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If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?

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by Melissa Kantor

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When high school sophomore Lucy Norton�s father remarries, her life is turned upside down. She and her father move from their West Coast home to a suburb on Long Island. With a small bedroom in the unfinished basement, a wicked stepmother and bratty stepsisters, countless chores, a blank social calendar, and a huge crush on the dashing prince of the varsity basketball


When high school sophomore Lucy Norton�s father remarries, her life is turned upside down. She and her father move from their West Coast home to a suburb on Long Island. With a small bedroom in the unfinished basement, a wicked stepmother and bratty stepsisters, countless chores, a blank social calendar, and a huge crush on the dashing prince of the varsity basketball team, Lucy�s life has all the makings of a Cinderella story. So with all the characters in place, will Lucy get the prince and live happily ever after?

In this royally funny and romantic novel, Melissa Kantor explores the struggle of finding your true prince and more important -- yourself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kantor's (Confessions of a Not It Girl) modern Cinderella story has clever touches and adds a twist. After her father's marriage, Lucy is forced to live with her stepmother and two stepsisters on Long Island while he wraps up work back in California. When she inadvertently attracts the attention of Connor, the cutest senior jock at school, she goes from friendless to popular. But Lucy begins to realize she and Connor have nothing in common beyond their love of basketball; she doesn't connect with him the way she does with artist Sam. Meanwhile, her stepmother treats Lucy like a maid and even gets her in trouble with her dad. The author has some fun updating Cinderella: Lucy has to work taking coats and carrying dishes at her stepmother's dinner party, and instead of the ball, this novel culminates at the prom. (The frame allows for some funny lines, too, including the quote that also serves as the book's title.) Readers will likely think Connor's interest in her seems superficial, so it may come as little surprise when Lucy tries to picture herself "slow dancing with my perfect prince," and sees Sam instead. Her family problems resolve a bit easily, but there are some magical moments here, and Lucy comes across as a strong heroine. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Teen readers will relate to "Cinderella" Lucy Norton's woes. Transplanted from San Francisco to Long Island because of the marriage of her father, who continues to spend working weeks on the West Coast, she grapples with a pseudo-family existence with her step-monster, Mara, and her magpie twin stepsisters. Lucy's dual passions of basketball and art characterize her and help her make connections. Negotiating that minefield of adolescence, the high school cafeteria, she often takes a sandwich to the art room, where she enjoys the kindness of her teacher and meets Sam, a talented but rude artist. An astute remark about basketball gains her the attentions of Connor, the team star and all-around hunk. With his notice come Jessica and Madison, as friends. Lucy enjoys her rapid ride on the social surf, featuring drinking parties, melt-away kisses, even the much-sought-after prom invite, but her home life is still difficult-her stepmother "is trying to win some kind of bitch-of-the-year award." To confuse matters, she feels an artistic connection with Sam, whose conversation and interests make Connor seem more ornamental than substantial. While savvy readers will anticipate Lucy's ultimate pairing and improved family relationships, most teens won't be disappointed in the pleasant confection of wit, teen angst, shopping, girl talk, and flirtation. Kantor caters well to the witty-romance, girl-power book market, supplying a worthy offering for many who might not read otherwise.-Suzanne Gordon, Richards Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lucy Norton not only has a new stepmother to contend with, but her father has uprooted her cozy West Coast existence and taken her across the continent to Long Island. Dad commutes to his job in San Francisco, leaving Lucy with the wicked stepmother and the two evil little stepsisters. Lucy's new high school seems like a hostile environment until the most popular boy in school smiles at her, sending her stock flying through the roof. At home, Lucy suffers the indignity of living in the basement with no furniture while everyone else lives in relative luxury. She is, of course, made to do chores while the stepsisters get away with murder. Her stepmother and stepsisters are shallow, materialistic, spoiled and even dishonest. But things work out for Lucy in the end. Everyone finally appreciates her, plus she finds her true prince-and he is not the captain of the basketball team. The Cinderella theme here is beaten to a cliche-ridden pulp. Unoriginal and vapid. (Fiction. 12-14)

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Hyperion Books for Children
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5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa Kantor is a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband, the poet Ben Gantcher, and their son. She is the author of Confessions of a Not It Girl and The Breakup Bible. Visit her online at www.melissakantor.com.

