Rated: Â 8 stars
We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. But have you ever heard of Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly Miller? Of course you havenâ€™t. Not yet. What these girls have in common with their fairy tale sisters is this: they are the stepdaughters of three very evil stepmothers. And theyâ€™re not happy about it. They think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam Mount McKinsey, a posh boarding school located in lovely rural Massachusetts. Here is where they will plot their revenge. But first they have to meet.
In her first novel, Lily Archer tells a knowing, wickedly funny story about how friendship just may turn out to be more happily-ever-after than family.
This is a perfect read for young adults; its witty yet heart-warming. As someone going through my own parent's divorce, I found it easy to understand the motives behind each character's actions. Â The author writes her story through the eyes of three very different girls, allowing any girl to connect to at least of one - a very smart move on her part. Â There's Molly, the kind of shy/geeky girl, Alice, the kind of artsy/brooding girl, and Reena, the stylish/confident girl. Â The story is well-written, and manages to infuse humor into almost every scene. Â Emotions go from your regular teenage angst to hilarity as each girl discovers how to deal with having a new, unpleasant family member.
I was impressed with this book as a young adult novel - most tend to rely on soap opera drama rather than a good plot and prose. An entertaining and insightful read for women and girls alike.
Young adult readers, especially young women.