Review: Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin

Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin

Right fairy tale. Wrong guy.

Happily Ever After only happens with the right guy. It’s a tiny but important detail most fairy tales choose to leave out. But what happens when the princess rides off into the sunset with Prince Charming, only to discover he’s not so charming, after all?

Bianca Sullivan thinks she’s a pretty average girl. Sure, her brother may be the super-stud captain of the football team, but that’s her only claim to fame –- until her friends’ social experiment turns her into the new It girl of the Sophomore class, and she captures the attention of the most popular guy in her grade. Ecstatic to introduce the world to her first boyfriend, she’s trying to enjoy being wooed by the ultimate heartthrob. But no one’s ever told her what to do when her friends hate her boyfriend and Prince Charming starts acting like a control-freaky misogynist. And as if deciding whether to trust Prince Charming, her friends, or her own instincts wasn’t hard enough, being around her brother’s best friend is making her head all fuzzy, too. Oh, if only love was as simple as fairy tales make it out to be….

I received Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? from the author in exchange for an honest review.

It usually takes me days to read a book — even books I love — because I don’t just sit down and read. I sit down and read and then remember that I have laundry to put in the dryer or that I want to check my garden before it gets dark or that I was going to play Cookie Jam or that I haven’t eaten lunch. I read pretty fast (especially on my Kindle) when I’m reading, but I lack the concentration to just Sit. And. Read. I’m too easily distracted. That’s one reason I always have more than one book going at a time. (Current total? Eight. Not even kidding.)

But I had told Ella Martin that I would post my review today so I sat down around noon yesterday to read. I was a little worried about the time crunch, and I considered emailing her and telling her that I wouldn’t be posting until Tuesday or Thursday. I thought about giving myself a little wiggle room. And I did check my garden and put the laundry in the dryer and play Cookie Jam before I finished it. I’m never going to be that person who finishes a book in one sitting, but I didn’t make excuses to stay away from the book either. I wanted to get back to it and find out what was going on in Bianca’s life and how she was dealing with everything. I finished Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? in what seemed like no time at all.

What girl wouldn’t want the most popular guy in the sophomore class to notice her? Of course Bianca is flattered when Dante starts hanging around, but when he starts making demands on her time and telling her that she needs to be spending time with him, not her friends, she stands up for herself right away. I love that she tells him straight out that it’s not fair for her to ditch her friends just because he wants to see her. Smart girl! She makes mistakes and gives him too many chances, but she’s only fifteen and this isn’t a situation she’s ever had to deal with personally before.

Bianca’s a great character: fun, independent, and stronger than she knows. She feels like a real girl, not just a fictional character. She has a good relationship with her family and a whole group of friends, and never once does she let her life revolve around Dante. She has interests (drama club) and traditions (Halloween with her friends, movie marathons on school dance nights) and she’s not about to drop them for a boy. Even her friends are well-developed characters with their own interests: Ally runs a gossip blog, Finn is an academic star, Jake’s in a band, and Talia’s a bit of a rebel in their straight-laced prep school.

All of these characters, plus Bianca’s older brother Brady and his best friend Tim (and they have outside interests too!), make up an excellent support system for Bianca. I especially love the relationship Bianca has with Brady. He’s brotherly, but he doesn’t go overboard in trying to protect her and end up controlling her just as much as Dante wants to. And Tim, who is very sweet, is like a second brother to her, but there is that long-standing crush Bianca has had on him…I don’t really do the “book boyfriend” thing because I’m an adult and that would be creepy, but if I did, Tim would definitely be a contender.

Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? is the first book in the Westgate Prep series. I suspect that the whole cast of characters is so well-rounded because they’re all running around living their lives in author Ella Martin’s head just as much as Bianca did. I can’t wait to read the next book! (I hope it’s about Ally.)

Will The Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? will be released on July 1.

4 stars
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Jenna

Comments

  1. This sounds like a great summer read! I always like to go check my garden and do other things (even the laundry..bleck) before settling down to read. I can’t concentrate otherwise 🙂 Great review!
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  2. Great review, I just added Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up to my TBR list. Sounds like a fairy tale with a difference, and I can’t help liking that!
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