Details: Hardcover, 240 pgs.
Published: March 16th, 2010 by Disney Hyperion
isbn: 1423121929 (ISBN13: 9781423121923)
Reading Level: Middle Grade
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.
I found this to be a very cute middle grade book with a charming main character. I thought Desi was easy to relate to (at least I think a MG girl could relate to her) and she was a character that grew through the story. Life lessons were taught, and she certainly became a thoughtful and giving person.
The story itself was very cute. I loved that it took place in different places in the world. I also loved that it got us into the lives of others and saw their issues. While Desi tried to fix things for them she stuck by her own rule to be true to the Princess’s she was impersonating and the not company she worked for. This book really taught some good lesson’s, I thought.
Now as an adult I can say I liked this book. It was a fun and fast read. But if I was a middle grade girl I think I would have loved it! But as it is I give it 3/5 moons.
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