Series: The Royals #1
Published by Self-Published on 04 April 2016
Genres: Family, New Adult, Social Issues, Adult
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Setting: America: Unknown
Also by this author: The Deal, The Mistake, Him, The Score, Us, Sacked
First Line: “Ella, you’re wanted in the principal’s office,” Ms. Weir says before I can step inside her precalculus classroom.
I don’t even know where to begin with this one…I first heard about PAPER PRINCESS by Erin Watt when it was released and everyone was going crazy for it but based on the synopsis I didn’t think it was for me. Then recently a bunch of people I trust (and usually agree with on books) were all raving over it and how I should read it. So I started to read it when standing in line waiting to get a copy signed for a friend. I admit, there was something insanely readable about this book but that’s about the only positive thing I can say about PAPER PRINCESS.
First off, this book is billed as YA and it is most definitely NOT YA!! Stars I shudder to think about high schoolers reading this book! Its so graphic in its content that it should be billed as NA or even adult. The only YA thing about PAPER PRINCESS is that the characters are all supposed to be in high school but the content is definitely adult and so should only be read by mature audiences.
As I said above, the only real positive thing I have to say about PAPER PRINCESS is that when I was reading it I found it hard to put down. There was something addictive about the writing even as I rolled my eyes and shook my head at everything else that happened in this story. Or re-read over pages trying to figure out what was happened. For a cohesive, plot is not part of the PAPER PRINCESS makeup. This story is so disjointed and all over the place its hard to really say what its about. The characters are all super terrible and I didn’t like any of them. Except for maybe Valerie. I also don’t get the love everyone seems to have for Reed Royal as he is an extreme douche bag!! He treats Ella like dirt and for all her supposed “tough girl” attitude she not only takes it with no protest but she falls head over heels for him. Though not before hooking up with his brother, Easton, who insisted on called her Little Sis even when kissing her which was super creepy.
None of this story felt like it could be real, all the characters felt like such caricatures on how terrible and superficial a person could be. Not a single one had a redeeming quality. I get that the super rich live a totally different life than I do but even still its hard to believe anything in PAPER PRINCESS as being plausible. And then there was that ending…which like most of the rest of the plot came out of no where and didn’t make any sense. I swear if I wasn’t reading a signed book that I borrowed from a friend I would have tossed it across the room. The final sense was a total WTF moment and then it just ends which leaves me torn on if I should pick up the next book or not. Because while I hated pretty much everything about this story there was still something addictive about it even as I find it to be so problematic.
There is just so much that was wrong about PAPER PRINCESS that its hard to put down in words and not seem too ranty. All I know is that I probably should have stuck with my first instinct and avoided it because now that I’ve read it….I’m stuck with the memory of it terribleness in my brain and I’m not sure how I can make it go away.