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Royally Jacked

(Royally Jacked #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  4,319 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Valerie's life is pretty good. While she's not the most popular girl in school, she does have decent grades, great friends, and a potential boyfriend. All a girl could want.

Then her mother announces that (1) she's gay, and (2) she's leaving Valerie's dad for her girlfriend. Not what Valerie envisioned for her future. And just when Valerie is getting over this bombshell,

Mass Market Paperback, 229 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Simon Pulse (first published December 23rd 2003)
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Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok

It was borning.Throught all book my face was like

The only thing that was for a little bit ''interesting'' was cover photo.

Prince looks like he is kissing air, and a girl have that mean look. Doesn't she?
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Okay, this book is cute. It really is. My problem is that I had no idea what the purpose was. Nothing was resolved.

Valerie moved with her dad to this small European country, the main plot of the book, which, by the way, happens more than halfway through the story. While there, she lives in the country's castle and of course falls in love with the handsome prince. Right away. That is always my biggest pet peeve with young adult books. I want build up and conflict surrounding the relationship and
Cristina F
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because after reading The Chosen One I really needed something light and uplifting. This was a great book to pick. It was really cute and a very quick read. The only problem is I did not realize it's part of the series and I do not have the next book! Uh oh. I want to know what happens with Valerie and the two guys she is crushing on.

What the book blurb doesn't tell you is before moving to Europe the guy Valerie has been crushing on finally starts to show some interest and then
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a laugh-out-loud romance
This book was hilarious! It was one that I had found when I first said to myself, "Since you can't make up your mind, your just going to close your eyes, scroll your finger along the spines, and choose. No going back." The cover threw me for a moment as just a silly cartoon, but I had promised myself and I did read it. In the end I was pretty glad I had read it, I couldn't stop laughing! It was like a version of the movie that ABC always plays "The Prince And Me" in a book instead, but with diff ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because I have to be honest, I totally LOVED this book when I was in high school. LOL!
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of potential but just fell flat.

I did not like Valerie for a majority of the book, up until the very end. She came across very judgmental towards her mom. Valerie had every right to be angry about the divorce, but some of the comments she makes about her mom and Gabrielle are awful.

As for the rest of the characters, the only two people I really liked were Valerie’s Dad (who has such a cool job btw) and Prince Georg. All the other characters were annoying, vain, or simply bad
Melody Manful
That library scene of their first meeting was cute. Which is why I'm going to read the second one.
Kayla (booksandbloomies)
I’m a huge fan of the romantic comedy mass market paperbacks and this one was so much fun. A prince and a commoner it’s the fairy tale we all dream of. The characters were cute and it was a fun read. Nothing super special though.
Karen Keyte
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it

“Exactly two weeks, one day, and ten hours ago, my mother completely ruined my life. She announced over her usual dinner of Kraft macaroni and cheese (with tomatoes and broccoli bits mixed in - her attempt at being healthy) that she no longer wished to remain married to my dad. She planned to move in with her new girlfriend, Gabrielle. Yep. Girlfriend.” - Valerie Winslow

It’s not like Val is anti-gay or anything - she’s not, truly - but her mother could not have picked a worse time to decide she’
michelle suttentapia
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Royally Jacked- Valerie is the main character of the book.“Exactly two weeks, one day, and ten hours ago, my mother completely ruined my life. She announced over her usual dinner of Kraft macaroni and cheese (with tomatoes and broccoli bits mixed in - her attempt at being healthy) that she no longer wished to remain married to my dad. She planned to move in with her new girlfriend,Gabrielle.Val is a sophomore in high school half way through her sophomore year. Val is going to have to relocate. H ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, romance, own-it, virginia
I love this triology! probably because i had no idea it was going to be triology. I was completely hooked right from the start. Niki Burnham's writing is a delight to read

