The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic 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.

About M. Molly Backes

See more books from this Author
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.
Published May 8, 2012 by Candlewick. 461 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Princesses of Iowa

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Subplots involving homophobic attacks on the writing teacher, Paige's difficult relationship with her social-climbing mother and an anti–drunk-driving campaign weave in and out with sometimes-faltering success, particularly the last.

Mar 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Princesses of Iowa

WAPL Teens

Ethan and Shanti, both classmates she never would have looked at twice in her old princess life, take Paige under their wing, including her in coffee shop writing sessions, impromptu road trips, and a different kind of friendship - the kind where you can say what you mean, feel what you feel and ...

Sep 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Princesses of Iowa

Youth Services Book Review

The secondary characters really added to the story with all of their little quirks, I really wish there had been more detail about some of them.

Aug 14 2012 | Read Full Review of The Princesses of Iowa

Teacher LibrarianNing

Curated by Tania Sheko Defining the role of teacher librarians for those who think we just look after books Teacher librarians and transliteracy Curated by Sue Krust Explore the evolving role of the teacher librarian Teacher-Librarian Curated by Librarian@HOPE Best sites and resources on the we...

Mar 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Princesses of Iowa

Reader Rating for The Princesses of Iowa

An aggregated and normalized score based on 28 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review