Monday, May 9, 2011

Princess for Hire

Princess for Hire
by Lindsey Leavitt
Princess for Hire, book one

When an immaculately dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and asks you if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you
a) run
b) faint
c) say Yes!
For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C--that is, once she can stop pinching herself. As her new agent Meredith explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula "Royal Rouge," she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don't know? Or when a princess's conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off--and you know she would want you to change his mind?

In this hilarious, winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time. (description taken from

This was a great, great "princess" tale. Desi is a girl who begins by doubting herself, but when presented the chance to remake herself...well, sort of...she decides to have IMPACT on the world. IMPACT. I loved that word choice. Not to be popular...not to be beautiful...but to have IMPACT. What a great thought.

Desi's desire to have impact then translates to teaching the princesses she subs for to have impact in their own lives. The ultimate pay it forward scenario. I loved it. I cannot wait to read the second book and see how Desi inspires even more women around her.

1 comment:

  1. hello, i am from hong kong, i am reading this book~