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My Faire Lady

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,026 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Rowena Duncan is a thoroughly modern girl with big plans for her summer—until she catches her boyfriend making out with another girl. Heartbroken, she applies to an out-of-town job posting and finds herself somewhere she never expected: the Renaissance Faire.

As a face-painter doubling as a serving wench, Ro is thrown headfirst into a vibrant community of artists and perfor
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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It's nearly impossible to write a review of your bff's first published novel. I mean, no one is going to believe you when you say you stayed up all night with the ARC, but it's totally true. Ro and company passed The Test. I hit the half way mark at 10:30 tonight, and I knew there would be no sleeping until it was finished.

It was well worth the late bed time. Fun, sexy, and full of characters I just want to hug. I can't wait to be able to pass this one around in my library.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for something adorable and not too heavy, and this completely fit the bill. My Faire Lady follows a teenager who's getting over a terrible breakup, and instead of taking a summer job at the mall as she was planning to (and having to face her ex-boyfriend every day), she takes a job as a face-painter for a Renaissance Faire, where she learns about herself and figures out her course in life. Definitely recommended.
J.H. Trumble
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Can't tell you how excited I was to finally get my hands on my online-bestie's debut novel!

And boy, did Laura deliver.

I'll dispense with the summary and just say what a great read MY FAIRE LADY is! I've always loved Renaissance Festivals, but the characters seemed so authentic to me that I never thought about who these folks might be after the faire closes.

I already knew that Laura did a fair (pun intended) amount of research for this book, and it shows in the authenticity of the characters, esp
Nicole Pramik
This was a classic case of being drawn in by a cover but being left less than thrilled about the contents within. This cover is so cute and shouts summer fun. And while the story can at times be cute and is definitely a summery read, it falls squarely into the YA vein thanks to its juvenile tone and characters.

I will say that the idea of setting the story in a Renaissance Faire was a fun idea, and populating this world are some equally fun characters albeit not the lead character, Rowena (Ro for
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2014
I read this for a change of something light after finishing something with a darker more serious tone and even thought it was fluff, it took me days to finish it. Just wasn't quite involving for me.
I didn't much love the main character, Rowena or Ro. She is fairly full of herself and simply everyone likes her and does things for her. One co-worker seems to not like her and she doesn't like not being liked for no reason(although there is a pretty definite reason as it turns out). And Ro is unkin
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I don't need to write a long review to tell you guys my opinion: This novel was a funny and cute contemporary story. The idea of the fair was awesome =) There were two things though that bothered me though

1) Christian. I still don't get, why she liked him. Except for his looks of course, but that made her seem kinda shallow tbh.
2) The novel was SO predictable, it was actually kinda annoying. The moment Ro had met both Christian and Will I knew exactly what was going to happen. Which made point
T. Katherine
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very fun and charming read. I work in a little indie bookstore and picked up this book pretty much at random from the pile of advanced reader's editions that we get from the publishers (So no I am not friends with the author). This was a cut above most of the stuff I pull out of that pile. I loved the Renaissance faire premise, which not only introduced the reader to a very unusual community but lent the novel its overarching spirit of fun. The narrator was relatable with very realist ...more
Jill Myles
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea why I landed on this book -- OH RIGHT -- I was curious if the title had been used. Short answer: yes. But then I saw this and thought WELP, I'M ONE CLICKING. Because I grew up with a lot of friends who did the faire circuit and I still go (though not in costume) on an almost yearly basis. And this was like stepping back into that culture (albeit a slightly sanitized version).

