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Royally Jacked by Niki Burnham

June 16th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: Valerie’s life is pretty good. While she’s not the most popular girl in school, she does have decent grades, great friends, and a potential boyfriend. All a girl could want.

Then her mother announces that (1) she’s gay, and (2) she’s leaving Valerie’s dad for her girlfriend. Not what Valerie envisioned for her future. And just when Valerie is getting over this bombshell, her father tells her he’s gotten a new job as protocol chief for the royal family of some obscure European country.

Valerie’s world has come unglued. She can either stay in Virginia with her mom and her über-organized, veggie-burger-eating girlfriend, or go with her dad, leaving everything she knows for some place she’s never heard of. Valerie opts to go, and quickly discovers that it was a mistake — until she meets the prince, and all bets are off!

I chose this book because after reading The Chosen One I really needed something light and uplifting.  This was a great book to pick.  It was really cute and a very quick read.  The only problem is I did not realize it’s part of the series and I do not have the next book!  Uh oh.  I want to know what happens with Valerie and the two guys she is crushing on.

What the book blurb doesn’t tell you is before moving to Europe the guy Valerie has been crushing on finally starts to show some interest and then off she goes.  Once she arrives at the palace she meets Prince Georg and immediately develops a connection with him.  Who will she end up with?

Valerie is your typical teenager who is going into crisis mode when her mom announces the divorce and that she now has a girlfriend.  Instead of coming across as bratty I found Valerie really likeable and I enjoyed her sense of humor and occasional embarrassing faux paus.  It made her easy to relate to and made this book a lot of fun to read.  Valerie’s dad was also a great character.  I never really thought of there being  a person who advises presidents and kings on proper etiquette and now I wonder if this is a real position some where.  Inquiring minds want to know?  I will definitely be on the look out for the next book, Spin Control.

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