the-secret-of-prince-charming1Book Title: The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Author: Deb Caletti
Number of Pages: 322
Publisher: Simon Pulse (April 7, 2009)

Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist — after all, she’s the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.

It doesn’t help that she’s gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He’s a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy…but he’s her dad, and Quinn’s just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he’s treated the many women in his life, how he’s stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she’s never met and the little sister she’ll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father’s wrongs…and in doing so, begin to uncover what they’re really looking for: the truth.

Bad relationship stories is all Quinn hears from the women she calls her family. Her family of only women warn her greatly of the bad points in men and love. But Quinn refuses to think that all men are plain bad, after all her father shows back in her life after no contact for years. She thinks that’s quite enough to think otherwise about guys. When her so-called-perfect boyfriend dumps her, she spins into reality. She also discovers a secret about her father may possibly be more than his charming self around the ladies. Could he really possibly a cruel womanizer? She’s joined by her half-sister, Frankie and her younger sister to find out the truth and make her father’s wrongdoings right. When opportunity comes along, they jump at the chance and go on a road trip. Also taking a musician with them since he needs the ride to one of their stops.

TSLOPF shares a bigger message than what you would think along with the hearts that broke. The first third of the book went by really slow. And I got confused between the little stories from some women in Quinn’s father’s past in between the story, and then you going back into the story. Yeah, it’s just confused me for awhile… The tagalong musician seemed a little too good to be true and becoming Quinn’s new romance interest. The writing quickly changes speed when the road trip begins bringing along action, fun, && overall more adventure.

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