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Royally Jacked (Royally Jacked #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,042 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Valerie's life is pretty good. While she's not the most popular girl in school, she does have decent grades, great friends, and a potential boyfriend. All a girl could want.Then her mother announces that (1) she's gay, and (2) she's leaving Valerie's dad for her girlfriend. Just when Valerie is getting over this bombshell, her father tells her he's got a new job working fo ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published December 23rd 2003)
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It was borning.Throught all book my face was like

The only thing that was for a little bit ''interesting'' was cover photo.

Prince looks like he is kissing air, and a girl have that mean look. Doesn't she?
Cristina F
Feb 04, 2009 Cristina F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 15, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because after reading The Chosen One I really needed something light and uplifting. This was a great book to pick. It was really cute and a very quick read. The only problem is I did not realize it's part of the series and I do not have the next book! Uh oh. I want to know what happens with Valerie and the two guys she is crushing on.

What the book blurb doesn't tell you is before moving to Europe the guy Valerie has been crushing on finally starts to show some interest and then
Apr 06, 2013 Keri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this book is cute. It really is. My problem is that I had no idea what the purpose was. Nothing was resolved.

Valerie moved with her dad to this small European country, the main plot of the book, which, by the way, happens more than halfway through the story. While there, she lives in the country's castle and of course falls in love with the handsome prince. Right away. That is always my biggest pet peeve with young adult books. I want build up and conflict surrounding the relationship and
Nov 06, 2009 H.orses rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a laugh-out-loud romance
This book was hilarious! It was one that I had found when I first said to myself, "Since you can't make up your mind, your just going to close your eyes, scroll your finger along the spines, and choose. No going back." The cover threw me for a moment as just a silly cartoon, but I had promised myself and I did read it. In the end I was pretty glad I had read it, I couldn't stop laughing! It was like a version of the movie that ABC always plays "The Prince And Me" in a book instead, but with diff ...more
5 stars because I have to be honest, I totally LOVED this book when I was in high school. LOL!
Karen Keyte

“Exactly two weeks, one day, and ten hours ago, my mother completely ruined my life. She announced over her usual dinner of Kraft macaroni and cheese (with tomatoes and broccoli bits mixed in - her attempt at being healthy) that she no longer wished to remain married to my dad. She planned to move in with her new girlfriend, Gabrielle. Yep. Girlfriend.” - Valerie Winslow

It’s not like Val is anti-gay or anything - she’s not, truly - but her mother could not have picked a worse time to decide she’
michelle suttentapia
Royally Jacked- Valerie is the main character of the book.“Exactly two weeks, one day, and ten hours ago, my mother completely ruined my life. She announced over her usual dinner of Kraft macaroni and cheese (with tomatoes and broccoli bits mixed in - her attempt at being healthy) that she no longer wished to remain married to my dad. She planned to move in with her new girlfriend,Gabrielle.Val is a sophomore in high school half way through her sophomore year. Val is going to have to relocate. H ...more
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Goodreads recommended this book to me, and considering it's over 10 years old, I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own (mostly because I doubt I would have found it anywhere). It was cute, and interesting, but it definitely felt like it would appeal more to a younger teen than someone 16+. It also felt like only part of the story - the end wasn't much of an ending. And apparently it is a trilogy, so of course I'm going to have to search out the next book, because why wouldn't I?
Peyton Fox
Sep 09, 2015 Peyton Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a cute funny contemporary book that is so much fun to read
Mar 27, 2014 Esther rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 09, 2012 Geli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, romance, own-it, virginia
I love this triology! probably because i had no idea it was going to be triology. I was completely hooked right from the start. Niki Burnham's writing is a delight to read

this is a cute and fun book for tweens. I really enjoyed reading this little romance when I was in high school. Gave me a little hope that i may meet my own prince charming someday. :)
Jan 22, 2014 Ally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Royally Jacked totally reminds me of The Princess Diaries. It does star a Royal, but not a Princess Mia. Instead, there's a prince named Georg or something like that and it's pronounced in an odd way. Royally Jacked is hilarious, silly, and seemingly immature. That's probably why preteens are allow to read it.

It's a very short book, with only about two hundred pages. Even though it's amazingly short, it's quite annoying, thanks to the immature, or usually whiny, main character/narrator. I'll ex
2.5/5 Stars
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I thought Valerie was completely shallow and stubborn, so I wasn't her biggest fan. The romance was odd, and the overall story was missing something. If I was told that I'd get the chance to live overseas in a castle for about a year I would be completely and totally excited beyond belief. For Val it was the equivalent of the world ending.
I did have issues with the writing style. If the story had been done a different way it probably
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Sigh. I don't understand where all the 4-5 star reviews are coming from.

Our protagonist, Valerie, has quite a bland personality, to be brutally honest.

She's very shallow. She has best friends who she freely admits she doesn't even trust (and who she knows will go about backstabbing/gossiping about her once they know about her "issues").

