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The Secret Life of Prince Charming

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,821 ratings  ·  357 reviews
Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist -- after all, she's the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she

Hardcover, 322 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Simon Pulse
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Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cara by: Haley
Women empowerment. Let me hear it for the ladies! Those are the first words I thought of when I finished this excellently done book. If someone were to ask me what book they could find advice about love this would be it. Seriously that good. I know someone will beg to differ, but for my young heart it was the perfect advice.

Now I really loved Quinn, but my favorite character was her younger sister Charlotte (aka Sprout). I wish I had that much confidence at that age. In reality all the character
Gwen the Librarian
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teenbooks
At first I was not in love with the premise of Deb Caletti's newest; it seemed a little too much like a movie theme, kinda like the last one. But Caletti's writing always conquers all. This, to me, was her most powerful novel. It's all about love and relationships and what women are willing to put up with for love. Like so many of her other novels, it's a multi-generational story and while the heroine is a teen, her mom, grandma, aunt, and the women who have been in her father's life are all liv ...more
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm giving you another chance, Deb Caletti! I liked your first books, and then you made me angry with your lame studies in class in America, a.k.a. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye.

This one kicks off with a quote from a sexist John Mayer song. God, guys, not to go off on a tangent, but how much do I hate that song? First of all, if I were to rerecord it (and I'm not sure the twisty path of circumstances that would lead to that happening) it should just go "parents be good to your children, it's your
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
More than meets the eye

This is gonna be a slightly different review than what I normally write. So here goes....

I almost gave up on this book. If I'm being honest here, it started off really slow and boring. I thought it was going to end up being a rant about the wrongness of men and love. I worried it was too cynical and that it was trying to steer me away from love. Yet, that is completely the opposite of what this book is talking about. It's not about avoiding love, but rather the wrong ki
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti is a very negative and slow paced book. Not a good combo in a book IMO. It took me over half the book to even become slightly interested in the story, but I felt like I was forcing myself to finish it. The story is so negative about the father of the story that it clouded the message I believe it was trying to convey. The dialog was slightly lame, that I experienced a few head desks, as well.

Quinn is the main character of the story, and she’s the
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great advice, great interesting characters, and a unique story. After finishing the book I smiled, so that's got to say something. At first I was a bit iffy about the cover. I even saw another book with this same cover at the book story so I was a bit peeved to see how little work some put into the covers. But you shouldn't judge (or rate) a book by its cover right? And the book deserves 5 stars.

I really like the characters. Quinn is exceedingly nice and polite which you don't see a lot in books
Oct 22, 2010 rated it liked it
So many people had recommended this one to me, so I was super excited to start it.

I had a really hard time getting into the flow of this book. I hated all the italic sections from the various women in Barry's life. It would just be getting interesting and BAM, here comes this random writing from some random woman. Blek. I also had a hard time just getting into this story period. But, when Frances Lee came into the picture and the road trip began- I was hooked. I adored the latter half of the bo
Cindy Dobrez
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it
I reviewed this for Booklist. It's a romance, a road trip, and a coming of age story all of which are fun and will please fans of Caletti's other work and newcomers who enjoy Dessen and others like her. It has an intriguing chorus of older female voices sharing their past history with men and what they've learned. The advice is solid and hard won, and delivered in a way that doesn't seem didactic, just lovingly shared. I'd love to have my teen daughters read it. Maybe I can get them to if it is ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“The Secret Life of Prince Charming” by Deb Caletti is about love. Not the typical kind of love that warms your cheeks, causes your heartbeat to quicken and makes you want to smile all of the time just because you think of it briefly . It’s about terrible heartbreak, the kind that causes you to stay awake for all hours of the night with an empty mind full of unspeakable thoughts. This is a story about 16 year old Quinn, a girl who has been surrounded by other peoples heartbreak her whole life. ...more
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 2.5/5

