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Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up?

(Westgate Prep #1)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Bianca is the Westgate Prep quarterback’s sister—and that’s her only claim to fame. When her friends’ social experiment turns her into the It Girl of the Sopho-more class and she captures the attention of the most popular guy in her grade, though, she’s ecstatic to introduce the world to her first boyfriend. But no one’s ever told her what to do when her friends hate her b ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Mehsi
4.5 stars.

Wow, this was a wonderful book. However, I must say that people shouldn't be fooled by the cover. The cover makes it seem like a cutesy/fluffy read, and that isn't this. This book deals with some serious problems and while it is packed in a finding-your-Prince-Charming-package it is still all real.

Our main character is a wonderful girl, and while at times I was shaking my head, I was also so darn proud of her. Her boyfriend is abusive/possessive and some other bad things, but she isn't
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Nancy
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, reviewed
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Gail Nall
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Fifteen-year-old Bianca is perfectly happy being an unknown at Westgate Prep. In fact, she’s planning to spend the night of the Homecoming Dance enjoying a James Bond movie marathon with her best friends. But when the results of two of her friends’ popularity experiment—using Bianca as the guinea pig—turn out to be more successful than any of them could have though, Bianca finds herself…popular. Not only is she elected to the homecoming court, but she also draws the attention of another sophomor ...more
Katie
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO MUCH FUN. From page one to the very last page, I just had so much fun reading the entire thing. Bianca is such a fun, lovable character. I really liked her. She is so easily relatable and feels like a real high school sophomore. She wants to have a boyfriend, and is so desperate to as every girl is at this age, that she takes the first boy that express outward interest in her. And this relationship isn’t a very healthy one. I really liked the way that this was depicted. It wasn’ ...more
Alisa
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - Clean, fun read!

This was a fun book - once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down!

Bianca Sullivan is part of a social experiment for two of her friends, Jake and Finn. They campaigned for her to win Homecoming Princess and she won for the Sophomore class, becoming the only non-cheerleader on the court! The win raises her PQ (popularity quotient) considerably and she becomes the target for the very popular Dante Schwartz. At first the attention is flattering, but she quick
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Rebecca
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got my hands on an early copy and found this book was completely adorable! Perfect for every girl to read because I know I went through some of the same things the MC, Bianca, goes through: the roller coaster of high school drama, school dances, all the he-said-she-said drama that was perfectly conveyed in this book. The friendships and relationships between the characters were believable and at times, had me laughing out loud! Loved her brother, Brady, and Dante was a piece of work!

But, reall
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Anita
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
There is just something that draws me to these ‘brother’s best friend’ novels, I love the kind of taboo, ‘I’m not supposed to like you,’ scenario, and usually it’s mixed with having known said best friend for many years. They are always pretty sweet. The cover of Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up is also eye catching – so it’s no wonder I decided it was a good use of an Audible credit.

What I Loved: Honestly, I really loved the relationship between Bianca, and her brother. They were
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Karen
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I want to APPLAUD - throw confetti - hug & kiss Ella Martin for showing what really happens when you date a controlling boy! Hallelujah for not having yet another YA where the guy is controlling and abusive but misunderstood saved by a girl that just hangs in there long enough to save him with her love.

She did a great job of hitting all the points where a girl might be taken in by it all and even cover/lie for him but ultimately Bianca made the difficult but right choice.

This actually
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JB
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was able to read an early copy and LOVED IT. I was really able to connect with Bianca. Full review to come!
Jenna
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? from the author in exchange for an honest review.

It usually takes me days to read a book — even books I love — because I don’t just sit down and read. I sit down and read and then remember that I have laundry to put in the dryer or that I want to check my garden before it gets dark or that I was going to play Cookie Jam or that I haven’t eaten lunch. I read pretty fast (especially on my Kindle) when I’m reading, but I lack the concentrati
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Caitlin
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book veers into Degrassi territory, and I mean that in the best way possible. It's got a menagerie of characters, you immediately choose an OTP, and then you watch, in horror, while the main character makes bad decisions, but everything ends relatively happily, if not scarred.

So expect drama (maybe even melodrama), a romance you root for, and a really valuable lesson in dating.

I dated a guy a lot like Dante in high school. In fact, I won this ARC in a Twitter contest called #NotPrinceCharmi
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Tonja Drecker
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
After seeing the cover and title, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Although the story wasn't exactly what I was thinking it might be (I was expecting something more elegant and princess), it was still sweet and an enjoyable read.

Bianca hits her Sophomore year, and thanks to her friend's experiment on social behavior, ends up as Homecoming Princess. But there's an odd side-effect to the hoped for (and calculated) rise in popularity. Suddenly, the cutest guy is interested in Bianca and
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Kris Mehigan
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, this is NOT a 4-star rating, but 4.5. The half point off is completely subjective, but I would have preferred a richer description of the the Westgate Prep setting (indulging my non-YA real estate envy!).

Now, to the book review. WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP should be required reading for all girls who are kicking off their dating experience. Like many of them, Bianca is naive and trusting, but learns the hard way that she needs to be very careful in the dating world. I'm
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Carey O
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-issues, ya
Aptly titled, this novel shows what lurks beneath the surface of the teenage fairy tale.

