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Young Adult Fiction 1751
Great Read!
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
I remember picking this book up and thinking it was going to take a while to get through it....it's long.
I remember looking at the cover and thinking someone is driving away from a life they can't handle anymore.
I remember not being able to put the book down because I needed to know that Paige wasn't going to keep screwing up her life!
I remember wishing we had a creative writing teacher like Mr. Tremont so it would be easier to write the review.

So any of you that have read The Princesses of Iowa will totally get what I just wrote!! For those of you who haven't....you will!!

Paige, Nikki, and Lacey....rich, beautiful, spoiled, and totally out of control...until one night when their entire world turns upside down. Their friendship will never be the same, even if they can find a way to keep it together. But from the first day of their senior year, the year they've anticipated and have been groomed for, it's obvious that more was wrecked on that one night last spring, than their car and their bodies.

Paige isn't sure who she is anymore or what she wants, but she knows what is expected of her, and how she's supposed to play the part. Through most of The Princesses of Iowa Paige struggles with finding herself. She no longer fits into the clique, nor does she want to, but she battles this knowing that it's what's expected of her, especially since her younger sister 'Mirror' has no interest in being a princess.

Lacey's world is falling apart and she's kept Paige in the dark about it all, causing their friendship to suffer. The accident left her with a limp, and having to use a cane, while her parent's marriage is falling apart. The one person she's turned to all summer, Jake. Not just a guy, but the boyfriend of her lifelong friend, Paige.

Nikki seems to be the glue that binds the trio together. Battling with guilt from accident, she takes a stand against Drunk Driving, throwing herself into the cause.

Stepping up to save Paige are Shanti, Ethan, and Mr. Tremont and his creative writing class. But what will Paige choose? Will she choose a scripted life by continuing to forget what really happened and sweeping secrets into the closet? Will she continue in a relationship that to the outside world is perfect? Or will she listen to her heart and accept what is real in her life?

I give The Princesses of Iowa 4 out of 5 stars. It's a book I couldn't put down. I battled for Paige's heart to win out. I battled for her to do the right thing. I saw pieces of everyday teens in the pages of this book: Athletes having to live up to expectations; Popular girls playing the game; Partying and drinking leading to poor decisions. Other issues pop up in the book as well, such as divorce and gay rights. I highly recommend the reading The Princesses of Iowa for grades 9 and up. There is quite a bit of language and mature situations.

FTC required disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.
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Couldn’t put this one down.

Easy to relate to the characters.
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