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If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When reading this book, it almost seems that Lucy, the main character, is living a life exactly the same as Cinderella¿s. There are so many things that they have in common, you would think they are the same person. Some things that are similar with them, are their mothers are both dead, they both have two evil stepsisters, an evil stepmother, they are both friendless, and in addition, they are both looking for their one true love their prince. When Lucy moved down to New York, because her father had found a new wife, Mara, she was a perfect replica of Cinderella. She started hating her life her father was never home because he was finishing his work all the way in San Francisco, which left her alone with her new family. Along with Mara, came her two twin daughters. They are snotty, bratty, and always nagging on Lucy. Everything she did, wore, and said, seemed to be wrong. She is stranded in Glen Lake High, where she doesn¿t seem to ever get noticed. The only thing she has going for her, is art and basketball. Her life changes drastically one day, when the two most popular girls in school, Jessica and Madison, sit down at her lunch table. Along with them, came their handsome boyfriends, Matt and Dave. Their friend, Connor Pearson, who was also the star of the basketball team, joined them. Lucy had been crushing on him, ever since she moved to New York, and now, he was only feet away from her. He had never noticed her, so she didn¿t think this time would be any different. To her surprise, it was something, which changed the whole book, and made her happy to have done what she did. I recommend this book to teenage girls. They also need to be interested in drama, and true, life-like issues. I enjoyed this book, and I would definitely say anyone who liked these kinds of books, would definitely find it a favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If i have a wicked stepmother, then wheres my prince? was an amazing book. i read it when i was at the beach in like 2 hours!!! Lucy is just like any other high school student and anyone could relate. The ending was positivly amazing also! You should deffinatly buy it! :)
ChambersGirl More than 1 year ago
Poor Lucy! She lost her mother at a very young age and now, as a freshmen in high school, her father has remarried. The thing is, though, he couldn't marry a woman who lived in the same city or even the same side of the United States! No! He chose to marry a woman with twin divas who lives on the opposite side of the country!!! THEN - after they move he only comes "home" on the weekends, leaving her with the new wife and stepsisters all week long. Ugh! And the kicker? She may as well be invisible since no one at home, let alone school seems to know that she even exists. Ugh, what a miserable existence, until..... Connor Pearson.... Oh, yes, you heard right! Connor Pearson, only the most popular guy (SENIOR!) in school noticed her. Okay, so it wasn't HER so much as her knowledge and opinion in basketball that he noticed. But from that minute on, at least her school life came, well, to life! Suddenly everyone wanted to be her friend and Connor? Well, he's now her BOYFRIEND (squee). Hmmm... if everything is going so great with one of her lives, what does that mean? Does that mean that her glass slipper is about to fall? And when it does, which life will it fall from and who will take notice? If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? was an overall cute read. What I liked: The title is what caught my attention - great humor and spunk in the title. I loved how Lucy was always drawing similarities between her life and Cinderella's. I liked the artistic side of Lucy and how she also applied it to Basketball and her relationship with her dad. I have a soft spot for nerdy guys, so Sam was right up my alley. What I didn't like: How shallow and one dimensional the secondary characters were. I imagine this was by design since that's basically how they treated and interacted with Lucy - but I don't remember Connor ever referring to Lucy by name? As the book progressed, it seemed as though Lucy's character regressed into a more childish character: more tantrums, more spoiled behavior, etc. The ending was very quick to happen - realization, confrontation, and tie it up in a pretty (Happily Ever After) bow. All in all, as I said before, a cute read. Thank you, Ms. Kantor!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This was a very cute retelling of the Cinderella story with a few twists thrown in. This time we have Lucy Norton as the poor soul who has to deal with a stepmother and two terrible step sisters, and try to deal with her own school issues at the same time. Lucy is different than other girls in this role in that she is somewhat insecure to start, but gets very bold by the time the story ends. I have to say i cringed when I heard her dialog sometimes because its very snarky and at times whiny. I think that is more to drive the point that her situation is not perfect and could really do for some adjustment. But the only way change can be made is for those others to change it themselves. Thankfully, there is the happy ending for all and even with all the bad that happens, Lucy and her family, both old and new, get to share in that happy ending.
music10127 More than 1 year ago
Good I thought that this book was a great read but it was a little weird.
jlsmiley More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this book demonstrated the typical high school scene with a twisted scenario! It showed the value of true love and forgiveness. I read this toward the end of my senior year, and it made the idea of moving on leaving for college, and the value of friendship become so much more realistic. The last page was really moving! I actually cried because it truly moved me. I would highly recommend this book, especially for high school seniors! This book truly makes you think about your relationships with your classmates, and makes you rethink your actions! I loved this book, and would reread it over and over again!
yess_GURL More than 1 year ago
