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If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,365 Ratings  ·  468 Reviews
Wicked stepmother? Check. Evil stepsisters? Check. Miserable life? Check.

Lucy Norton’s life has all the makings of a Cinderella story. Her dad’s always away on business, leaving Lucy with her cruel stepmother and bratty stepsisters. She’s burdened with chores, and has a hard time fitting in at her new school. So when she sees Connor Pearson, the star player on the varsity
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Disney-Hyperion (first published August 26th 2005)
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Donita Luz
Well, for someone that claims, contemporary romance is her least favorite genre, I'm sure having a great time with back to back contemporary reads I recently had.
"You're doing a great job," said my dad when he came into the kitchen to get more ice. I was standing by the stove watching to make sure the spinach in phyllo dough didn't burn. "This is what I like to see." He came over and gave my shoulder a squeeze."This is the girl I always knew you could be."

He always knew I could be a maid?
I a
Jan 31, 2011 Arya rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
Ok two stars - why you ask - well because the plot was completely predictable and the author doesn't mind using language as an embelishment to even the simpest statments! Also there was much more "making out" than I would like, even though nothing worse happened. It was enjoyable to read this, unfortunatly after I finished it I thought that there was really not much point to have waded through all of the language and akward make-out scenes.


I knew from the beginning that Sam was a
Jun 17, 2010 Candi rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This is an average Cinderella story, but it had some problems for me.

One, either the author has never been out of the Los Angeles area or knows nothing about basketball. Lucy, the heroine in the story, has moved from San Francisco to suburban New York and her favorite team is the Lakers. Really?!? I maybe could have liked the heroine more if I didn't hate the Lakers so much, they are not a "Cinderella" basketball team. Come on, you couldn't use the Golden State Warriors or the Sacramento Kings?
Feb 09, 2009 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 25, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
If I Have a Wicked Stepmother Where's My Prince by Melissa kantor
Well if the purpose of this book is to make me feel for Lucy it was successful.
My emotions where all over the place even shed a bunch of tears.
Lucy's father got remarried and they moved from San Francisco to New York to live in her stepmother's house. Then her father kept working in San Francisco on a big case for work and flew into New york for weekends.
Lucy's stepmother is busy shopping and cares about redecorating the wh
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
Sep 20, 2009 Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-lit
I’ll start with the things I liked. I liked Lucy, for the most part. I like the interactions she has at home with her family, and surprisingly they were more entertaining than her interactions with her classmates. The overall story moved along quickly (although I did skim over some), but was fairly predictable.

I’m trying to figure out what to say without giving away spoilers. I thought it was awkward that Lucy didn’t have ANY friends, and then the hottest guy in school likes her and all of the s
Jul 28, 2009 Elisse rated it did not like it
Well. This book was mediocre in every possible way. The plot was pretty boring. Like, there aren't really too many events. Problems just sort of stew and then abruptly change at the end. The only thing that wasn't too exasperating was encounters with her stepmother, but the rest of the book was a total blank. I finished it a few days ago, and I'm already having trouble coming up with things to say about it. Because it was so boring. Also, it was pretty unoriginal on the Cinderella front, like so ...more
Lucy is the new kid in school. She hates her stepmom and her bratty stepsisters. Not to mention her father is never home; he is always working. School is a living hell for her, she eats alone and doesnt talk to anyone in the hall ways... Nothing is going the way Lucy wants it too! Until suddenly she makes a comment about basketball and she is instantly in with the "cool" kids and hooks the hottest most popularest guy in her school.

From that point on in the book Lucy spends her days shopping, ha
Feb 04, 2009 GirlwiththeBraids rated it it was amazing
If Lucy Norton has two evil stepsisters and a wicked stepmother, where’s her prince? She keeps telling herself that her fairy tale will involve the popular Connor Pearson. Then she finds herself noticing, Connor Pearson knows who I am. Connor takes an interest in her and now everyone at Glen Lake knows her. Some even become her friend. With prom coming up, Lucy starts to realize … maybe Connor isn’t the one she wants, maybe it’s that quite boy in her art class. Trying to forget about Sam with on ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I Have a Wicked Stepmother Where's My Prince by Melissa Kantor follows Lucy Norton who was uprooted from California when her Father gets married and spends most of her time alone in her room in the basement her new house with her wicked stepmother and bratty twin sisters. She is treated badly by her stepmother and her father is away most of the time and doesn't have any friends at her new school. When the school basketball star (the prince) asks her out she is very excited and finds her life ...more
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
I've been wanting to read this book forever and I finally got the chance to sit down and read it. I loved the fairy tale Cinderella twist. Plus you have to love a happy ending.

Lucy has moved to Long Island from San Francisco, to live with her new step-mother and two step-sisters. While her father remains on the west coast working on a big case. Lucy isn't exactly enjoying living with her new "family" alone. She doesn't really have any friends at school, okay she doesn't have any friends, actuall
Dec 11, 2012 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've got to say, I was totally amazed by how good this book was! I was expecting some completely vapid, popular people suck, woe is me, hey hot guy, high-school drama bull crap, but Kantor is actually an insightful and talented writer.

First off, from a pure enjoyment standpoint, this is a great teen romance. Yeah, you can see where the story is headed the entire time, but it's the kind of titillating prescience that makes the unfolding love-plot that much more enticing--you can't wait to see how
Jan 20, 2012 Rose rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teen chick lit readers who like fairytale reinterpretations
Recommended to Rose by: NetGalley, Disney-Hyperion
Fairytale retellings are definitely my cup of tea. I like having the pleasure of reading a story that takes a popular tale and reinterprets it in a way that's fresh and unique, though it might take cues (whether subtle or overt) from the original tale in spurts. That said, "If I have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince" attracted me from the get go, not just for the title, but also the blurb.

