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Every Girl's Dream,
This review is from: Princess for Hire (Paperback)
Every girl dreams of being a princess, but sometimes the life of a princess isn't so great. This is where Facade can step in. A magical agency that provides surrogates for princesses who need to escape from the attention and pressure for a while, Facade are professional, efficient and ultra fashionable.
Desi is a normal, everyday girl. She goes to high school, has a part time job in a pet store and is not in with the popular crowd. She wishes her life could be different and voila, in steps Meredith, an agent for Facade who has spotted Desi's magical potential. Desi is quickly whisked away to Facade HQ in Paris, undergoes a rigorous first assignment as a test and begins her life as a surrogate princess. She steps in for an shy princess with a domineering older sister and an Amazonian princess who must perform a ritual to become a woman. Not everything goes to plan. Desi has trouble sticking to the strict Facade guidelines; act as your princess would act, do not become involved and do not change anything. She feels the need to make an impact, to make things better for her princesses but she doesn't always get things right. Her mistakes mean that her future as a princess subsitute is under threat and she has just one more chance to prove that she is worthy. Her desire to help hinders her once more however, when she gets involved in a love triangle involving her princess, the Duchess Olivia and the romantic, although slightly geeky, Prince Karl.
Princess for Hire is a riot of a read. We've all wanted to do something more glamorous with our lives but Desi shows that living the high life is not all it promises to be. Princesses are people and often have the same problems, but living in other people's shoes gives Desi the confidence to do something about her own life, like ditching her crush, who is clearly no good. Desi is a really likeable character and you can quickly warm to her motive to do good and her normal, girl next door personality. Added to this everyday character is the very unusual premise of a magical agency, staffed with beautiful and charming ladies who are all fashionable and well connected. This adds the glamour, and quite often the humour, that lift this book from an easy read for girls into an pretty amusing and entertaining story. Its a natural progression from Jacqueline Wilson style novels into something a little more grown up, but still keeps its charm.