If I Have a Wicked Stepmother Where's My Prince by Melissa Kantor follows Lucy Norton who was uprooted from California when her Father gets married and spends most of her time alone in her room in the basement her new house with her wicked stepmother and bratty twin sisters. She is treated badly by her stepmother and her father is away most of the time and doesn't have any friends at her new school. When the school basketball star (the prince) asks her out she is very excited and finds her life changing.
I loved this book. It was sweet and fluffy and a nice fairytale adaptation. I loved Lucy who grows from an unconfident shy girl into a girl who is finally able to express her needs to fix both her social and family life. I tore through this book reading it very quickly and was sad when it ended.
Appropriateness: Lucy's boyfriend drinks excessively on several occasions (and this is used to make him seem less than perfect). Lucy drinks a glass of wine at an art show but does not drink when her boyfriend does. She's rebellious at times but not in a destructive manner (running off to an art gallery opening instead of going home) This is a perfect book to use as a starting point for what to do if your teen does go to a party where alcohol is served or if their boyfriend or friends are drinking as Lucy is fairly immune to peer pressure when she knows something is wrong. I would recommend this book to readers 12+ (with an encouraged parental discussion with the middle school crowd)
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