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

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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
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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
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Arya
Jan 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
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.

SPOILERS//

I knew from the beginning that Sam was a
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Candi Criddle
Jun 17, 2010 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?
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Runa
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rhonda
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If I Have a Wicked Stepmother Where's My Prince by Melissa kantor
5 STARS
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
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Abby-Rose Margarida Sparrow
Sigh. How did this modern Cinderella story go so horribly, horribly wrong?

At least with the "Cinderella Story" movie series (tiresome as that got) there was an attempt to make the Cinderella characters likeable, or at least actually underdogs of some kind. Literally the only "problem" this Cinderella has is that she HAS a stepmother. The wicked thing is debatable, at best. She does a couple of thoughtless things and she does treat her own daughters a little better, but I wouldn't say she was wi
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Rose
Dec 22, 2011 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'
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
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
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Elisse
Jul 28, 2009 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
Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This is how you redo Cinderella. Lovely.

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Gracee Jones
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*SPOILER ALERT* By: Gracee Jones
The book, If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, was about a teenage girl, Lucy, who basically had a life like Cinderella. Lucy was new to her school and had no friends. But one day she had the courage to speak to someone named Connor, the hottest boy in school. It paid off because they both liked each other then started dating which gained her a lot of friends. Sadly though it was the opposite at home. Her dad was gone at work most of the time and sh
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Kaija
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 /5
I expected a teen book and I got a teen book. If I was looking for something ground breaking, or something novel I would have been disappointed.

I expected a Cinderella story with a teen girl who as being a teen girl. Over complicating things and sometimes having her own view distort reality of her "wicked" step-mother. That's exactly what I got. Plus, I was able to read the book in 2.5 hours so that was helpful.

Beach read? Yes.
Book for a teen girl? Yes.
Ground breaking? No.
Amazing characte
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Riya
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
good
Lily
Dec 11, 2012 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
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Lynn  Davidson
Jul 03, 2012 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
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Sara
Dec 12, 2011 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
Kristi
Jul 17, 2008 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
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Nicole
Dec 25, 2012 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
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Autumn
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
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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
Shannon Hitchcock
Jul 10, 2009 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
Kristyn
May 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: mature teens 14+
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Isabella
May 23, 2015 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
Lena
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Alexis
Feb 16, 2009 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.
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.
Morgan F
Cinderella Story Number 192745
A light, frothy story that is an easy read. Same story for the billionth time with no particular insight or memorable characteristics.

maria
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it
a really good cinderella story but in "our" time. its fun imagining cinderella as a sophmore experincing what we go through.
Mindy
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is very much a teenager book. I felt like a teenager reading it.

Everything is very dramatic (every time a boy touches the main character, she becomes all giddy) and the main character acts like a teenager with too many hormones who is not always in control of her mouth or actions. As an adult reading this, it was sort of frustrating because I kept thinking "Why can't you be more logical? You are not making sense!", but I had to remember that this is a book about a teenager which was written
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Madalyn
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Dear Madalyn,

You started out liking this book, but as it progressed you found yourself increasingly rolling your eyes. The plot line was really predictable. I knew right away Sam was "Prince Charming" but then I was disappointed when there were barley any exchanges between Lucy and him. And any time that there were conversations in this book, not just between Sam and Lucy, but Lucy and EVERYONE, they were all dull and boring. The whole time you wondered how anyone could like this girl.

You also
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