Author: Kristina Springer
Genre: Teen Fiction
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN-13 Book: 9780374361501
Source: I received a copy of the ARC for review from Teen [Book] Scene Tours. This is my honest review!
Just Your Average Princess by Kristina Springer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Since she was little Jamie Edwards has dreamed of being the Pumpkin Princess. Now it is finally her shot at the title and only one thing is standing in her way; her spoiled celebrity cousin, Milan. Milan, the daughter of two famous movie stars, used to be friends with Jamie, but for some reason is set on showing Jamie up and making her look like a fool. She seems to want to take everything from Jamie, her crush Danny, the love of her parents, and now even the title of Pumpkin Princess. Jamie works hard in the pumpkin patch and doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. That may just be just what she needs if she is going to deal with Milan.
I seem to have fallen into the fall reads lately. I love autumn and I really love it when I can find books that take place during that season. This was a perfect fit, pumpkins, a pumpkin patch, and a rivalry between cousins.
I love Jamie, she is sweet, hardworking, and a fun character. She has good, if a little odd friends. She is realistically portrayed and well drawn. You could understand her frustrations and her obsession with Milan who has suddenly pushed her aside in her own family.
Springer does an excellent job capturing the fall setting, and describing the pumpkin patch. So much so, that I found myself wishing I could find the place and go there! My only qualm with this book is that Springer named the town Average, Illinois. I felt that the name might have been a bit two generic, and would have like a name assigned to the town, because to me, this town was charming and anything but average.
Overall, this is a fun lighthearted read that is sure to entertain. Definitely a perfect fit for the season.
Cautions for sensitive readers: None.
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