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Nobody's Princess by Esther M. Friesner
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Jan 18, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult, mythology, historical-fiction
Read in January, 2009 , read count: 1

The description says you'll find yourself rooting for Helen. I beg to disagree. I felt just the opposite. Helen is a spoiled, stubborn, selfish, impulsive, immature, bratty child. She is inconform with everything. She gets her way with everything. She is smarter, slyer, and altogether better than everyone else at everything by the ripe old age of fourteen (she is actually much younger throughout the first half of the book, yet that doesn't impair her knowledge or skills at all). The other characters serve as foils or teachers for Helen.

Okay. Obviously Ms. Friesner wanted to make Helen a strong female character, which is all nice and well, but most (if not all) of it is much too unbelievable. In fact, it seems Ms. Friesner wanted to glamorize every female—excluding Clytemnestra, Helen's twin sister in the book and biggest foil. Helen is perfect; Helen is unhuman.

Root for her? Nay, I wanted to bash her on the head.
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Tiffany i like the book. but you have finished it where as i am still reading.

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