Romancing the Throne – Nadine Jolie Courtney

  Romancing the Throne – Nadine Jolie Courtney, Katherine Tegen Books, (9780062406620), 2017

Format: realistic fiction

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2.5

Genre: romance

What did you like about the book? Charlotte attends an elite boarding school in England where her main interests are boys, makeup, clothes and sports (in that order). At the start of the new school year, she is excited to be the girlfriend of Prince Edward, who also attends her school. All that changes, however, when her older, more studious sister Libby transfers to her school after a scandal at her last school. Libby and Charlotte are usually best friends, but when Libby gets a makeover, things start to change. Suddenly Edward is more interested in spending time talking with Libby and Charlotte breaks up with him. When Edward and Libby get together, it’s almost instant royal magic; the two are an excellent match in every way and Charlotte feels betrayed. Charlotte refuses to speak to Libby for over six months, but both sisters suffer. Libby loses weight and is sad and Charlotte has trouble in school, drinks too much and is almost kicked off her athletic team. Eventually, however, the two sisters are reunited and everything turns out perfect. I like the emphasis on Charlotte’s pursuit of a career in tech; Charlotte develops an idea for a makeup idea sharing app called Selfsy; she gets funding and the app is hugely successful. This was a quick, fun read for the most part. Plenty to be annoyed about, but it gets romance exactly right and the banter between the sisters is funny and realistic.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The book is predictable and includes an extra-long epilogue that many readers will love, but I found unnecessary and indulgent. Charlotte is superficial and obsessed with makeup and fashion. She goes on a couple of shopping trips in the book including one where she spends over 2000 pounds. There were also some date inconsistencies that I found annoying; the family is described as having just come into money in the last year, but then later it appears they have had money for over four years. I was confused. Finally, the book glorifies smoking and includes several scenes of drinking excessively.

To whom would you recommend this book? Teens who love breezy romance books and/or teens obsessed with the royal family.

Who should buy this book? high schools with a large romance collection

Where would you shelve it ? Romance

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: July 11, 2017


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