finished reading it. You may think this is a rather strange statement. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kaye Gilbert
Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide
I admit that I was a bit hesitant going into this book due to so many middle-of-the-road and disappointed reviews... Read more
The Princesses of Iowa is a well-written, believable story about young people learning about who they are and what is important for interacting with other humans. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian Dowd
I grew up in rural Iowa and went to U. of Iowa for college. I do not know if it is true of this book, but there is an ENORMOUS amount of YA literature set in iowa - mostly due to... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer