Saturday, April 3, 2010

Review: Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

Princess for Hire
Publication: Hyperion Book CH (March 16, 2010)
Description: When an immaculately dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and asks you if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you
a) run
b) faint
c) say Yes!
For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C--that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula "Royal Rouge," she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don't know? Or when a princess's conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off--and you know she would want you to change his mind?
In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.
My Thoughts: This a a quick, light read that would be very good for middle graders who have always wanted to be princesses and who like humor in their books. Desi is a fun character. She has an interesting job at a pet store - she has to dress up in a groundhog costume to advertise the store. She wishes her life was more exciting. She loves old movies and wishes she had some of the glamour that the old stars had. Her adventures as she subs for a variety of princesses show her that just being a princess doesn't make your life wonderful. Desi grows her own confidence as she subs. The book demands a sequel. I want to know more about Desi's adventures as a substitute princess.
Challenges: 2010 YA Debut Author, 2010 YA Reading Challenge, In the Middle Challenge, RYOB Challenge


  1. Great review, thanks! I can't wait to read this book myself!

  2. Sounds great - and glad to hear it has some humor. Books with humor are hard to find. I thought it might be a good one for my middle schoolers, and you confirmed that.


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