A social experiment propels sophomore Bianca into the limelight at her prep school. As a member of the homecoming court, she attracts attention from Dante, a previously unattainable guy. The inexperienced Bianca soon finds herself sucked into a dark relationship that isolates her from friends and threatens her safety.

Not only is this book a fun read, it addresses critical social issues without a heavy-handed
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Bianca's friends experiment with the PQ (popularity quotient) by campaigning for her to win as the sophomore princess in the homecoming royalty. The experiment has unexpected results that put Bianca into a hard learning curve.

Bianca has not had a boyfriend and is not familiar with romantic relationship. Her unexpected popularity has helped her gain the interest of a popular and good looking boy, Dante. He swept in and took her by surprise.

The book dealt with issues that many teenagers experienc
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Be
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, I definitely opened this book thinking I was signing myself up for a fun and light read. And sure, I did get that- Bianca is hilarious and her dynamic with all her friends was great. More surprisingly, though, was Ella Martin's portrayal of an abusive relationship. It's such an important issue that is sadly common among teens today, and props to Martin for addressing it. (view spoiler) ...more
Donna
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, romance, modern
This has that typical teenage angst of "does he/she like me"? I am glad that the whole liking someone just because they like you and covering up their flaws with excuses was shown in this story. People don't realize how the wrong person can effect your own happiness changing you into a shell of who you used to be. The characters were endearing and made me want to know their story too. Thank you. ...more
Jenny Koch
Cute albeit generic story. Excluding the abusive first boyfriend, this was a standard YA contemporary filled with all the classic cracktastic tropes: in love with older brother's friend, dates the wrong guy first, turns out main love interest was in love with her the entire time. Heroine was kind of annoying but I guess I shouldn't be surprised since she was a 15 year old girl.

Overall not bad, just not very memorable. Low re-read potential for me as well.
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A.N. Jackson
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EEEEK...I'm so excited for this book to be out soon. I had the fortuate oppurtinuty to get an early peek and I loved it. Looooovvvveeed it I tell you. I connected with Bianca and sympathize with her plight (mainly because I think I went through something simliar as a teenager, I think... so long ago), and the lesson learned was authentic and real. I couldn't put it down.
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Mandie Baxter
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-owned
10/1/14-10/7/14: Such a sweet, clean read. Not what I usually go for in a book (I like edgier YA contemporary) but I really loved this one!
Megan M Fallon
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT

oh my it was soon good! I could not put my kindle down! I'm sad it's over now, I want more!
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Patricia
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a cute teen romance that stresses the point that we should be able to be ourselves around people who love us and around those whom we love.
Courtney
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome

I loved this book I couldn't put it down I'm gonna read the whole series it was that good I hope the series is the good
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Robin Thomas
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining, rags to riches story (socially speaking) about a sophomore, Biana, skyrocketing to popularity as part of a social experiment by her friends. This story deals with a very real issue of abuse in relationships. A great story to dialog with girls about what they "should" be treated like in a relationship. ...more
Kelsey
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
a cute read. it was really just okay though, hence two stars. I promise all teenage girls are not that dense, though the author makes it seem as though they are.
C.L. Ogilvie
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenaged girls; anyone with a teenaged daughter
When her friends’ social experiment turns Bianca into the It Girl of Westgate Prep, she captures the attention of the most popular guy in her grade. She’s eager to introduce the world to her first boyfriend, but it quickly becomes obvious that her friends are not fans of her new relationship and things only get worse when Prince Charming starts acting like a control-freaky nightmare.

WTRPCPSU was my first foray into YA novels and I must say, this book set the bar pretty high. It tackled difficul
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Kim
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Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? was a cute and fun young adult read. I breezed through it in a couple short hours and enjoyed it. I can't say it's a story or characters that will stick with me for a long time, but I did enjoy it while I was in the moment.

The main character, Bianca was likable and real. She was a little on the naive side, but she was young so that's not entirely unexpected. After becoming the It Girl of her sopho
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BlondeBookWorm
You know how they say "Don't judge a book by it's cover?" Well, seriously, don't judge this book by it's cover.

I was really hesitant to read it after seeing the princess-y cover and title. But it got great reviews, so I gave it a shot. I am SO glad I did.

This book shows the real affects and consequences of being in a controlling and abusive relationship. Most young adult authors show being controlled as something sexy and mysterious. The controlling boyfriend with anger issues is celebrated as
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Tarah
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a quick cute YA coming of age read. I don't always understand the Prep school dynamics, but I find it fun to read about. The things that I really love about this story are Bianca's relationship's with her brother and her friends. My kids are super close in age, and I can only hope that when they get to high school together they will not only look out for each other, but they will enjoy each others company. I hope that they have a group of good friends that they will be loyal to, and I h ...more
Erin
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actions speak louder than words

This was a good story. Bianca's older brother has been blocking boys from approaching her in jr high & freshman year, so she has no idea that she can be picky with whom she chooses to date ... So she says yes to the first guy to ask her.

This starts in the cliche way one expects: unpopular girls gets noticed by hot guy & suddenly they are dating & she is popular. *Only* he isn't the classic YA romantic lead *and* she actually stands up to him when she doesn't like
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Ella Martin is a young adult author and self-described “prep school survivor” from Southern California. With a keen sense for combining relatable teen characters with engrossing stories, her books blend aspects of romance, angst, and intrigue. Her Westgate Prep series tackles female friendships, quirky characters, and sensitive topics with equal tact.

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