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.
I don’t know what it was about The Princess of Iowa, but from the moment I saw it I had to read it. Not only was it gorgeous, but the premise sounded fantastic. I’ve been excited about it for quite awhile. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed when I finally started it.
I’ll go a head and get my more negative things out of the way because there were things that I really liked about the book. One of those things was not the main character, though. I’ve somehow read about 4 books right in a row with the spoiled-bratty-rich girl main characters. Maybe Paige just suffered from being the last in a long line of unlikeable characters I’ve read lately. Whatever it was I didn’t like her very much. She was super shallow to begin with and just plain bitchy sometimes. She did grow a lot. She also had all these horrible problems with her friends, which were understandable, but it seemed like she never actually discussed anything with them or even tried to. Lack of communication annoys me.
Those were my problems, but I also loved several things! The writing was gorgeous. It was one of those where you can’t believe it’s a debut because the writing is just so good. I also really loved the creative writing angle. It’s really added to the story for me. I pretty much adored Ethan, Shanti, and
Miranda. They were quirky and a lot of fun.
All in all, The Princess of Iowa was a good book. I wish I could have liked Paige more early on, but I did enjoy seeing her grow into a better person.