TO CATCH A PRINCE by: Gillian McKnight
Author: Gillian McKnight
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Listed as Young Reader but could be considered Chick Lit.
Format: Print and e-book
Publisher: Simon and Scheuster
Publishing Date: 2011
****THERE ARE NO SPOILERS****
Synopsis: Stepsisters and best friends Helene Masterson and Alexis Worth could not be more different. One is preppy, one is punky; it’s a wonder they get along at all. But they do agree on something: how much they love royalty. When they get the chance to travel to exotic locations like London and Paris, where actual princes live, they know this is their only shot to become royalty themselves. Too bad other, non-prince boys keep popping up and trying to ruin everything.
Will Helene and Alexis give up their tiara-wearing dreams for their new (ridiculously cute) reality? Or is it really possible to catch that prince?
Review: Ok, I will admit it, this book was slightly silly BUT I will admit that reading the synopsis of the book made me extremely excited. I LOVE fairy tales and yes, I was one of those people that got up at 2:30 am to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton get married live on TV. So, when I read the synopsis of To Catch a Prince, I knew that I had to at least give it a try. Okay, Okay I will admit that there are several parts of the story that are a bit… shall we say, unlikely? For example: what 16 year olds traipse around London and Paris trying to find a Prince to date? Let’s be serious. However, if you can get over that fact, the rest of the book is pretty fun, comical, and fluffy. It is definitely a light read; nothing to complicated about it at all. The story circles around the two best friends and their quest to date a Prince because they are obsessed with Prince William (equally guilty over here).
The best part of the book was the chemistry between the two main characters. They are both best friends and stepsisters (and don’t forget they are teenagers too) so that means that the storyline will obviously be filled with friendship, drama, tears, and making-up. It’s a really great friendship novel and quite a fun novel in terms of the locales, as well.
Final Thoughts: The book is published as a Young Reader but I think it falls more in line with a Chick Lit or at least a Teen Romance novel. I think that the book would be relatable to teenagers or adults who want to re-live the fantasies of their teen years. Obviously, the book is implausible, cliché and quite unbelievable but really, it’s a great read when you want something light and airy. The tale of friendship and family drives the book and I couldn’t put it down. Overall, To Catch a Prince is a fun read for when you are on the beach or trapped indoors for the winter. Open up the book and let your mind wander back to the good old days of teenager dreams.