I am Princess X is a fabulous YA novel about friendship not romance. This was a one-sitting, massive-grin-of-happiness-for-having-discovered-this-story read.
Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of both Cory Doctorow and Sarah Dessen; illustrated throughout with comics.
Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.
Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.
Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.
When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There’s an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby’s story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon—her best friend, Libby, who lives.
Why I Love It:
Okay, where to start with the gushing. First off, you’ve got these two kids Libby and May exiled out of gym class who start making up stories together and so a best friendship begins. Except, Libby dies … or so May thinks (kinda) until she starts seeing graffiti and stickers featuring the main character of all their stories – Princess X.
Let the mystery begin.
Told in both prose and comic form, I Am Princess X is a sheer delight (and a super quick read). Did May’s voice sound a bit young sometimes for a 17-year-old? Maybe, but I didn’t care. You know how the great thing about Frozen is that the ultimate prize is love but NOT romantic love? Same thing here. It might seem weird that I champion that, given all I write are romantic HEAs, but I am such a believer in the empowerment and importance of female friendships – especially positive portrayals for young women. For that alone, this book gets all the stars.
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