No personality whatsoever. The book is in the first point of view, and just reading how her mind works/her inner monologues/musings annoyed the crap out of me.

Feb 17, 2016 Meghann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am kind of disappointed...
Not because of the book but because I don't have the rest of the series. This was a great fluffy read and even though the main character Valerie was shallow and even wants to be someone's "shallow princess." I do understand that she was going through a lot, but her way of thinking was really shallow. I loved the prince and the story was great. I hated how short it was and how fast it seemed to go. Even though I loved the book, it seemed rushed at times. If we could ha
Ubah Khasimuddin
LOVED this book, it was exactly what I was looking for. Funny enough I found this book at the Dollar Store and I thought "what the heck," it has turned out to be one of those books that I keep in my permanent collection. I adore the premise of a regular girl living in a castle and the prince falling in love with her. The writing and pace are perfect, nothing forced. After reading this book, I went online to Amazon and paid decidedly MORE then a $1 for books 2 and 3 in this series, it was well wo ...more
The Fairytale Nerd
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This book has some seriously funny lines. Valerie's narration is honest and natural. I also liked the fact that the prince in this story is not depicted as the most handsome guy on earth. Valerie wasn't attracted to him outright as Valerie had another love interest at the beginning of the story. I believe that the prince grew on Valerie as they got to know each other better. I also like Prince Georg. He is smart, responsible, and "normal." In fact, thi
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
I got a bunch of these Simon Pulse books in a Book Bazaar deal on PaperBackSwap about a year ago, and I finally decided to give one a try. They are basically chick lit/light romance novels for the high school demographic. The main character, Valerie Winslow, is a high school sophomore who is silently suffering over the real reason her parents are getting a divorce: her mom is a lesbian. She can't even admit this to her very best friends.

Because of her parents' split, she basically has two choice
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for

Valerie Winslow, like any other girl, thought that she had it all: the perfect friends, the perfect family, and the perfect crush. But her world turns upside down and soon Valerie begins to question her whole life. Her mother decides to tell the family, at the dinner table, that she cannot continue in her marriage because she is gay and is going to move out and live with the new love of her life, who happens to be a woman.

2.5 / 5 stars
This review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....

Well, I will say first and foremost this book was a disappointing rom-com. Goodreads recommended it to me based on my brit lit/comedy selection, and the tag line on the back is "A romantic comedy for every girl who thinks she's met her prince." Well, this book is about as much of a romantic "comedy" as most rom-com movies are - i.e. not at all. I don't think I chuckled or laughed a single time throughout the entir
Nov 29, 2008 Sylvia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Buku ini lumayan memberi sedikit refreshing buat gw yang memang butuh bacaan ringan buat ngencerin otak gw yang mulai kusyutt.

Ceritanya simpel banget, bener-bener teenlit. Tentang seorang remaja bernama Valerie, yang ortunya separate, trus dia milih tinggal ma ayahnya yang ternyata dapet kerjaan di Eropa, dan mereka pindah negara lah nih critanya. Tinggal di sebuah apartemen yg jauh dari layak menurut ukurannya si Valerie, trus dia mesti test untuk bisa masuk ke sekolah disana, belum lagi proble
Mar 30, 2013 Arianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-romance
I liked the problem the main character was already facing in the beginning, and the decision that she had to make when romance was just starting to bloom between her and her crush. The excitement of her soon to be encounter with the prince (or should I say the son of the prince) thrilled me into keeping the pages turning. When she finally meets someone her age in the palace, the hints he gives makes his identitiy obvious. Things started to slow down as Valerie waits to go to school and messages ...more
Harisa Lagji
Sep 03, 2015 Harisa Lagji rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was younger. I'm 18 now and it must be at least 3 years since I've read this book. I have to say I could NOT put this book down. The premise is very new for the age range who typically read these type of novels. It explores homosexuality and a prince--those two are not related haha. It was also witty and very funny. I strongly recommend this book! I always look back at it very fondly.

(I even recommended it to my 17 year old friend and she loved it :) )
Kathryn Steffen
Jan 07, 2015 Kathryn Steffen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sister Kimmy and I used to collect these books! Every month we would be so excited to see if Waldenbooks or Borders had the new book. I think this story and it's companion "Spin Control" will always be one of, if not my favorite :)
Kathleen Camenforte
I know this isn't the greatest book in the world but I just couldn't help but smile like an idiot while reading it. Where do I sign up for my own Georg? hahaha
Sep 09, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Teen book, nothing spectacular. Girl's mom is gay so she moves to a foreign country with her dad and meets a prince.
This book was cute enough, I guess, but there were things that really annoyed me...number one being Valerie. I just didn't like her character much at all because she just seemed like a jerk or as she considers herself at one point in the book, "shallow." I also didn't like how she kept comparing Georg to David, they are totally different people so of course they are going to be different in many ways! I just wanted to her get over David because he obviously didn't really care for her if he would ...more
Stephanie Griswold
Sadly, I kind of liked this. I'm not one for romance books, but it is something to pass the time.
Oct 11, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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