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ISBN13: 9780763653125
ISBN10: 0763653128
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"Weightier than its title suggests, this well-executed first novel introduces three A-list high school seniors whose perfect lives are in disarray after a drunk-driving accident the previous spring, 'After the first cracks that split into canyons between us, sending me spinning across the ocean, Nikki down the Crazy Diet Rabbit Hole, and Lacey into the Land of Crippled Martyrdom.' Narrator Paige is 'exiled' to Paris to work as an au pair while her image-conscious mother does damage control. Upon Paige's return, her friends are cold, distant, and resentful that she was able to escape for the summer. Although the girls put on a front of normalcy once school begins, underlying tensions threaten to undermine their relationship. With the help of a new writing teacher, Paige embarks on a painful but enlightening journey of self-awareness. The conflicts Paige faces and the changes she undergoes are powerfully evoked. Backes addresses guilt, deceit, homophobia, loyalty, and the burden of keeping up appearances in a brutally believable high school setting as Paige recognizes the weaknesses of loved ones and her own imperfections. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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M. Molly Backes is an exciting new talent in the world of young adult novels. After graduating from Grinnell College in Iowa, she moved to New Mexico, where she taught middle school and got 150 of her students to write novels for National Novel Writing Month. She now lives in Chicago, where she works at StoryStudio, Chicago's center for writing and the related arts.

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moiraethefatesbookreview, February 13, 2012 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Hardcover: 464 pages
* Publisher: Candlewick (May 8, 2012)
* ISBN-10: 0763653128
* Author: M. Molly Backes
* Cover Art: I really like it, it's different then anything I've seen before.
* Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars
* Obtained: Sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a review.







The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
Review by Moirae the fates book reviews.

What does it mean to do wrong, when no one punishes you? A smart and unflinching look at friendship, the nature of entitlement, and growing up in the heartland.

Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She's pretty, rich, and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash , everything changes. Her best friends start ignoring her, her boyfriend grows cold and distant, and her once-adoring younger sister now views her with contempt. The only bright spot is
her creative writing class, led by a charismatic new teacher who encourages students to be true to themselves. But who is Paige, if not the homecoming princess everyone expects her to be? In this arresting and witty debut, a girl who was once high-school royalty must face a truth that money and status can't fix, and choose between living the privileged life of a princess, or owning up to her mistakes and giving up everything she once held dear. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


When I first heard about this book I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I was so excited when I got a review copy. At first I had a hard time getting into this book as it started off slow for me. However, once I got past the slow bits the book really took off.


I really enjoyed the book and I would highly recommend it. I would say it's one for older teens though just due to it's content. The book has a powerful message at it's core and the delivery was strong, yet not heavy handed.


It's a book that will make the reader think once they have finished reading it, it makes you stop and really reflect on your life and reflect on society as a whole. I thought the characters meshed very well together and Backes did a wonderful job in grabbing the readers attention. I am looking forward to reading more of her work in the future.


This title vaguely reminded me of Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard, it could be more the cover art that makes me draw that comparison though. I really enjoyed this book and would encourage everyone to pick up a copy when it comes out May 8th.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763653125
Author:
Backes, M. Molly
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Molly M. Backes
Author:
Backes,
Author:
M. Molly
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Situations / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
fiction;relationships;young adult;ya;friendship;popularity
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.49 x 5.87 x 1.5 in 1.385 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 464 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763653125 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Weightier than its title suggests, this well-executed first novel introduces three A-list high school seniors whose perfect lives are in disarray after a drunk-driving accident the previous spring, 'After the first cracks that split into canyons between us, sending me spinning across the ocean, Nikki down the Crazy Diet Rabbit Hole, and Lacey into the Land of Crippled Martyrdom.' Narrator Paige is 'exiled' to Paris to work as an au pair while her image-conscious mother does damage control. Upon Paige's return, her friends are cold, distant, and resentful that she was able to escape for the summer. Although the girls put on a front of normalcy once school begins, underlying tensions threaten to undermine their relationship. With the help of a new writing teacher, Paige embarks on a painful but enlightening journey of self-awareness. The conflicts Paige faces and the changes she undergoes are powerfully evoked. Backes addresses guilt, deceit, homophobia, loyalty, and the burden of keeping up appearances in a brutally believable high school setting as Paige recognizes the weaknesses of loved ones and her own imperfections. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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