Title: The Princess and The Pauper
Author: Kate Brian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: May 1, 2004
Carina, a real European princess, is dying to hook up with the sexy American rock star she met online. Too bad about all those bodyguards watching her every move. Then Carina spots her down-and-out near-twin, Julia. For a fast ten grand, Julia grabs the gown and the crown, and the girls swap identities for a day.
Before long, Princess Carina is trapped on a skeevy bus full of roadies, and Pauper Julia is jetting off to...some small foreign country?
Only a storybook ending can get these two posers back to where they belong.
I thought This book is the classic Cinderella-meets-Pauper type of story. When I gave it a try, I was expecting just another cliché plot; boys meets girls and everyone lives happily ever after. But boy I was wrong! The moment I read about Julia and her troubles, it immediately piqued my interest. How would someone as practical as Julia agree to something so impetuous? Why would a pretentious princess like Carina want to 'hook up' with someone she barely knew?
There were all these questions I had at the beginning but Brian made it all work out in the end. It constantly threw completely unexpected scenarios at me. It made the plot more original and more comical. I enjoyed reading it all the way to the end.
The Bottom Line: Read it. It'll be worth it. A- :-)