Prince Charming, by Rachel Hawkins

I must admit: I’ve gotten better at looking at fluffy YA books and allowing excitement to take control, rather than stuffy contempt. Although, I think part of why I picked up today’s book is because, for once, I could make a book suggestion to my sister Robin. You know, the family Potterhead? The one who is trash for all things related to the UK? But seriously, any book called Prince Charming already has my attention. Not the most original of titles, but hey, it made me stop and take a look.

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Daisy Winters was a normal nerdy teenager from Florida…before her older sister Ellie got engaged to the Prince of Scotland. Suddenly, Dairy’s life is a whirl of paparazzi, luncheons, horse races and polo games, crazy hats worthy of My Fair Lady, and scandals—lots of scandals. Her new family comes with many crazy characters, including Sebastian, the troublemaker who knows the best bars in Scotland, and Miles, the snobby university student. But when Daisy’s impulsive behavior lands her in the tabloids, Miles is tasked with keeping her in line until the end of the summer. Seems like a recipe for romance to me…

I was pretty sure, going into this book, I knew most of the story beats. But that’s why I have to give major props to Rachel Hawkins for making this story such fun. She creates a fun and relatable protagonist in Daisy, and what judgment and wildness the royal life creates for her. Her relationship with Ellie is appropriately strained, but they still feel like real sisters.

But let’s be real: the true fun of this book is how Sebastian and Miles drive Daisy crazy (ha, sorry, couldn’t resist the terrible, unoriginal rhyme). They are both very distinct and real young men, and Daisy’s interactions with them are enjoyably frustrating. Of course, we all know that Daisy will fall in love with one of them, but I’ll leave you to see which one it is.

This book thoroughly embraces the pop culture aspect of royal life. Parts of the story are told through blog posts, both professional and gossipy, or listicles that serve as character profiles. Being royal is a fairytale concept, especially to American readers, so to incorporate how the online world extremely worships or judges these people is clever.

Like with any good YA romance, this is a great book to cuddle up with in pajamas, under the covers, with a candle burning. Approach with caution, though, since any book about royal life can prove addicting. Probably best not to read right before bed on a weekday. But hey, if you have the smallest interest in European royal life, give it a shot. It’s not straight-up American-meets-Scottish-royal wish fulfillment, but it sure as heck is fun!

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