The Secret Life of Prince Charming, by Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Besides a writer, author Deb Caletti is also a painter, a lecturer, and a lyricist. She is a National Book Award Finalist with other titles including: The Queen of Everything, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, The Nature of Jade, and The Fortunes of Indigo Skye. She resides in Seattle with her family.
Quinn is an ordinary teenager, or so she feels. She is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken and has grown up hearing nothing but cautionary tales about men. Seeing herself as an optimist, she is dependable and cautious. When a relationship is rekindled with her usually absent, very eccentric, and always selfish father, Quinn is just happy to have him around again. Then she discovers just how poorly he has treated the women in his life, stealing more than their hearts. So Quinn joins forces with her beloved little sister and the half-sister she’s never met to right her father’s wrongs. And maybe, uncover the truth.
Told in first person point-of-view, this young adult book read like a journal to me. Throughout the book there were letters, and/or other entries from the women in Quinn’s father’s life, which made this interesting. I think the secondary characters in this book made it hilarious and sweet. From the aunt, grandmother, mother, father, and sisters, you are pulled into it by so many flawed and delightful characters that you must keep reading. Deb Caletti has a way of sneaking into young minds and taking hold. Both creative in the plot and in tune with the target audience, she masterfully portrays her characters and what they want to say. A recommended read.
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