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Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
First things first, I made a horrible, horrible mistake. I have had this book on my shelf since it first came out in April last year. I read around the first 50 pages and just lost interest and stopped reading it. I don’t know what made me want to read it again but I did and I am so grateful. I will admit this book does have a slow beginning –hence the loosing interest when I first read it—but it really was an amazing read. This was the first Deb Caletti book I have ever read and I am so excited ...more
Jun 25, 2010 added it
Well, I'm only a few chapters into this book. I was a fan of Deb Caletti. I loved her first few books (The Queen of Everthing, Wild Roses, The Nature of Jade) but, this book (a lot like The Fortunes Of Indigo Skye) is filled with negativity and makes me feel like I'm being lectured. I've read some other reviews and I hold hope that the book will get better.(I truly hope it does because I paid $10 for it, which is a lot for a book.) It's taking forever to get to the actual plot with action.
I lo
This book was published for YAs, but I don't think middle schoolers will have the patience - or interest to stick with it, and often as I read it, I wondered if Deb Caletti was feeling equivocal about whether she intended her audience to be teens or middle aged women. Quinn and her younger sister Sprout (Charlotte) join up with a half-sister they hardly know on a quest to return sentimentally valuable items their father has stolen from former girlfriends and wives to their rightful owners. Along ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a weird read. Loved the characters, but there was a lot of classist bullshit woven into the whole thing. I think single moms giving their daughters a list of warning signs in men is a universal tradition, but I don't think one of those signs is dropping out of college. (Also, apparently bad grades & delinquent behaviour are a sign of being a sociopath?)

As someone who had a hell of time with ADD, I would've loved to drop out if I had the choice. Anyway, my defensiveness at the opinio
Mar 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
There's no doubt that Deb Caletti's writing is gorgeous, and her first and third novels, The Queen of Everything and Wild Roses, were outstanding young adult novels.

But I don't think Caletti is writing young adult novels any longer. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart was the first indication I had that she was writing books that were supposedly for teens but really explored themes they simply don't care about.

And now her plots are simply too slow moving and her romances are horribly flat, as if she's had
Sarah Marie
The Secret Life of Prince Charming is a fun and likeable book. I liked Quinn and her family, they were fun to read about and the story was entertaining and really good.
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is called The Secret life of Prince Charming, it’s written by Deb Caletti. This book is fiction, if you like a tiny bit of mystery, along with talking about love then this book is for you.
Personally I really liked this book. I didn’t love it because to me certain parts were boring and didn’t have enough details. I also didn’t love it because the ending left me with tons of questions. But overall it was very good! I really liked how she had details about people. And the surroundings wer
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It's amazing really, what some people will fall for. Mr. Sensitive, the competitive jerk, the control freak, or the "dirty, rotten, liar" in the words of Dorothy Hoffman, Quinn's grandmother. Sometimes though, you never know about your mistake until you really get to know that person. In The Secret Life of Prince Charming, Quinn explores the world of not-so-perfect men, choices, and the complications of, well, someone who is NOT prince charming and someone who is.
This is my first Caletti book. I
I originally DNF this book a year or two ago, but something made me hold onto this book even after that. And I am not regretting that now because I really enjoyed this novel. It was a really interesting read and I managed to finish it in two days!

