Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Reality TV, Family Drama, Romance, Humor
This was kind of silly… and also kind of cute. I don’t remember the last reality TV show book plot that I’ve enjoyed, and already I’m not a huge fan of reality TV to begin with (except for KUWTK obviously) so I’m kind of shocked by the fact that I managed to finish this book… and enjoy it.
But then again, I wasn’t the only one who found the whole reality TV aspect silly: Dylan, the main protagonist, did too. She’s Dusty’s sister, who is marrying into modern day nobility and whose wedding is being documented for TV. Dylan has no idea how to process this new reality and avoid the cameras she wants nothing to do with. Luckily, there’s Jamie, who might just make this context more bearable for her, with his unlimited charm and easy laugh.
The good thing is that it’s a parody more than anything else, so not meant to be taken seriously to begin with. It’s a let-yourself-loose-and-forget-about-the-real-world-for-a-minute type of story. The vocabulary did annoy me once in a while because it did seem like the author tried too hard at times to be funny, but overall I was entertained and I’m glad I have Love à la Mode from the author also on my desk to plunge into soon.