Review: The Princesses of Iowa - M. Molly Backes

Review: The Princesses of Iowa - M. Molly Backes - May 2012

One thing about having a lot of books on your kindle is that you never know what you are in the mood to read and it may take you a while to get around to a book that's been sitting there waiting for the pages to open. The other day I decided to go through my kindle list and pick up one that I had sitting there and grabbed "The Princesses of Iowa". Most of the time, I pick up a book I have a fair idea what it's about, but sometimes I don't and in this case I didn't. In this book it starts off with a party and three friends Paige, Lacey and Nikki. The story begins with Paige accidentally hooking up with Preston whilst she has a boyfriend Jake.  Lacey sees it and threatens to tell Jake , during this time they decide to leave and argue over the keys as they are both all a bit wasted and drunk. One of them decides to drive and tragedy ensures when they are involved in a car wreck. The Princesses of Iowa tends to be more Paige's story than the others and we learn that after the accident, Paige was shipped off to family friends in Paris to be an Au Pair to their baby . Now the break is over and they are back for their year but things are different now. Lacey was injured in the accident and walks with a cane and has Jake spending a bit too much time with her and Nikki is just plain Nikki - she reminded me of Amanda Seyfried's character in Mean Girls. As the year goes along, it will be an eye-opener for Paige as she discovers who she really is and what she wants out in life and that sometimes all you need is a little push in a different direction to learn what your true colours really are and who are your real friends and not.
The Princesses of Iowa was an edgy teen read that focused on the dramas of high school life from friends, frenemies, boyfriends, teachers and even touched based on Drunk Driving and Homophobia. 



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