My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Pure fluff that involves a princess who simply wants her happy ever after…
Synopsis from publisher:
Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.
A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in this contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.
Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.
Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.
I was a bit conflicted when it came to actually rating this book, cause I liked it, but then at the same time, I found aspects of it to be super annoying.
To begin with, Alyssa, the MC, is an theme park princess who is very dedicated to her job. I liked that her dedication wasn’t superficial, but because she genuinely loves her job and takes pride in giving the park visitors a great experience: so, while I can’t fault her in that, I will say that I found her expectations when it came to her prince charming to be pretty ridiculous.
Alyssa’s boyfriend – her prince charming – A.K.A. Jake, pretty much bothered me from the moment he first walked up onto the page. Alyssa is so excited for his arrival after having parted ways the previous summer, but he proves to be indifferent towards her feelings, and there are just so many sketchy moments, that I’m surprised it takes so long for Alyssa to recognize them…but then again, she does believe it’s love with this guy… Still, I just couldn’t get over how she continued to push her suspicions away.
But fortunately, we have Miller.
Miller makes things right.
His role in this book proves that sometimes your prince charming is the one you might least suspect. Cheesy, yes, but it’s so true in this case. He’s a real sweetie, and though his moments are few at first, his role does grow, as well as his friendship with Alyssa.
So, yeah, cute and cheesy.
The story progression was a bit slow at first, which had me bored for a good portion of it, and then the ending itself felt a bit rushed. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a good ending – but considering how slow the pacing was, I was surprised things accelerated so quickly towards the end.
Anyway, weird progression aside – as well as things annoying me in general – I liked this book well enough, and will recommend it if you’re looking for a sweet and cheesy contemporary read.
Thank you to Swoon Reads via Netgalley for giving me this copy in exchange for an honest review.