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Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess Paperback – Bargain Price, February 3, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Many little girls dream of becoming a princess and finding their Prince Charming. Fine was no different and, at the age of six, traced the Windsor family tree to Peter Phillips, an English royal of her same age, and announced she would marry him. Unlike other girls, however, this dream did not fade away with adolescence. With a story line akin to a chick lit novel, her memoir follows her single-minded path to become suitable wife material for a prince, to move to England and to be swept away in a royal romance. Born to hippie parents in rural Colorado, Fine comes of age feeling out of place and escapes to the East Coast for college and then to graduate school in London. There she ingratiates herself into English social circles, eventually rubbing shoulders with Princess Anne, the Duchess of York and others. Amid her lessons in British society and the universal woes of dating, she also gains the important knowledge that the strength of one's conviction can be the strongest predictor of one's fate. Provided the reader doesn't grimace to see her determination, intelligence and grace used to pursue a man she's never met, Fine's is a charming and humorous story. (Jan.)
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[A] real-life fairy tale with twists and delights on every page. Tuck it in your beach bag
right next to your tiara.
Jen Lancaster, author of Bitter Is the New Black
Pithy and funny. A fresh twist on the tired tales of offbeat girls in search of their dream.
[A] charming and humorous story.
Any woman who has spent any time searching for a good man will enjoy this real-life adventure.
New York Post
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After years of waiting, the opportunity finally came for Jerramy to study abroad in London. From the moment she arrives in England, her life is a whirlwind of what every anglophile dreams about! Wild parties with Oxford guys and invitations to the most highbrow events are day-to-day life events for Jerramy. Although she has her share of fun with all of the Hugh Grant lookalikes at Oxford, she continues throughout the book to pursue the love of her life, Peter Phillips. Does she eventually get her prince and live happily ever after? You'll have to read it to find out!
Never in my life have I ever felt that I had so much in common with an author! Her tale of taking the plunge and moving to England is both inspiring and cautionary. I learned an incredible amount from this book, all while having an excellent laugh! It's tough to be certain if the entire story is true, or if she embellished a bit for the readers, but all I know is that I wish I could live just one day in her shoes!
The characters you meet throughout Jerramy's experiences are interesting and diverse. She specifically states in the introduction that although the story is real, some of the names are not (for legal purposes). It leaves you wondering who the characters really are, especially since some of them are prominent individuals. I love that although everyone keeps telling Jerramy she's completely nuts for loving everything British so much, she presses on, completely ignoring their criticism. I also loved her parents- especially her mom- who were constantly entertaining with their hippie outlook on life. Jerramy's interactions with her parents, crazy roommates, and friends will definitely have you laughing!
I loved the writing style of this book. Although it's primarily narrative, her insights and thought processes are hilarious! I love that there are footnotes throughout, in case you don't know a term, or to clarify details of British culture that may be beyond a typical American's knowledge. I especially loved the end (which I won't divulge), when she offers an epilogue and some insight. I think she conveyed her message incredibly well, and feel like I've learned a great deal from her shared experience.
If you're an anglophile, I strongly suggest you read this book! Jerramy experiences so many incredible events and meets so many interesting people that I can't even begin to convey the gamut of emotions you roll through while reading this book. That being said, I will say I've never laughed so much while reading a book! Someday My Prince Will Come is insightful, poignant, and entertaining. This is definitely a book that will remain on my shelf for a long time, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a nice, lighthearted read. So cozy up on your couch and enjoy this fantastic book!
The book did not disapoint. I read the entire thing in one day with my mouth hanging open half the time. "I can't believe she's doing this!" I loved the crazy and the come what may, I am shooting for the stars here. Throughout the book, Jerramy has peppered a lot of real wisdom about dream chasing. When I finished the book, at first I thought it was a lot like finishing Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, there was so much craziness.
But after some time passed and I wasn't thinking about just the sheer fun of it all then, the book has stayed with me. I really learned something from it. We don't always get what we're after when we are chasing our dreams, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth chasing because we do get wonderful prizes we would otherwise miss. We've been places. We're more interesting. We've put our heart on the line, we've really lived, and we almost always find something glittering in ourselves along the way. After all, a princess isn't really who she marries, but who she is and who she becomes. If you have a tiara, put it on and read this book.
It's not without its flaws--repetitive at times, a little clumsily paced at others, and occasionally obsessively narcissistic--but, hey, it's a memoir. (And life by its nature is often repetitive, and awkwardly paced. And it seems the unlikely person who'd write a memoir without being at least sometimes narcissistic.)
The author's obsession with all things princess aside, this is a tale of someone who knew what she wanted and went after it with ferocity and the ending is well done and cheerful. A great book for reminding us all to dream big and go after those dreams with our whole hearts, and would make an especially lovely gift for a young 20-something who's adrift and wondering what to set her heart on. (Because I rather think the particulars of Fine's fluffy aspirations matter far less than her dogged pursuit of them.) It's unabashed chicklit, to be sure, and a true guilty pleasure.