Lucy is a young woman who's had to uproot her life in many considerations, so its easy to see why she'
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
Who doesn’t love any kind of Cinderella twisty book? This novel was cute and some what realistic. I kind of bought this novel without realizing who the author was. I had recently read “Confessions of a Not It Girl” by the same author and completely hated it. The difference between this novel and the other though was that I got into it much quicker and could relate to Lucy a lot more. She’s this girl who has to move from California to New York because his father got remarried, which means dun dun ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Oct 21, 2013 Lynn Davidson rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When you hear the title – If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? – what do you think of? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is Cinderella. And you are not far off. The main character in this enjoyable book feels as if she is being treated like a Cinderella; even her new friends think so.

When Lucy’s mother died, leaving behind her husband and young daughter, it meant it was just the two of them for several years. Then her dad remarried and moved them to live in another city wi
Dec 26, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
I read this book in ninth grade, but I didn't really remember what happened. When my mom got me this book for christmas I was pretty pumped to read it again! Also, I am in love with the cover, yes, I am one of those people who judges a book my its cover...I can't help it!

Anyway, this is a story of Lucy and her move to live with her wicked stepmother and two evil stepsisters in New York. Her dad is constantly going from San Francisco to New York, so the only times Lucy really gets to see him is
Jun 15, 2015 Isabella rated it it was amazing
Haha this book had me laughing my lungs out ! its a short read book but its really hilarious ! This Lucy girl compares her life to Cinderella's and she really has some stuff in common . And this Connor jerk face guy lures her into becoming his girlfriend , thus makes her the popular girl because this jerk face is the head football player and he was hot ! they go through ridiculous , funny moments, but at the end she ends up with this other guy from her art class (sorry dont remeber his name)! Bu ...more
Shannon Hitchcock
Jul 10, 2009 Shannon Hitchcock rated it it was amazing
I thorougly enjoyed this book. The story starts with ways our narrarator is like Cinderella. 1. They both have a dead mother. 2. A wicked stepmother. 3. Two Evil stepsisters. and 4. Are friendless. In this modern day version of Cinderella, Lucy Norton's father remarries and moves her from San Francisco to Long Island. Poor Lucy's room is in the basement. She sleeps on an air mattress, and doesn't have a bureau for her clothes because her stepmother is slowly redecorating. The author's teen voice ...more
May 30, 2009 Kristyn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: mature teens 14+
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Rebecca Garner
Feb 07, 2016 Rebecca Garner rated it it was amazing
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Dec 18, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it
This book is great. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, to see if the main character's life will tun out like the Cinderella story. My favorite part so far was when the main character, Lucy Norton, finally got her way. When her dad remarried after her mom died, everything went down hill. She was stuck with a mean step-mother and two annoying younger step sisters. Her mom made all the decisions at home when here dad was away. He was away all the time. At school, she has no friends. One day two ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Ncc rated it it was amazing
This book may seem cheesy at first. I admit. It's an easy read and with the classic Cinderella analogy going on the whole book, it seemed a little elementary.

It's not.

Yes, Lucy Norton has a stepmother, two stepsisters and is vaguely dreaming about a ball with Price Charming. Her mother died when she was three years old and her father recently remarried and moved to Long Island, New York to live near Mara, his new wife and her daughters, bratty, evil (twins, I think, it doesn't clearly say.) lit
Shelby C
Jan 17, 2016 Shelby C rated it really liked it
Recently I read the book “If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?” By: Melissa Kantor.
I can honestly say I very much enjoyed reading this book. I feel like I could relate to it on a more personal level because I do have a stepmom. It showed the life of a teenage girl who lost her mother at a young age and can’t remember her very well. This book also touches on the struggles of moving from what you know to something completely new. I love how you see the characters develop as the story
♡Ann  Matalines♡

There was a hint of Damsel Distressed in this book and I lost my interest immediately. This is my fourth book by Melissa Kantor and I think she has the gift of understanding teenagers. There was a flair of drama but it didn't do any harm. It may be harsh but this book didn't disappoint me because I didn't expect anything from the start.

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Jillian Moore- tarek bazzi
May 10, 2015 Jillian Moore- tarek bazzi rated it really liked it
While I read many reviews of this story, I disagree with many notes. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I believe they are putting too much thought into diagnosing the story.

It's a story of adolescence. It's not suppose to be serious, it's entertaining. It is a tale that the plot is easily determined early on, but the reader still finds themselves entertained and finish reading the book. It is the same as every Lifetime and Hallmark movie. It has cliches, humor, and realistic situations
Fikemi Faleye
Apr 04, 2015 Fikemi Faleye rated it did not like it
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Lee Fleming
This is not age appropriate for a woman of 36 but it was a fun, fast read that I quickly handed over to my daughter.

I wouldn't recommend it but if you are at someone's house for a playdate and you don't have much in common with the mom and it is sitting on her table, pick it up and read it.
Mar 06, 2014 anolinde rated it it was ok
Despite the two-star rating, I actually enjoyed reading this and probably would have given it three stars if the ending hadn't been so mystifying. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Alexis added it
Shelves: fiction-books
I read this book in like 2 days. It was good in the beginning, but then started swearing a little and I just finished it because I had like 20 pages left. Still, pretty good. But I wouldn't recommend it because of the swearing at the end.
Mimi Lala
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