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Forever Princess: The Princess Diaries Vol. X

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I started reading these books when I was in Junior High and I was excited when I saw there was a final book to the series. I didn't read the 2 books before this one, but I was able to figure out when happened. I've always enjoyed the series, but thought Mia was too whiny and it got a little annoying. In this book, you can clearly see how much she's matured. I really liked the person she has become. I always thought her friendship with Lilly was toxic, so I'm glad they spent 2 years apart from each other. It allowed her to develop friendships with some other great people. I never thought I'd like Lana, but she's a good friend for Mia, she's fun and good for a quick laugh. Tina is the kind of friend she can depend on now what matter what. She doesn't get mad at her for lying about her romance novel, while Lilly would have freaked out and made everything about her, like she always did. Being away from her helped Mia to become more assertive and strong. Plus what kind of crappy friend starts [...]? even if you were in a fight how immature! In the end, you see that Lilly was sorry for what happened between them and you understand what caused her to act the way she did. She helped Mia when it really mattered and I'm glad they worked out their differences. The only thing about Mia that bothered me was how dense she was about J.P. I saw what a douche he was right away. She already dated someone she didn't really like that much(Kenny) so you think she would have learned her lesson that the only guy for her was Michael! I love Michael and he didn't disappoint in this book :) Overall a much better ending to the series then the Princess Diaries 2 movie. I'm sad it's over, but its nice to have a resolution to a series I started years ago!
Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume

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I never realized how big an impact Judy Blume has made on so many girls' lives! She played such a huge role in my childhood and clearly I'm not the only one. I decided to pick this book up because a couple of my favorite authors had written essays for this anthology.They did not disappoint and I enjoyed really most of the other authors' essays as well. They took different approaches to the topic, but I think that made the book more well rounded and not too repetitive. I enjoyed being reminded of the many Blume books I had read, as well as hearing about new ones that I missed. Definitely makes me want to read some more of Blume's work and re-read some of the other ones. I would have liked to see more variety in what stories were recounted, but I understand that the ones picked were the most relatable to the authors. Overall a must read for any Blume fan!
Minding Ben: A Novel

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Minding Ben is a young immigrant's story of coming to America and trying to build a new life for herself. There were so many obstacles in her way, unfortunately most of the problems she faced were caused by the people around her. It was heartbreaking to watch both the family she lived with and her employers walk all over her. Grace is a naive girl and the people around her take advantage of her. It made me angry to read about the things the employers make her do and the way they talk down to her. I know the author based the story on her experience, and I hope for her sake she didn't have to deal with people as horrible as the ones in book. I will say the story was interesting enough to keep me wanting to read it and find out what was going to happen next. I do wish the the author talked more about Grace's first year in America and took the time to explain who certain people were. I also wish she had made Grace a stronger character who could stick up for herself once in awhile. The ending was also too abrupt and hard to believe. I really wanted more insight into Grace's future plans. This book isn't really what I expected when I read the description of the book because it barely talked about Grace's day to day life as a nanny, but it did shed light on the kind of people who would hire illegal immigrants and take full advantage of them. Overall I would say it was worth reading.
Love the One You're With

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I think a lot of people can really relate to the concept of this book. What if the one that got away comes back into your life? Do you give them a second chance or do you let them go all over again? Emily was able to put such an interesting spin on this concept that I honestly didn't know if Ellen would stay with her husband or decide to take a chance on Leo. I think Emily's writing style is very unique and is really able to make you think and question your own life and decisions. I'm not sure why anyone would consider her writing as nothing other than "fluff". She has a lot of talent and I can't wait to read more novels of hers in the future!
Twenties Girl: A Novel

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I was really impressed with this novel. I loved the shopaholic series and couldn't wait to read other books by sophie. Undomestic goddess was pretty good, loved remember me, but twenties girl was by far the best! It started off kinda slow and the main character Lara kept making a fool out of herself by talking to a ghost(her great aunt sadie) in public, but it just kept getting better and better. Sadie helped Lara to become a better person and Lara was able to show Sadie she really had made an impact on the world and she was loved. It was a really creative, funny story. Definitely a must read!
Swept off Her Feet

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Evie Nicholson is an antiques appraiser and loves her job. She feels a strong connection to the past and is often swept up in fantasies of who used to use the items she encounters or the places they might have been. Evie's sister Alice is the complete opposite of her. She is very organized and does not like any type of clutter. She would love to clear Evie's home of all the antiques she feels are a waste of space. When Alice sets Evie up with a family who owns a castle full of artifacts and heirlooms that need to be appraised, Evie jumps at the chance. This is her dream job and the castle does not disappoint. When she meets Robert McAndrew, the heir, she is surprised to find out he does not appreciate the history of the castle and feels most of it is useless clutter. Evie makes it her mission to change his mind and help him see the importance of keeping the castle in his family. When Alice backs out of the ball being thrown at the castle at the last minute, she needs Evie to fill in for her. This would require Evie to learn how to dance multiple Scottish Reels in a matter of days, and dancing is not one of her strong traits. The ball would be one of her fantasies come true, but she is worried she'll be the only thing that doesn't measure up. Luckily for her, she has many people willing to step in and help her learn, including Robert, who she is starting to see in a different light. I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting to hear about Scottish traditions, especially Scottish Reel Dancing. It sounded really fun, and I would love to see it danced in person some day. Evie was a really relatable character and I loved how she was always there for her sister even though they had their differences. I loved Evie's interactions with Robert and watching how their relationship developed. I thought Hester Browne did a great job writing a funny, romantic story and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a happy ending. I also would recommend her Little Lady Agency Series! *I received this book from bookdivas.com*
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