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If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? Hardcover – August 24, 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up–Teen readers will relate to Cinderella Lucy Norton's woes. Transplanted from San Francisco to Long Island because of the marriage of her father, who continues to spend working weeks on the West Coast, she grapples with a pseudo-family existence with her step-monster, Mara, and her magpie twin stepsisters. Lucy's dual passions of basketball and art characterize her and help her make connections. Negotiating that minefield of adolescence, the high school cafeteria, she often takes a sandwich to the art room, where she enjoys the kindness of her teacher and meets Sam, a talented but rude artist. An astute remark about basketball gains her the attentions of Connor, the team star and all-around hunk. With his notice come Jessica and Madison, as friends. Lucy enjoys her rapid ride on the social surf, featuring drinking parties, melt-away kisses, even the much-sought-after prom invite, but her home life is still difficult–her stepmother is trying to win some kind of bitch-of-the-year award. To confuse matters, she feels an artistic connection with Sam, whose conversation and interests make Connor seem more ornamental than substantial. While savvy readers will anticipate Lucy's ultimate pairing and improved family relationships, most teens won't be disappointed in the pleasant confection of wit, teen angst, shopping, girl talk, and flirtation. Kantor caters well to the witty-romance, girl-power book market, supplying a worthy offering for many who might not read otherwise.–Suzanne Gordon, Richards Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA
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About the Author
Melissa Kantor is a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband, the poet Benjamin Gantcher, and their son.
Top customer reviews
Well if the purpose of this book is to make me feel for Lucy it was successful.
My emotions where all over the place even shed a bunch of tears.
Lucy's father got remarried and they moved from San Francisco to New York to live in her stepmother's house. Then her father kept working in San Francisco on a big case for work and flew into New york for weekends.
Lucy's stepmother is busy shopping and cares about redecorating the whole house but not her room. Lucy lives in the basement by herself. Sleeps on a air mattress has no place to put her clothes, because she was not allowed to move with her furniture just being told we will buy more.
six months later she finally gets a bed and then told her friend was comming for a week and will have her bedroom. Lucy gets the couch.
Lucy calls her two spoiled 12 old twins Princess 1 & Princess 2. Lucy feels like she does all the cleaning but they don't have too.
Lucy has no friends at the new school. She did try to talk to a boy Sam in art class but he was rude. One day she heard these boys talking about a NBA basketball game who was going to win. Lucy made a remark about they being so wrong. Next time she saw them they told her good call on the game. Then Connor Pearson started to ask her out. Connor was popular and on the basketball team. Lucy than became popular and had friends and lots of others waved or talked to her in the halls.
The only problems I had with the book was all the drinks they had and was no big deal. champaign, wiskey.beer seemed like the adults did not care either. The skimpy clothes too without comments.
I was lent this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
03/27/2010 PUB Disney-Hyperion 320 pages
I found it strange that this girl goes to a new school. She has no friends and that a simple basketball comment would suddenly change her fate. She ends hanging out with the popular crowd and dating one of the most popular boys in school.
She ends up not really liking him in the end and leaving the prom with the boy she hardly ever spoke to from Art class.
Her interactions with her stepfamily was well written. Her interactions with her stepmother; they made me so angry! I could place myself in her shoes has she had those arguments with her. And her dad not believing her. That was just wrong!
I would have loved to see more plot development in the first couple of chapters. It would have better helped the flow of the story.
When Lucy's mother died, leaving behind her husband and young daughter, it meant it was just the two of them for several years. Then her dad remarried and moved them to live in another city with his new wife and her two younger daughters. Lucy was relegated to a room in the basement, a very inadequately furnished room, and her dad was hardly ever home because he was still working in the city where they had lived before Lucy's life was turned upside down.
Lucy felt unfairly treated, being expected to do chores the other girls were not asked to do and not treated very nicely. She felt like a .. well, the way Cinderella may have felt. Then she falls for a boy and things just get more complicated.
This is a story that holds the reader's interest, and I think especially young teen girls will like it. I found myself thinking at times, this girl is being so emotional and self-centered ... like a teenage girl with the jealousy, the angry outbursts, the drama. But that simply means Melissa Kantor hit it right on. Being on the other side of all that hormonal craziness it is easy to see what should have taken place, and I kept hoping someone would see through everyone's foolishness and set things right. (Even the stepmother was exasperating.)
I won't tell you what happened. ** Possible spoiler alert ** What I will say is .. there is some of the normal temptation stuff, but it's the drinking that becomes the issue for awhile. It is handled well by the author, Melissa Kantor.
This is an easy book to read, interesting and engaging, and not simply a young person's book. Why not branch out and see what our young people are reading these days? :)
Most recent customer reviews
Loved it more the second time around!