Wednesday, January 11

Just Your Average Princess by Kristina Springer

Just Your Average Princess by Kristina Springer
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Farrer, Straus And Giroux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 208

Summary: Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie!

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Jamie who has worked on her families pumpkin patch mostly all of her life. Its what she does. Its who she is. So she's super excited that this year she is going to run for Pumpkin Princess. She also has her eyes on a boy named Danny that she has pined after forever. She just wants him to ask her out already. This pumpkin season she wants all her dreams to come true and she thinks she might actually have the guts to achieve them.

Until her snarky cousin Milan shows up from California. Milan is everything Jamie isn't. Milan is outgoing while Jamie is somewhat shy. Milan is high maintenance while Jamie wears overalls and her hair in pigtails most days. Jamie used to get along with her cousin as kids but her cousin has completely changed and grew up.

Milan comes into the picture and starts hanging around Danny, she wants to run for pumpkin princess, she spends time with Jamie's parents so of course its human nature for Jamie to start to get jealous.

I thought the book was enjoyable as a fun read but there were times that Jamie did ramble on a bit much and annoy me a little bit. I think this felt more like a light read that can be enjoyed but your probably not going to get emotional over it. I really liked how it took place in Illinois. I loved all the descriptions of the pumpkin patch and the events that went on at the pumpkin patch. I loved the face paining, the Carmel apples, the lattes. Reading about it me me crave all of them!

I really enjoyed the storyline and the plot of this one.

Overall: Was a fun read. Didn't love it but did really like it. Liked the characters, liked all the descriptions, this book is definitely a book to read around Halloween. It will totally set you in the mood to go pumpkin hunting to find the right one! Just Your Average Princess was a cute and fun read.

Cover: I adore the cover. I love how the girl is sitting atop the hay. I love how she has a dress on and boots. Its very neat!

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Jennifer Rummel said...

I really liked this read - cute, fun, and perfect for fall!

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

I felt the same way about it--it was a light fun read. I read this one in fall, and it was a great pick for the season. One thing that bothered me was that she named the town Average--I think it could have been more credible with a realistic town name rather than something generic. I know that probably sounds silly and superficial, but for some reason it bothered me. If she had named it Grabill, IL I never would have even blinked--Average just didn't sound real to me. Maybe I'm just too picky.

Vivien said...

It does sound like a cute one. While maybe not too engaging...still a good easy read for an afternoon.

ansindt said...

The cover looks like a fun read=) Thanks for the review!

Unknown said...

I really like the cover of this book and it seems really good. Thanks for sharing!

Maji Bookshelf said...

aww the cover looks so CUTE! i actually had this on my contemporary list! I guess with contemporaries its a hit or miss. I do adore the cover and i might pick it up sometime :D

great review!

- juhina


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