Book Review–The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

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This is the 6th book from my 115 in 2015 Reading Challenge.

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
Published April 7th, 2009 by Simon Pulse

Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist — after all, she’s the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.

It doesn’t help that she’s gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He’s a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy…but he’s her dad, and Quinn’s just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he’s treated the many women in his life, how he’s stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she’s never met and the little sister she’ll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father’s wrongs…and in doing so, begin to uncover what they’re really looking for: the truth.

Once again, Deb Caletti has created a motley crew of lovably flawed characters who bond over the shared experiences of fear, love, pain, and joy — in other words, real life.

 

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Plot:

The beginning was a little hectic at first, but once Quinn discovered the items in her father’s house, things got much more exciting. At times this book was hard to put down because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I’ve always been a sucker for road trip themed books.

Setting:

Since this is a book with a road trip, there are several settings. Not too much emphasis is put on all of them, but I found the town in Canada to be the neatest place, as well as Joelle and Frances Lee’s town.

Characters:

Quinn was a bit difficult to like at first, but she grew on me. I loved her sisters, Sprout and Frances Lee, and pretty much all the women in her family. I also liked Jake and Brie pretty well. Quinn’s grandmother had me in hysterics.

Relationships:

There’s several relationships in this one, and I think it was neat to see how Quinn’s dad had affected all of his past lovers. Quinn’s own relationship with her dad was interesting and complicated. I loved the relationships that Quinn had with the female side of her family, especially her little sister, though the one with her older half-sister was also intriguing.

I was expecting the romantic relationship the moment he was introduced, but I ended up liking and rooting for them.

Writing/Voice:

The beginning felt wordy, but I grew to mostly enjoy this as the book went on. While I liked the little personal stories scattered throughout the book told from the different female POVs, some seemed a little unnecessary.

Ending:

Definitely bittersweet, just like real life can be. Everything was tied up nicely by the end.

Overall:

Overall, I really liked this one. If you want a fun book with colorful characters, complicated family relationships, and a road trip quest, this is right up your alley.

 

 

4halfstars

 

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