The Princesses of Iowa

The Princesses of Iowa

eBook - 2012
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What does it mean to do wrong, when no one punishes you? A smart and unflinching look at friendship, the nature of entitlement, and growing up in the heartland.

Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She's pretty, rich, and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash, everything changes. Her best friends start ignoring her, her boyfriend grows cold and distant, and her once-adoring younger sister now views her with contempt. The only bright spot is her creative writing class, led by a charismatic new teacher who encourages students to be true to themselves. But who is Paige, if not the homecoming princess everyone expects her to be? In this arresting and witty debut, a girl who was once high-school royalty must face a truth that money and status can't fix, and choose between living the privileged life of a princess, or owning up to her mistakes and giving up everything she once held dear.

Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780763659899
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Feb 09, 2016

Paige and her friends Nikki and Lacey have been planning to be Homecoming Princesses together since they were children. A drunk driving accident after their junior year fractures their friendship, and makes Paige reexamine everything in her life. There are a lot of good parts of this book; Paige’s growth in creative writing class, her realization that even the uncool kids in high school have meaningful friendships, her relationship with her sister, and her sudden decision to stand up to intolerance. However, there are some bizarre elements to the book that really take away from it. Paige’s mother is completely unrealistic. She says horrible things to Paige throughout the book, and wants her daughter to be engaged by the end of high school. Paige’s summer in Paris is a strange, meaningless sidenote in the book. Paige’s willingness to go back to her terrible boyfriend over and over again isn’t believable either if readers are supposed to believe that Paige is really changing.

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violet_swan_208
Sep 06, 2014

This book is amazing! it challenges your perception of life and high school and it will make you want to free-write

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caitlin1322
Jul 31, 2014

Amazing book!

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5pink61
Jan 09, 2013

Amazing!! I would recommended this book to any teenage girl.

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jacksonsgf
Sep 11, 2012

So good. About trying to be perfect, succeeding, then hating it and finding your actual self.

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jacksonsgf thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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