Prince Charming by Jennifer Anderson
Book Two of the Honey Creek Royalty Series – Honey Creek Books
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Jasmine
Break-ups are never easy, and Sarah O’Connor finds her hard truth from a note. Furious with the delivery and lack of reasoning, she’s forced to carry on with her life, but Josh’s timing couldn’t have been worse. The Ohio State High School Cheerleading competition is around the corner, and instead of focusing on a monumental win, she’s overwhelmed with the recent heartbreak, jealous when she sees him with a new girl, and confused by lingering feelings of taking him back.
Enter Adrian Beale, a face from her past. Soon, she’s more conflicted because while she knows she needs to move on, making Adrian an ideal candidate, Josh won’t go away.
She decides to put both boys aside to focus on winning state, but when she witnesses an scandalous situation, can she erase what she’s seen, or will the images plague her performance? Can Sarah move on from an old love to a new one, and will she carry her squad to victory?
Many a girl’s worst nightmare in high school is having their boyfriend break up with them. To have him do it through a note right before class? Has to be one of the worst. Of course, when having one boy break up with you causes you to give another boy a chance, a boy that turns out to be the perfect guy, it can’t all be bad.
One of the things that I loved about this book is the author’s portrayal of the main character as a cheerleader. Rather than following the standard stereotype of either the airhead cheerleader or the mean girl cheerleader, Sarah is a nice girl with ambition, goals and decent grades. Even as the captain of the squad, she doesn’t make it a popularity contest. She’s not out to prove anything to anybody besides the fact that she is a good captain. Sarah cares about what her parents think and succeeding in the things she sets out to do. She may only be a sophomore in high school, but she already knows what she wants to do and is working towards making it happen.
Sarah’s best friend, Beckie, is a great character. She is always there for Sarah without compromising who she is or what she believes for herself, which is exactly what a friendship should be. Adrian seems to be exactly the type of guy that every mother would like to see her daughter end up with. He is mature for his years, due to tragedy in his past, and he is kind and caring. And Josh, as the jerk that broke up with Sarah, is just a total creep.
There was a lot of potential here to turn this book, and Josh, into more than what it was. I’m glad Ms. Anderson held back and kept it the way it is. It’s refreshing to read a teen book that keeps it on a more innocent level with good kids in a small mid-west town. This book reminded me a lot of the types of books I used to read as a teenager. Also, having lived in Ohio my entire life, it was a lot of fun to recognize many of the things mentioned.
The Honey Creek Books are a great series so far, that I’ve really enjoyed reading. The books are stand alone books that aren’t necessary to read in order. Characters from the previous book are mentioned in this one, but not in a way that will confuse the reader or take away from this book or its characters in any way. I’ll definitely be looking for the next one and will be recommending them to my nieces.