03 October 2011

{Book Review + Blog Tour} Just Your Average Princess

By: Me My Shelf And I | 03 October 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | | |

10191884Just Your Average Princess
Author: Kristina Springer
Pages: 197
Release Date: October 11th 2011
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Format: ARC
Rating 2.5 Birds

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!

We are the first stop on the Just Your Average Princess Blog Tour put on through The {Teen} Book Scene. Be sure to stop in tomorrow and catch an interview with JYAPs author, Kristina Springer.

Just Your Average Princess is really, just your average book.

It’s a fun fast read that you can easily blow through in a few hours at it’s 197 page weight. It has teen rivals, long time crushes, with a sprinkle of Hollywood and a major heaping of pumpkins. A typical realistic fiction.

It has that “After School Special” kind of feeling to it, in my opinion. What I mean is, at the beginning there’s trouble, but after a half hour the end credits start to roll with the intense music that makes you realize just how serious the situation was as someone prepares to deliver a heartfelt apology. Everything gets hugged out, and everyone lives happily ever after. The End.

This can be both a good thing and a bad thing for a book, for instance with JYAP I felt like right when thing was starting to get good, suddenly the whole cast of the book has an attack of conscious and they all become BFFL! (?!) Very disappointing because it built and built and then it just fizzled out. I was seriously rooting for some cat fighting or at least a serious screaming match between Jamie and Milan. And I think, had that been tossed in it would have made the book a little more believable.

The setting to the story, the Edwards Pumpkin Farm is a great place for this book to be held. Not only do we not see this very often in YA, since most books lean more toward the happy suburban towns and sunny landscapes -  but it strikes close to my heart living in the Midwest and enjoying our local farms in the fall. Jamie takes her job on the farm very seriously and shows she’s beyond her years in this aspect. However, in almost all other aspects she doesn’t feel like the 16 year old she’s written to be. 12-14, maybe.

In fact, I got this feeling a lot in the book, like JYAP was a Middle Grade book masquerading as a Young Adult.  I felt it in Jamie's demeanor, in the way the struggle in the book is sorted out and how quickly, and in how it reads. Drop the word “sex” from being used so much, and drop Jamie’s age to match her attitude and it very well could have been a MG. Nothing wrong with MG books of course, just a bit of a shock to have it read like one. Not what I was expecting.

I’m giving JYAP 2.5 birds because I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t love it. I’m in a middle place about it. I think you should give it a shot yourself and let me know how you feel about it too. You can find Just Your Average Princess and all of Kristina's other books by following links below to her social networking sites.

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2 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this one yet, but it sounds great. I now have another book to add to my TBR list - thank you for sharing! :)

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  2. i think this looks so adorable! sorry it wasn't the best for you. thanks for the review!

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