- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633755932
- ISBN-13: 978-1633755932
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a great story of friendship and self discovery. It includes the typical HS life, as well as LARPing! Fantastic fun to read and left me hoping that the reality show doesn't ruin Andy's life and relationships! I know my students will love this!" -Sarah Bittel, Educator at Canisteo-Greenwood CSD
"Casey Griffin delivered a teen fairytale with Secrets of A Reluctant Princess. It has all the great feels for a teen read and I found myself enjoying the humor and little love story that it gave us." -Natalie Miller, Books and Boys Books Blog
"As an educator, I will definitely recommend this book because of its 'believe in your true self' message. I also enjoyed reading bathroom-bottom and all things toilet sense of humour. Well done, Casey Griffin!" -Sabina Falacinska, I Speak Bookish
"I could really relate to the nerdy side of Andy and found her easily likeable. I especially loved the larping scenes, which were really fun. Her nerd crush on Kevin was cute, too, which lead to PUNS(!) and some really steamy scenes." -Inge, Of Wonderland
"This book was amazing. [...O]nce you got into it. You were hooked. The characters, the storyline all felt real." -Brit Lane, Reviews by Bee
"If you're looking for a cute, fun, read that contains some fun and a good ending I'd recommend this." -Samantha Myers, Pink Earmuffs Tumblr
"I love the geeky things in Secrets of a Reluctant Princess because I'm a geek myself. I love reading contemporary/young adult books like this one, so I highly recommend Secrets of a Reluctant Princess to everyone who loves contemporary/young adult books!" -Shirley, Shirley Cuypers
"I adored this book. I couldn't put it down till I finished it; absolutely terrific!" -Lu Dex
"If you enjoyed The Replacement Crush or The Summer I Became a Nerd , then this should be added to your collection. LARPing and bathroom accessories abound in Casey Griffin's YA debut. Not only do you have a world (Asdor) within our own, but a fresh (ha, see what I did there?) voice on the scene. Plus, there's nerd love!" -Moriah, A Leisure Moment
"I had a blast reading this book. ... this is the book for you to get your hands on." -Hadassah Harper, Haddie's Haven
"Secrets of a Reluctant Princess is a cute read. I have no idea why, but I love a nerdy love story. I felt for Andy who was torn between being popular and being herself and getting bullied like she was in her old school. I can understand just wanting to have a happy day. Being a teen is hard enough, but adding in a reality show must be hell. I ended up loving Harper and Kevin, too." -Kristi Housman, Goodreads Reviewer
"I really enjoyed this book! It was such a fun read, super adorable but very realistic at the same time! I definitely needed a pick me up that would warm my heart in this freezing winter, and this was just the perfect book at the perfect time!" -Sophie, Where Are The Books?
About the Author
Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400-ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can. http://caseygriffin.com
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While she quickly makes friends, she sets her sights on cute, but nerdy, Kevin. Her new friend tells her that would be social suicide, so Adrianna finds a way to dodge the cameras and become someone else, someone Kevin might be interested in. The world of live-action role playing (LARPing) takes center stage as Adrianna attempts a Hannah Montana life of having the best of both worlds.
The romance is sweet and the life of a reality-TV star makes for some hysterical moments, but the LARPing was almost a distraction. I loved that side of the story, but a lot of attention was paid to the LARPing events. The first one was great. I loved seeing how their world worked, sort of like living Dungeons & Dragons. But by the third event, I found myself skimming those sections. I knew Adrianna and her friends weren't in real danger, so the sword battles and treasure hunting didn't hold my attention. I flipped past those, looking for the nuggets that moved the main plot along.
The plot centers around Adrianna's relationship with Kevin with strong subplots involving LARPing and her family's business. Themes include being true to yourself and loyalty to friends. The main plot was good. There isn't much heat in the relationship, but it's definitely cute and I was pulling for these two the whole way.
I liked all of the characters. Even the antagonist, the show's camera guy, is more than a stereotype. Some seemed cardboard on the surface, but by the end of the story, it was clear what everyone's motivations were.
What Didn't Work for Me
1. Long LARPing Expeditions. These distracted me from the main plot too much.
2. Southern California Life. Some of it didn't come across as authentic. Beverly Hills teens don't take the bus. In fact public transportation in LA is pretty much a joke. I also have a hard time believing a small plumbing store could afford the rents on Rodeo Drive. And there are few empty lots anywhere in town that resemble a forest, but I could overlook most of this for the sake of the story.
What I Enjoyed About SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS
1. Adrianna. She was really complex. Part nerd, part cool kid, tough yet vulnerable, there was much to like about our heroine.
2. Kevin. Sometimes I wanted to shake him, other times I felt bad for him, but I always pulled for him to get the girl.
3. Comedy. The author does a fabulous job of weaving wit and humor throughout the story.
4. LARPing. While I didn't need to read all the details of their quests, I absolutely love this idea of dressing up and becoming another character. Like Comic-Con on steroids.
5. Reality TV. I don't actually watch any reality TV aside from competitions on the Food Network, but I loved the behind-the-scenes look at life in front of the camera.
SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS is a cute, funny romance with lovable characters.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The first couple of chapters of Secrets of a Reluctant Princess are pure farce, in the literary meaning and not the current derogatory meaning. Adrianna (Andy), of the unfortunate last name of “Bottom” (unfortunate because of her father’s business in plumbing supplies and his tendency to (heh) plumb the depths of those puns), becomes the “Porcelain Princess” on the Bathroom Barons reality tv series based on her family’s newly acquired wealth thanks to her father’s invention the Bowl Buddy.
Now cameras are following her around and film the result of her stylist’s decision to make her wear a too-tight skirt thus showing her beloved Wonder Woman underwear. In her attempts to get away, she ends up hiding in a hardware store and meets Kevin, who is cute and shares her interests.
But now that cameras are following her around, she finds she is suddenly friends with the popular kids, not because of who she is, but just because there are cameras following her. Harper, the first to befriend her, warns that if she wants to stay popular, she has to keep her distance from Kevin because he’s pretty much the mayor of nerdsville.
What results is Andy trying to live two lives. She tries to stay in with the popular kids because she remembers very well how school was back in Seattle when she was always the “butt” of jokes. But she really likes Kevin and is intrigued by LARPing because it appeals to her nerdy side. So she becomes Princess Andy of the LARPing world.
“Sounds dramatic,” he says. “But your heart, dare I ask is it still free for the taking?”
The way he asks it makes my toes curl in excitement, like he’s asking for himself. I give him a daring look. “No. It is not.”
He sighs in exaggerated disappointment.
“It is mine for the giving.”
When Andy is painted as a bully in one of the episodes of the show, she realizes that she has to take charge. If anyone knows what it’s like to be bullied, she does.
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess is funny and very punny (love it!) and seems like it’s just fluff while it is examining bullying and what’s acceptable and how easy it is to fall into being just like the popular kids for the sake of being left alone, but how ultimately you have to be true to yourself. The LARPing scenes were a lot of fun and definitely brought out the geek in this reader!
I liked Andy and Kevin and thought they were pretty much believable, although at the beginning I thought Andy whined a bit much, but that changed and I got over it. She shows herself to be spunky and smart and willing to put herself out there. Her internal wars were pretty understandable too. Kevin is sweet and smart and protective of those he loves. He is the epitome of nice guy.
Also, I liked the way that Griffin handled the other characters as we saw depth and believability even in the ones who seemed just antagonistic by nature.
All-in-all this is a fun, fast-paced read for the geek, the punster, and the lover of the underdog, but others will most definitely enjoy it too!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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