this is a cute and fun book for tweens. I really enjoyed reading this little romance when I was in high school. Gave me a little hope that i may meet my own prince charming someday. :)
Jade O'Brien
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
a cute funny contemporary book that is so much fun to read
Kaitlin (BooksWithKaitlin)
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Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Edited one: The book Royally Jacked is a romantic comedy about young Winnie. Winnie is shook after being told that her mom is gay and would like to divorce her father. She was given the choice of moving to a country she’s never heard of or living with her mom and her new love interest. She decides to move with her father. She’s going to be living with the royal family and a certain prince.
As you can tell after reading as rare as these events sound, just try and look and the overarching picture
Feb 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this book was really lame. I didn't like any of the characters (except maybe Georg, he's pretty cute). Not to mention the lack of plot development and out-of-the-blue romance really put me off. Overall, just a slow and unenjoyable experience, and it took me about a week to finish despite the book being short in comparison to most.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was just inside the realm of okay for me. Also, it is kind of incomplete since there doesn't seem to be any proper climax or conclusion to it. It is mostly a prologue to what I'm assuming would be the main plot in the next book.
The writing is good, funny at times but suffers from the lack of an actual plot.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great concept - a girl lands in a castle because her mom divorces her dad after discovering she is a lesbian. While adjusting to that news, Valerie has to decide who to live with - and chooses to move with her dad to Europe - where of course she runs into a prince! I love the life inside the castle - as Val falls in love with her prince and deals with that aftermath.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple,cute, and fun, quick read.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book a lot it has romance and drama its not hard to read and is not to thick .
Jennifer Wardrip
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Valerie Winslow, like any other girl, thought that she had it all: the perfect friends, the perfect family, and the perfect crush. But her world turns upside down and soon Valerie begins to question her whole life. Her mother decides to tell the family, at the dinner table, that she cannot continue in her marriage because she is gay and is going to move out and live with the new love of her life, who happens to be a woman.

Katie Fitzgerald
Royally Jacked is the first book in a trilogy by Niki Burnham. It was originally released as part of the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies series, and has recently been repackaged, along with its sequels, Spin Cycle and Do Over in a three-volume edition called Royally Crushed. In this first installment, main character Valerie's world is turned upside down when her mother announces she is leaving her father to move in with another woman. Valerie has two choices - change schools and move in with her m ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Royally Jacked totally reminds me of The Princess Diaries. It does star a Royal, but not a Princess Mia. Instead, there's a prince named Georg or something like that and it's pronounced in an odd way. Royally Jacked is hilarious, silly, and seemingly immature. That's probably why preteens are allow to read it.

It's a very short book, with only about two hundred pages. Even though it's amazingly short, it's quite annoying, thanks to the immature, or usually whiny, main character/narrator. I'll ex
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 / 5 stars
This review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....

Well, I will say first and foremost this book was a disappointing rom-com. Goodreads recommended it to me based on my brit lit/comedy selection, and the tag line on the back is "A romantic comedy for every girl who thinks she's met her prince." Well, this book is about as much of a romantic "comedy" as most rom-com movies are - i.e. not at all. I don't think I chuckled or laughed a single time throughout the entir
The Fairytale Nerd
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Read full review at The Fairytale Nerd.

This book has some seriously funny lines. Valerie's narration is honest and natural. I also liked the fact that the prince in this story is not depicted as the most handsome guy on earth. Valerie wasn't attracted to him outright as Valerie had another love interest at the beginning of the story. I believe that the prince grew on Valerie as they got to know each other better. I also like Prince Georg. He is smart, responsible, and "normal." In fact, thi
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Dec 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015tbr, dnf, 2015-reads
Sigh. I don't understand where all the 4-5 star reviews are coming from.

Our protagonist, Valerie, has quite a bland personality, to be brutally honest.

She's very shallow. She has best friends who she freely admits she doesn't even trust (and who she knows will go about backstabbing/gossiping about her once they know about her "issues").

No personality whatsoever. The book is in the first point of view, and just reading how her mind works/her inner monologues/musings annoyed the crap out of me.

Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
I got a bunch of these Simon Pulse books in a Book Bazaar deal on PaperBackSwap about a year ago, and I finally decided to give one a try. They are basically chick lit/light romance novels for the high school demographic. The main character, Valerie Winslow, is a high school sophomore who is silently suffering over the real reason her parents are getting a divorce: her mom is a lesbian. She can't even admit this to her very best friends.

Because of her parents' split, she basically has two choice
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Cute but meh. Just a very short read.
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