The Princesses of Iowa

The Princesses of Iowa

by M. Molly Backes
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The Princesses of Iowa 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm old. High school was a long time ago--but I loved this book.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Princesses of Iowa is a book about a high society girl who gets into an ‘accident’ with a bunch of her friends during her last days of her spring semester and ends up being exiled to work as a nanny in Paris. Now you might think this is glamorous, but in fact the time she spent there was of her wearing the baby’s food on her clothes and passed out on her very uncomfortable bed. When she returns to her senior year at school, she finds out that one of her friends, Lacey, is crippled from the accident, and the other one, Nikki is on the verge of becoming anorexic. Her boyfriend, Jake has become a bit distant and has been spending too much time with Lacey because of her crippled leg and her needing all the help and moral support she can get. This is where the problems start. Now, I really didn’t like how Paige, the female protagonist, at the beginning, stays quiet with the way Lacey was treating her, if a friend did this to me I would instantly confront her and try to understand WHY she is acting like this. Also Jake was a bit of a jerk and I couldn’t stand him. He is a jock and for some reason books always have this stereotype where jocks are all jerks who take fun in making fun of anyone who doesn’t conform to their ideas of ‘normal’, one of the victims was Ethan, a new student; they all call him a ‘fag’ and try to make fun of him any chance they get. Again, I really didn’t like how Paige just stood there and let them ridicule him while at the same time, later on she started to hang out with him and his friend Shanti ‘secretly’ and ignore them when she’s hanging out with the popular kids. Isn’t that just being a bit two-faced? I really liked Ethan and Shanti; they were the only two likable characters in this whole book. They were funny, totally amusing, and true to themselves. While Paige does start off as unlikable, I did like her character development and they way she handled things towards the end. The plot of the story was interesting, it is a contemporary novel that might relate to thousands of girls out there who have been a victim of having to follow the popular kids and maybe unresolved problems with friends. This book teaches you to stand up for yourself no matter the situation and in the end to do the right thing, which is something that many people run and cope out from. All in all, while The Princesses of Iowa might have gotten on my nerves at the first half of the book, the last half made up for it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personaly loved this book.The story line was pretty great, but could have been written slightly better. So anyways, The Princess Of Iowa is about a popular girl named Paige. She has two other '' best friends '' named Lacey and Nikki. Last Spring they all were in a car crash and that left Lacey crippled. Personaly I hated Lacey I thought that she was stuck up and rude and mean and didn't deserve anything that she had and it seemed like Nikki was always drunk so I did not favor her much. She also developes new friendships with a girl named Shanti and a boy named Ethan. Shanti is brilliant and opioniated and Ethan is sweet, kind and also smart. But her boyfriend Jake is occasionaly sweet but most of the time a jerk. I would reccomend this book to many customers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had a really good meaning. An excellent plot too
bookloverfl12 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was very relatable and a believable high school story. Quick and easy weekend read. You feel like you are a part of the story as you read. I was drawn to this book as I am from Iowa and it isn't very common to have books based in Iowa, don't know why not LOL This book is very realistic fiction and could have very well happened in Iowa. It brought me back to when I lived in Iowa and all the drama that happens when you live in a small town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought Lacey was a stuck-up prissy piece of crap and i would have loved for her to be all alone. I means Paige was babysitting all summer and Lacey didnt even give her a chance to explain which I think is dumb to begin with. The whole Jake and Lacey thing got on my nerves too. The least they could have done is be less couple-y and I dont think Jake was necessarily a jerk, just confused at times as to when he needed to take responsibility for his faults. I like how the book ended but it didnt explain if Lacey and Paige ever truly made up, because I know Nikki was fine with Paige. To be honest , my favorite character was Nikki, because unlike the other two, she actually tried to help educate more people about the dangers of drinking and driving, while the other two were busy being douchbags. Ethan and Paige are very sweet with each other and I'm glad they finally got together. It was a very enjoyable book and I think you should read it. <br> <br> ~QB
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