Saturday, April 9, 2011

Plethora of Princesses

Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

This enchanting book gets a solid 4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes for having a funny and smart main character who gets quite an interesting job.  I actually stayed up late reading and finished the book at about two in the morning.  It's the kind of book that'll put you in a good mood and make you smile as you read it.  Desi's a great character.

Desi starts off the story inside a gopher costume.  Needless to say, she would love a more glamorous job then what she has now at the pet store.  She hopes to make a better impression in eighth grade but as the story starts you see that her chances to be popular don't look so good.  

Desi's a very relatable character because she wants to fit in among the popular kids but can't.  Her nickname and what her former best friend calls her, is Ditzy.  She's a little eccentric but has some big ideas, like having a tee shirt business and always trying out for the school plays.  Desi's kind of the odd ball of her family and her sister takes more after her mom and has the whole beauty queen in training deal going on.

One day she makes, a wish that changes her life.  Desi finds herself a magical job that is a lot better than the pet shop but it has some interesting responsibilities.  This agency actually replaces royalty when they need a vacation.  

I love this agency's mode of travel and their makeup that allows them to become doubles to the princesses that they replace.  Desi gets to replace some what you would call unconventional princesses that seem to need a little bit more than a vacation from their lives.  Getting to be a wide range of princesses gives her some great insights into her own life and how she views the world.

Desi's unconventional thinking gets her into some trouble but her new way of thinking may be just what makes her so good at this job and benefit her in future princess jobs.  This story is full of magic, secrets, and a heroine with a sense of humor and heart.  I can't wait to see where this series goes next and I'll be eagerly waiting to read the second book in the series.

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