After Quinn discovers that her father has not only broken women's hearts but stolen pieces of them too, Quinn find the need to undo the wrongs that he's done. Along with Quinn's younger sister and half sister, they go on a roadtrip (yay for roadtrips!)
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've only read a few pages, but this book is really good so far. The author's writing style is different from all the others I've read, and yet it always makes sense. I read some of the funny parts out loud to my little sister last night, and she said she'd have to read it. I'm loving the idea that all of these women live in the same household together, and Gram is really funny. Sprout is cute. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this book! *UPDATE* I LOVE this book! I'm definitely readin ...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Cute story idea and well written, but it only got 3 stars from me because the author went too overboard on all the descriptions and lead-ins. The quest is what the book is all about, and it just took too long to get to it, which would've been fine if it the before part was filled with really great stuff, but it just wasn't.
The essays were cool, and surprisingly I didn't find it to be male-bashing... it was more like: know who you are first and beware of certain types of guys. Nothing wrong with
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
“Where there is love, there is pain.” - Spanish Proverb. The ever practical good girl Quinn grew up in a household surround by women with broken hearts. Almost daily, she’s told cautionary tales by her grandmother, mother and aunt so she decides to play it safe. Her boyfriend is a nice boy - a good boy. Till she gets dump and wonders if there are no good men in the world. When she visits her father - a self-centered womanizer, she discovers that hearts are not the only thing he’s stealing. So sh ...more
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teen girls
This is both an epic story and a lesson:
Quinn's father embodies Prince Charming. He's magnetic, electric, selfish, lazy, eccentric, egotistical, and clever. But what does Prince Charming do after he's stolen hearts?
He steals one object from each of the women he's been with, and tapes their name to the bottom. Quinn discovers this and goes on a karmic mission with her younger sister "Sprout" and the half sister she hardly knows, Frances, to right her father's wrongs. Along the way, she learns th
May 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
So out of all the books I have been reading this is the first one I will officially claim as DNF, I got to chapter 13 and just did not care to find out anymore, which I hate! I really wanted to like this book because as someone coming from a broken family, with a divorce that was terrible, and parents that still can not stand each other I wanted to love this book. First it took so long for me to get into the story, the author has such a beautiful way with words but that actually got in the way s ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
I must admit, I didn't really read the last 25 or so pages of the book, I only skimmed them. It was clear where the book was headed and I didn't feel like taking the time to read something I already knew. Perhaps, I'm trying to make up for lost time. I also liked The Six Rules of Maybe much better than this. In an attempt to learn more about her (mostly absent) father, Quinn embarks on a pilgrimage of sorts to give back items that he has taken from every woman in his life. If you like Sarah Dess ...more
EmilyC CLC
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In The Secret Life of Prince Charming Deb Caletti tells us the unique story of a girl who finds out a secret about her ambitious and self-centered father where she winds up on a road trip with her sister, half sister, and her half-sister's boyfriends brother, who, she might just have the hots for. Her journey teaches her lots of lessons, and though she didn't even really know what the trip was about to begin with, she came out a whole new person, and she understood what she really wanted. She ...more
Clara Dearmore Strom
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The story of a 17 year Quinn who is searching for the real story of the father she thinks she knows. Her father has left a trial of good women behind him and Quinn wants to know why.
She finds the family she was looking for closer than she thought. The women in the book give tips about life and men, some worth writing down.
I love Deb Caletti and recommend her to any teen wanting to read something more than angst novels.
May 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This YA author tends to have great reviews and she's appealing to teen girls looking for a romantic title. This one, however, was overkill. The plot was slow and the ultimate message - being yourself, not choosing a relationship for a number of bad reasons - was overdone. I was groaning by the end the lesson was hammered home so intensely.
Mandy Suttles
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting concept of vigilante justice. This book made me think about how people end up in a relationship, what keeps them there, and the collateral damage done when it breaks. A pretty good read.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Best advice for love I've ever read.
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Deb Calettiis the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and ...more
“It starts so young, and I'm angry about that. The garbage we're taught. About love, about what's "romantic." Look at so many of the so-called romantic figures in books and movies. Do we ever stop and think how many of them would cause serious and drastic unhappiness after The End? Why are sick and dangerous personality types so often shown a passionate and tragic and something to be longed for when those are the very ones you should run for your life from? Think about it. Heathcliff. Romeo. Don Juan. Jay Gatsby. Rochester. Mr. Darcy. From the rigid control freak in The Sound of Music to all the bad boys some woman goes running to the airport to catch in the last minute of every romantic comedy. She should let him leave. Your time is so valuable, and look at these guys--depressive and moody and violent and immature and self-centered. And what about the big daddy of them all, Prince Charming? What was his secret life? We dont know anything about him, other then he looks good and comes to the rescue.” 659 likes
“I used to think that finding the right one was about the man having a list of certain qualities. If he has them, we'd be compatible and happy. Sort of a checkmark system that was a complete failure. But I found out that a healthy relationship isn't so much about sense of humor or intelligence or attractive. It's about avoiding partners with harmful traits and personality types. And then it's about being with a good person. A good person on his own, and a good person with you. Where the space between you feels uncomplicated and happy. A good relationship is where things just work. They work because, whatever the list of qualities, whatever the reason, you happen to be really, really good together.” 507 likes
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