- Hardcover: 334 pages
- Publisher: WestSide Books (December 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934813443
- ISBN-13: 978-1934813447
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,237,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Princess of Las Pulgas Hardcover – December 15, 2010
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"Small but glittering details illuminate the prose, and perfect turns of phrase keep the reader right next to Carlie as she struggles ('I wonder if you can be arrested for driving while sobbing?'). Full of heart and hope . . . a beautiful book." --L.K. Madigan, author of the 2010 Morris Award winner Flash Burnout
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"The Princess of Las Pulgas is a beautifully written, meaningful young adult novel. Carlie Edmund will jump off the page and pull you into a poignant and timely story of loss and ultimate gain. She'll take you into a world where stereotypes are shattered and truth is discovered deep beneath the surface."
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The students at Las Pulgas hold a deep distrust of Carlie, as she does of them. They both have misconceptions of each other, to the point that there is violence in the hallways involving Carlie and her brother. Her mother is trying to make ends meet with a job and going to school. When a possible love interest moves into her mother’s life, Carlie resists. She doesn’t want interference from her mother’s new friend. She doesn’t want to deal with the aggressive girl, K.T, whom she’s forced to work with during a dramatic production. She has her mind stuck on Channing, her old high school where a boy she likes attends, but a boy at Las Pulgas just might capture her attention.
It was very interesting seeing the contrast of Carlie’s old and new life. It was also great to see how she adjusted in Las Pulgas, although she had to go through very trying times there. This is a wonderful YA story about building new lives, knocking down stereotypes, and handling the grieving process.
Aside from living in fear, she's ashamed of her new digs and avoids letting her old friends know she's living in a dump. Her best friend is so caught up in her own social life, she's clueless about Carlie's plight. Carlie realizes she can't risk confiding in her so-called best friend.
As Carlie's loneliness and problems continued to mount, I found myself drawn into her life and worried about her safety, grieved with her over the loss of her father and the loss of the life she once knew, and sympathized with the displaced feelings she constantly faced. I cheered her on when she showed strength and began to fight back and stand up for herself. The story unfolds beautifully, especially with some unexpected turns that left me feeling satisfied with the way it ends. I'll never forget Carlie's poignant story.
After the death of her father, Carlie, her mother and brother, have to move out out of their perfect life at Channing and join the community of Las Pulgas, California. It's a terrible ordeal for her and she is struggling to come to terms with the fact that everything will never be the same in her life again. She is ashamed of where the rest of her family came to end up in after the shock of losing her father. Their "new" apartment is not a place you would call fit for living and what would her friends think about her living at such a run-down place? A complete nightmare that gets worse once she enters her new school and has to deal with tough attitudes and glares from everybody.
To be honest, you have to be patient with Carlie throughout the whole story. Juan is right, she does act like a Princess from Channing, looking at her new classmates in Las Pulgas High as if they were the worst you can come across in the whole world, but it's because she is suffering and missing her father, that along with his death, her confidence was taken away too.
Surprinsingly, my favorite character came to be K.T., who turned out to be a cool girl after all. At first I was afraid of her just like Carlie, but learning more about her made me understand her attitude and sense of humor. Just like they say, it does us no good to question someone without knowing their background, for everybody is battling a war of their own.
I'm so glad to have come across with this very realistic story. It's clear that you really do have to look twice or thrice in everything that surrounds you. Things aren't what they really are and even in the toughest situations there will always be an opening where the light will break through.
If life moves on, then so do you.