There's a love triangle because OF COURSE THERE IS but that didn't put me off. And the story was a lot more
Margaret Breidenbaugh
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book is a page turner! I could not put it down. I found myself really caring about the characters. I am 34 years old, and I love YA fiction! There, I said it. The characters are charming, funny, interesting, and sincere. It is obvious that Laura Wettersten did her Ren Faire homework, because the setting is so authentically described. Without spoiling anything, I will add that the metaphorical language and aspects of the plot that seem to parallel one another are expertly crafted. Bravo!
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book i thought it was so cute. The main character Rowena was just a naturally good hearted person. I also really loved Will although he was not super swoon worthy. My favorite part of the whole book is the setting. The book takes place in a Renaissance faire which was so unique like when do you see that? So everyone had to dress and speak like the olden days which was fun. My favorite parts of the book were the face painting parts they were so much fun. I really loved Suze ,the girl ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Not Another Teen Cover
Drinking Buddy: More Mead!
Testosterone Estrogen Level: Summer Lovin'
Talky Talk: Huzzah!
Bonus Factors: Cast of Thousands
Bromance Status: Forsooth!

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Mar 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Sounds like there's a lot of boy drama in here, so I'm not into that at all😕... But a Renaissance Faire? Uh, sign me the heck up!
Sage Collins
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-debut
I can't get enough of contemporary novels introducing the average teen to nerdy things. This time it's RenFest!

Sure, the novel starts in a stereotypical way: A girl is mourning her romance after her boyfriend is caught cheating (or appears to be caught cheating, though in this case it's true). So what does she do? She finds a new "thing" in her life, a way to hide from him and her feelings about the situation. In this book, the perfect place to hide comes in the form of a Renaissance Faire.

Of co
Ai Haibara

Is it just me or does the premise sound eerily the same as Going Vintage just with each protagonist living in different time periods?

Either way, this sounds right up my alley.

Jacqueline Smith
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first spotted this book on a bookshelf at Barnes and Noble. The title and the bright colors jumped out at me immediately and I'm not going to lie to you, my first thought was, "Oh my God, that looks so cheesy."

I'm no stranger to Renaissance Faires. I've been visiting them regularly since high school. My best friend even married a Knight that she met there and traveled the Ren Faire circuit with him, working jobs as an artist and a seamstress. As for me? I've never worked the circuit, though I
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Ren Fest Girl's Delight

For anyone who loves the Ren Fest and the idea of getting away from it all (and maybe finding true love), this cute romance is for you. Definitely geared toward teen girls, this book went behind the scenes at a Ren Fest where Ro--our heroine--hopes to get away from a broken heart and possibly find her knight in shining armor. The romance plot is very cookie cutter for a rom com (girl meets cute/dorky boy, girl meets hot guy, falls for hot guy when cute/dorky guy is so mu
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't read contemporary often, so I picked this book up on a total whim. I'm glad I did. I was looking for something fun and light and that is exactly what I got with My Faire Lady. The story, the characters, the plot; everything was just wonderful.

The story centers around Rowena "Ro" Duncan who, in an effort to get over the boyfriend who broke her heart, takes a job as a face painter/serving wench at a Renaissance Faire. There she meets cute boys, makes friends and discovers her true passion
John Finck
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasure to read, which is saying something since I am hardly Laura Wettersten's target audience. You know what? Scratch that; when a book is well written, its target audience is everybody (or it should be), and 'My Faire Lady' is indeed well written. The characters are engaging (no stale tropes here, thank you very much), and the dialog rings true. Good characters and good dialog are no small things. They are, in fact, the first things I look for when starting a book, and when I ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, ya-fiction
This was a book I found misplaced on a shelf at Barnes & Noble. What drew me in is the Renaissance Faire setting, it's not a typical setting and I found it really interesting. The author does a good job making you feel like an insider at a RenFaire, and you can tell she's researched working at one (which was in her acknowledgements). The main character Rowena (or Ro as she is called throughout and sometimes the nickname bothered me phonetically)accepts a job as a face painter to escape seein ...more
So I'll just start by saying that I thought it was adorable. It was really what I pictured it would be. It's a cute story about a girl who wants to get away and ends up finding a job in a Ren faire. It's funny, it's insightful, and it's cute.

It really was funny. There's a good amount of sass in the story and a lot of funny quips. I actually laughed out loud in some parts because they were totally worth that. (I wasn't in public, but even if I was, I still would have laughed.)

I think the setting
Cassie C
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review to come!

