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Just Your Average Princess Hardcover – October 11, 2011
“Springer's (The Espressologist) frothy story delivers an appealing setting in the pumpkin patch, and Jamie is a down-to-earth, realistically flawed protagonist whose antagonism toward Milan--while well-founded--also points to her underlying fear that her cozy life in Average is beginning to change.” ―Publishers Weekly Online
“…[a] lighthearted, often humorous read.” ―School Library Journal
“This cheerful and heartwarming novel set in a small town will appeal to teens who enjoy YA chick lit.” ―VOYA
About the Author
Kristina Springer is the author of The Espressologist and My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours. She lives outside Chicago, Illinois.
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amie Edwards dreams of the crown of Pumpkin Princess; after all, she has worked the past eight years alongside her parents at the Pumpkin Patch, her family's business. Not only do they sell pumpkins, there are hayrides and a petting zoo for the kids, a candy apple stand, a pumpkin chucker where you can see how far you can launch a pumpkin with a contraption Jamie's father created, a gift shop, and a pumpkin tower.
Jamie has been crushing over Danny for two years. He works at the Patch but barely notices her. He is nice enough but Jamie wants him to ask her out. It is not until her rich Hollywood Kardashian-wanna-be celebutante cousin arrives in town that the real fireworks start.
Milan is the pampered, bratty diva daughter of Hollywood royalty; both her mother and father a mega-stars in Hollywood, and their only daughter spends her time shopping on Rodeo Drive and complaining about everything and everyone else. Jamie thinks it's suspect that Milan arrives during the school year--doesn't she have to attend school in Beverly Hills? When her parents put Milan to work at the Patch, she parades around in barely there size one outfits and high heels. She does as little work as humanly possible and starts grabbing lunch with Danny.
Milan acts like a haughty queen around Jamie constantly belittling her and making her look bad. Jamie can't believe it--she has been nothing but nice and accomodating with Milan. Why is Milan so mean-spirited and snarky?
First her mom, then her co-workers, then her hot crush Danny, and finally her usually conservative and quiet dad falls under Milan's magical spell. Dad allows Milan to buy a fancy latte machine and serve pumpkin lattes to the tourists. Then he stocks a fancy pumpkin facial that Milan gushes about in the gift shop, but the last straw is when Milan enters the Pumpkin Princess contest. Jamie can't stand it--that crown is hers!
What can she do to grab the crown? How can she make Danny notice her long enough to ask her out? Why can't her parents treat her as nicely as they treat Milan? Is the whole town crazy? Jamie knows she has to work to win that coveted crown--and fast.
Fun, cute, quirky, and highly entertaining, Just Your Average Princess is a light read that teen girls will love. Girls who read and liked The Teashop Girls, The Cupcake Queen, The Sweetest Thing, and It's Raining Cupcakes will like this novel.
Highly recommended grades 7-up. No sex. Mean girls behavior--Milan. Mention of Milan making a sex tape but no details. Girls hear worse gossip on Entertainment Tonight than in this novel.
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I loved the Pumpkin Patch setting. We have a pumpkin patch that does a lot of fun things at Halloween but nothing the likes of the Pumpkin Patch in this book.
More a “tween” read than teen read, this book is clean and I’d have no issue with my 11 year old daughter reading it.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: ARC Tour
Until her snarky cousin Milan shows up from California. Milan is everything Jamie isn't. Milan is outgoing while Jamie is somewhat shy. Milan is high maintenance while Jamie wears overalls and her hair in pigtails most days. Jamie used to get along with her cousin as kids but her cousin has completely changed and grew up.
Milan comes into the picture and starts hanging around Danny, she wants to run for pumpkin princess, she spends time with Jamie's parents so of course its human nature for Jamie to start to get jealous.
I thought the book was enjoyable as a fun read but there were times that Jamie did ramble on a bit much and annoy me a little bit. I think this felt more like a light read that can be enjoyed but your probably not going to get emotional over it. I really liked how it took place in Illinois. I loved all the descriptions of the pumpkin patch and the events that went on at the pumpkin patch. I loved the face paining, the Carmel apples, the lattes. Reading about it me me crave all of them!
I really enjoyed the storyline and the plot of this one.
Overall: Was a fun read. Didn't love it but did really like it. Liked the characters, liked all the descriptions, this book is definitely a book to read around Halloween. It will totally set you in the mood to go pumpkin hunting to find the right one! Just Your Average Princess was a cute and fun read.
Cover: I adore the cover. I love how the girl is sitting atop the hay. I love how she has a dress on and boots. Its very neat!
What I'd Give It: 3/5 Cupcakes
Review Based On Hardcover Edition
Taken From Princess Bookie
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