If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? by Melissa Kantor {Review}

29 September 2011
Title: If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?
Author: Melissa Kantor
Publisher: Hyperion
Date: September 1st 2005
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780786809608
Source: Traveling book box
Purchase: If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?

Summary from Goodreads:

Wicked stepmother? Check. Evil stepsisters? Check. Miserable life? Check.

Lucy Norton’s life has all the makings of a Cinderella story. Her dad’s always away on business, leaving Lucy with her cruel stepmother and bratty stepsisters. She’s burdened with chores, and has a hard time fitting in at her new school. So when she sees Connor Pearson, the star player on the varsity basketball team, Lucy hopes her destiny has finally changed. With everything else going on in her life, doesn’t she at least deserve to get the handsome prince?

Melissa Kantor’s enchanting novel proves that sometimes the happy ending isn’t quite the one you’d expect. Lucy’s about to discover the truth about finding her real Prince Charming… and finding herself.

My Thoughts:
I picked up the book for the title and cover alone. I didn't really bother to read the back and really I wish I had.
The book took forever for me to get into, and it wasn't for lack of trying. The writing was perfect and the detail was great, I just felt like I couldn't connect to Lucy the main character. Okay, her mother is an artist that dies when she is a baby and then after so many years (she's a teenager) her father remarries and she has to move. I understand her not liking the new stepmother and the step-sisters, but really? She complains throughout the whole book, she has no friends, has a crush on the star basketball player and her dad is almost never home.
I guess after watching a hundred different Cinderella story movies and not really liking the whole Cinderella fairy tale to begin with, may have made me a little cynical while reading.
After everything in the boy and friend department starts going good for Lucy, she really changes and thinks that she is all that just because she is dating the star basketball player. It's a classic move with most authors and really turned me off the book. There is the normal, talk of them drinking, making out and al the stuff high schoolers are known to do. Lucy continues to have issues with her stepmother and the step-sisters, and of course she feels as though her father doesn't care about her because he is never there.
I had to keep reading after being almost done with it and of course Lucy had to start falling for someone else, and then all of a sudden she isn't happy with everything she has. The ending was too abrupt for me and I believe that Melisa could have gotten to that point faster and then expanded on it more.

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