Update: 6/25/14

Actual rating: 4.0 stars

My Faire Lady was a quick, cute read that will appeal to many readers. The story was very well written, with a main character that is quick, sarcastic, and hilarious, and side characters that you fall in love with. You can easily tell that Ms. Wettersten did her research in order to accurately describe the details of a Renaissance Faire, and I love when authors make the story as true-to-life as possible!

Rowena was a very charming character t
3 Stars

For the first couple of pages of My Faire Lady, I was a little off-put by how simplistic the writing seemed. But I will admit that once I got into the story, I enjoyed it overall. It was certainly cuter than the recently read debacle of Prom and Prejudice. Although very on par with most coming of age chick lit stories, My Faire Lady at least had the fun difference of being set in a Renaissance fair.

The characters were fun. (view spoiler)
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Faire Lady by Laura Vettersten follows Rowena who takes a summer job working at a Renaissance Faire as a face painter after a bad breakup. Ro is soon thrown back into the Renaissance where she meets hunky knight Christian and funny whip cracker Will.

I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and the Renaissance Faire setting was perfect for a light summer romance. The author did a fantastic job of integrating multiple characters into the story allowing the reader to feel the community of the fa
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a Renaissance Faire enthusiast, I really enjoyed this book immensely! The characters were fun and it was very easy to see that the author clearly understands the magic that makes Ren Faires so special. Yes, the romance storyline was predictable, but that honestly didn't take away from my enjoyment of this book. I just adored the setting and I love that we got to see so many different elements and characters, such as knights, whip crackers, face painters, cooks, etc. The only thing that confus ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God.
I just love this book now.

If I were ever writing a book, I never would have thought to write about a place like a different world.
This story reminds me of an anime: Sword Art Online.

They both have a real world and a different world.

In My Faire Lady the different world is in the middle of the woods where visitors come and go and have fun.
In Sword Art Online the different world is a game where one game in specific, people can't come and go. There are also other games. And people fight
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a lot of fun. No, it's not the best piece of literature out there, but it is an enjoyable read. In a way it is the typical teen novel. Girl breaks up with boy. Girl wants to get over boy/show him what he's missing. Girl meets new boy. It's love.

Placing this story in a Renaissance Faire was an interesting touch. I have a lot of friends who are Faire workers. Beyond that, it touched on the fact that the arts are suitable for a career, even if it doesn't take a ton of money. Do what y
Such a cute book, and read it in one sitting - was exactly what I was in the mood for. The Ren Faire setting is so much fun, and I particularly loved that it's a room-and-board situation, and therefore pretty much the entire world of the book. (Though I did like the little bit of Ro's "real world" friends that we saw.) Rowena and Will are also super passionate about the things they love (art and physics, respectively), and that's a personal favorite trait of mine, so this book hit several person ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a perfect summer read! I was in Barnes and Noble and this book clearly had my name all over it. Of course I had to get it! Oh my goodness, never in my life I wanted to go to a Renaissance fair badly now. I loved the community knit of the people, and Rowena was just as a relate able as a character can be. And Will, well holy Indiana JOnes! He was perfect! And now I need to find my own Will I mean he can use a whip like Indiana Jones and I LOVE LOVE Indiana Jones! Overall, if you want a ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I'm only a TEENY bit biased because the writer is a good friend from high school. But I read this book in only a few days and got completely sucked in. I loved the characters, the storylines, and all of my senses were engrossed in the feel of the Ren Faire. I've never even considered visiting one before and now want to because it seems like such a wonderful place. The characters were relateable and fun and now I sort of want a sequel! Either way, I'll be waiting to see what ot ...more
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Laura Wettersten lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband, their adorable baby son, and their two neurotic dogs. She has degrees in both music education and library science, and when she’s not writing or teaching she enjoys directing middle school musicals, dancing awkwardly around her kitchen, and watching WIPEOUT and 30 ROCK reruns. Her debut novel, MY FAIRE LADY, releases from Simon & Schus ...more
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