Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

Title: The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Author: Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Reading Level: Young Adult, 14+
Publication Date: April 7, 2009
Pages: 336
My Edition: ARC
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Rating: B
Plot - 17/20
Characters - 17/20
Writing - 18/20
Originality - 16/20
Entertainment - 8/10
Recommendation - 8/10
Total: 84/100

Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist -- after all, she's the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.

It doesn't help that she's gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He's a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy...but he's her dad, and Quinn's just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he's treated the many women in his life, how he's stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she's never met and the little sister she'll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father's wrongs...and in doing so, begin to uncover what they're really looking for: the truth.

I've always liked Deb Caletti. I've read all of her novels, besides the first, starting from her second to her last, this one, and they always seem to get better and better. This one continued that statement.

The beginning, like all of Caletti's other novels, was slow. It was hard to get into, simple, and you just had time to get to know the main character, Quinn. By the hundredth page it had picked up for sure. It was now really exciting and I couldn't stop reading it. I really wanted to find out where Quinn, her sister Sprout/Charlotte, her half-sister, and Jake would go and what stories would come out of it.

The fact that this novel was a roadtrip novel added to the yumminess of the novel. But the best aspect had to be the romance stories in it from everyone Quinn knows and the stories Quinn and the crew learn along the way. They were funny, sad, and heart-warming. It was hard not to love it.

Caletti once again accomplishes a riveting story with captivating storylines, strong female heroine, and wonderful writing. I have to say this may be one of her best. It was highly entertaining with laughs and hilarity.

The originality part of it came from the little stories in the novel that were apart from the novel. Little snippets of the people Quinn loves and the people her father once loved. It was all very funny and I loved reading them.

This novel is recommended to anyone who wants a light story that is funny, heartwarming, and something the will make you fall in love with. I recommend it so very much.


  1. I was thinking about reading this book, and it sounds pretty good. Thanks for the review.

  2. I loved this book! I just finished The Nature of Jade and really liked that one, too.

  3. Nice review. I haven't read any of her books, but I do want to check this one out definitely. I love the idea behind it and it seems to be a fun story.


  4. Sounds nice. I've always wanted to red Deb Caletti books. Hopefully I'll get my hands on this one soon.

  5. It seems a nice read and I've read good things about it. I haven't read any other books by this author but maybe is time to start.

  6. That bookcover always makes me chuckle! I am so immature! Oh, and I nominated you for an award on my blog.

  7. Wow I never read about this one till now and it oddly sounds familiar to my own life! scary huh? Good review :D

  8. I might bump this book up my TBR pile. I should really stop reading your reviews since I almost always end up bumping the books up and/or reading them after I read your reviews. :P

  9. This book brought helped me fine the true meaning of true love i was on a never ending quest to find love now iv found it.

  10. Pretty good book, I like how it is written with the journal entries.


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