If you hate romances and love adventurous stories this book is definately not for you:). This is more like a romady which is a romantic comedy... if your not hip. I like this book it is entertaining for young teen girls, i find it being very relateable to that age group. This story is about a sophmore named Lucy Norton who doesnt neccisarily live the best life while living with her evil stepmom and evil twin step sisters. at school she isnt neccesarily the life of the party until she meets Connor Pearson the senior heart throb. She loves sports and the arts. But to see Lucy's transformation from not hot to burning up read " If I Have a Wicked Step Mother, Wheres My Prince?" to find out.
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Glimfire More than 1 year ago
Ms Melissa has really outdone herself. I read this a year ago on awhim and I thught I really wasn't going to get into it but ended up loving evey page. It's a one-in-a-century book with humor, a touch of romance, and a one of a kind ending. So you know, check it out. I know you're going to love it.
pateleo More than 1 year ago
I started this book with not too many hopes, I was just passing the time really. I was enjoying the book up until about the last two chapters. The story switched paces far too abruptly for my taste. It didn't develop the relationships between Lucy and her two 'beaus' well enough. Suddenly she realized that she actually didn't like her boyfriend when in fact one chapter ago she was perturbed that he would be looking at another girl. Then in the last chapter she just goes off with the actual guy she likes. It never concludes anything, I have a pit in my stomach from reading this book. I feel like it is not complete and there should be some finality to the story, the author gave the impression of a conclusion, but nothing concrete. Overall I found this book entirely disappointing.
Novella_vialli More than 1 year ago
Don't try and deny the fact that when something bad happens to us we often do question ourselves about the whereabouts our 'prince'. Much is the case with Lucy. She has a stepmother and two stepsisters. But just because she makes them out to be evil doesn't actually mean that they are and just because you're dating the popular jock he's your 'prince'. Sometimes to find everything you have to look a little harder because everything really is in front of you. Altogether is book was a very quick read and i guess for being such a book i found it really shocking that i wanted to find out what was going to take place in the next chapters. Plus i got this feeling when Sam was introduced that he was the one for Lucy. I don't know why but i get that feeling quite a lot when reading books. I find out pretty fast who the main character is going to end up with. Content: Clean Profanities: none Recommended: to all those looking for a light read
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AnyaLove More than 1 year ago
I read "...Where's My Prince" and it was absolutley fantastic! Perfect comparison from modern times to cinderella. Our main protagonist,Lucy Norton was completely comfortable with her father, until her remarries. They move form San Francisco to Long Island, displacing her form her comfort zone. To add insult to injury, his new wife is horribly abusive verbally,and her two daughters are spoiled rotten brats. Lucy's fatehr is transfered due to his job, so he is never home, allowing Mara, the stepmother, to make her sleep in the basement and give ehr all the chores of the house. Lucy quickly realizes this is her life now, and grudgingly accepts her fate. She constantly wonders where her Prince Charming is...until he arrives out of the blue! Definately worth a double take, Lucy finds herself in this critical point of life. It's a powerful impact on life, and gives an inspiring peek at what teenagers really do go through.
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BookFiend10 More than 1 year ago
What I really liked about this book was that it was different the all the other Cinderella based stories you see now a days. Lucy Norton is an artist who loves basketball, which is a little on the strange side...but in many ways shes a lot like Cinderella. Lucy's mother died, her wicked stepmother ignores her and makes her live in the basement, which irritated me quite a bit...! What really got on my nerves was that her Dad totally ignore her and didn't listen to her shouts for help when she was getting cornered by her overemotional stepmother, Mara, who's feelings get hurt by the smallest things. The twins, what can be said about the twins... Well their snotty, spoiled, totally rude, and did I mention snotty??? Jessica and Madison got on my nerves some of the time...they just seemed so...into themselves it kind of made you sick to your stomach after awhile. Lucy would try and show them a piece of art and they'd be all like 'oh cool, hey guess who broke up with whom!' It was all gossip, shopping, and more gossip for those two. Conner...what can be said about Conner... Well I've got one thing to say about him...actually I've only got two things to say about him. He drank way to much and was way to obssesed about basketball!! I mean when ones relationship is only about talking about basketball, that's a warning singal all on it own, your relationship is doomed from the beginning. But I've got to say what I liked most about the book was that it had a great twist at the end that I loved!! Now I'm not going to tell you what that twist entails, but I'll say that it's a great twist to a great book!!
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EM4 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing it wasn't just another "Cinderella story" where the girl ends up with the prince and the stepmother and evil stepsisters get sent somewhere else or die but Lucy ends up with someone very unexpected! The ending was a shock to me I thought she would end up with Prince Charming but WOW what a surprise. I loved this book I could really relate, I have a stepmother that acts like Mara and one stepsister that takes place for the princesses. Although sometimes I make think they are horrible cruel and evil they are actually really nice. And that is what shocked me most about the ending. I really feel bad for Lucy because she has to change her whole life style and move all the way across the country and go to a new high school and meet new friends which is not the easiest thing to do in high school. I loved the book it was nonstop action I never wanted to put it down! It is a must read book!
BAW123 More than 1 year ago
This book is by far... amazing! I highly recommend it to everyone. If your looking at this book, theres no doubt about it in my mind that you will LOVE it!
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