I received this book for free from Arthur A. Levine Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on May 26th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Source: Arthur A. Levine Books
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Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.
Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.
Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.
When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon - her best friend, Libby, who lives.
Reasons to read I Am Princess X
1. All about the friendship. Seriously, who doesn’t love a book that focuses on friendships of all relationships. Friends are important!
2. If you like books involving scavenger hunts, this book is for you. In the book, May has to put together a bunch of clues to find out what happened to her friend and how she might be able to find her. YAAAS.
3. The mystery. It comes with the scavenger hunt aspect of the novel but the book kept me on my toes. At one point while I was reading, my phone buzzed and I almost jumped out of my skin because I was so absorbed by the novel and the mystery.
4. The images. The comic strips with Princess X are amazing and I have so much love for the way they are weaved in throughout the story. I love the parallels. I love the illustrations. I LOVE PRINCESS X.
5. May has a good relationship with her dad. Her dad may not be on board with everything she says but he listens to her and doesn’t dismiss what she says. It’s kind of amazing, really. Who doesn’t love a good parent-child relationship?
6. Diversity. FUCK YEAH TO DIVERSITY. I love me some diversity.
7. All the characters are amazing. No one is a caricature and the characters are just well rounded. May is a fantastic female lead. Trick is a great friend, who is smart but not ultra smart and makes mistakes all the time. There is another character we meet who I absolutely adore and want to hang out with. Okay I’ll stop with the listing every single character thing.
8. I Am Princess X’s dress. Okay maybe that’s just me. Ever since I finished this book, I am kind of obsessed with it and want to own something like it. HALP.
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