Author: Kristina Springer
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie!Review: The premise of Just Your Average Princess by Kristina Springer sounded really promising and adorable and when I saw it at my library, I decided to check it out! While it was a quick read and it was cute, as I thought it would be, this book wasn’t exactly what I has expected.
Jamie is your typical girl-next-door kinda character. She works hard at her family’s Patch and has a loving family and friends and has been crushing on that cute guy for a while now. Enter her super spoiled, Hollywood starlet cousin who turns Jamie’s life upside down. The thing with this book was the fact that the plot had a lot of potential to be different but it was really simple and predictable. I knew mostly what was going to happen throughout the book and that really took away from me loving this book.
Jamie was a good character but her rambling got on my nerves a lot of times and I also felt that she was naive too. I had to remind myself that she was a seventeen-year-old girl instead of a pre-teen because that’s what she came off as. I’m not saying that she was a horrible character or anything and she did have some redeeming qualities, I just wish she had been written better. Milan was a character I could not like at all. She drove me insane and I really wanted to just jump in and slap her hard across the face.
Overall, Just Your Average Princess was a quick, fun read but it lacked in character development, a predictable plot that wasn’t really formed. I think you should still give it a try but I wasn’t satisfied with what I read.
Cover Comments: 5/5—It's adorable!