Monday, August 2, 2010

Review: Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess by Jerramy Fine


Once upon a time there lived a little girl who dreamed of being a princess one day. Unfortunately, in spite of her best efforts, young Jerramy couldn't prove she was of royal lineage (despite a strong belief that she was switched at birth), and consequently had to settle for marrying a prince to fulfill her dearest wish. This unusual quest led Jerramy to England, in pursuit of one prince in particular - dashing Peter Phillips, who happened to be precisely her age. And that's how Jerramy Fine found herself in London, kissing pirates in lighthouses and sharing a flat with gorgeous male models. But real life can't always be a fairy tale, and Jerramy soon learns that sometimes a girl's got to kiss a lot of toads before she finds her happily ever after.

This memoir feels like a conversation with the author - intimate, personal, friendly. The language is eloquent and the narrative flow is fluid. There are several recurring motifs -- of people and places and ideas -- that tie the vignettes together. Though a memoir, this story reads like a fairy tale, modernized by contemporary codes of conduct and lively teenage debauchery: Cinderella meets Gossip Girl. Yet there are moments of real-world perspective amid the glitz and glamor that give it more depth than a fairy tale fantasy. The narrative occasionally becomes a deeper look at social structures, juxtaposing poverty with the shine of royalty and privilege and relating the princess fetish to the philanthropy and open-mindedness of the late Princess Diana. When Fine ultimately makes her pilgrimage to that beloved icon's final resting place, the memoir takes on a deeper emotional tone, sobering the reader and the narrator.

This is not just the story of a girl but the story of a society, evoking the dazzling intricacies of British culture, full of history and tradition and the air of regality, with as much knowledge as admiration. The many footnotes and asides on the English monarchy make for an interesting and memorable history lesson (I owe a correct Jeopardy answer to Fine's description of the royal family tree). Fine creates a compelling blend of cultural tidbits, life lessons, personal anecdotes and powerful quotes. Though the condescending manner of several people can be off-putting at times, it effectively conveys the sense of class consciousness pervading the novel and the described social circles. Fine's later adventures certainly evoke sympathy; the first-person conversational style of the narrative engage the reader on a personal level, strongly conveying the emotional highs and lows experienced by the author. Though some of the more elaborate adventures are probably not relatable to the average reader, it is still a thrilling flight of fancy to be taken along for the ride.

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Click here to purchase Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this novel from the publisher. This did not affect my review in any way.







Don't forget to come back tomorrow (August 3) to read a fun interview with author Jerramy Fine and enter to win a copy of Someday My Prince Will Come!








Many thanks to Casey Maloney at Penguin for coordinating the interview and providing both the review and giveaway copies!

15 comments:

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Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

I love to read stories of visiting one's dream country and stories of getting culture shocked in another country--and this one is definitely a combination of both!

The deeper look at social structures and British culture as a whole sounds great, too.

Thanks for the review, Casey! =)

Judit said...

I've always been fascinated by british social life and country itself so i guess this book should be something for me. The fact that its a memoir is exciting for me, because i don't read this kind of books very often.

Thank you very much for the review :)

misha1989 said...

Thanks a lot for the review! The book sounds really interesting

angelatarantula said...

AMAZING review. this book itself sounds like it could be fiction, it just sounds so intriguing. It sounds so different and really fascinating! Definitely going to get a copy of this book!

Kirthi said...

I'm a strong believer in happy endings, hopefully this has one! And oooh, a prince! ^_^ I love it!

(Bookish)InABox said...

Thanks for stopping by the Hop! This sounds like a cute book. :-)

Pink Panther said...

Cinderella meets Gossip Girl? Sounds pretty intriguing! I am definitely hooked. Thanks for this lovely review! :)

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

Thank you for this review! It really sounds like a book I would like to read. I love the idea of following your dreams no matter how far they may take you! Great review!

Cass said...

Cinderella meets Gossip Girl? Never watched/liked Gossip Girl, but I love PLL, which gets constantly compared to GG. This sounds pretty interesting. Reading the blurb, I thought this would be a YA novel, but it's a memoir? What a surprise! This sounds lovely. Thanks for the review!

Maddie McPhail said...

awesome review!(:

LilMissMolly said...

I'm not a big contemporary fan, but this book sounds great. I'm very much into Cinderella stories.

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Wonderful review, thank you! Loved your characterization of Cinderella crossed with Gossip Girl :-)

It also makes me curious that this book is a memoir, would love to see how that works, but I'm intrigued by the story.

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