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A Royal Match

(Calypso Kelly)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  790 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Can a normal American girl really catch a prince?

When LA-born Calypso Kelly arrives at the exclusive all-girls British boarding school, St. Augustine's, she's determined to become popular. But when a photo of Calypso kissing England's heir to the throne, Prince Freddie, ends up in the tabloids, it will take quick thinking to save her reputation-and her relationship with th
Paperback, 512 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Lauren Suero
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
I admit it: I’m a complete sucker for any kind of “fairy-tale” story where a complete normal girl catches the eye of the prince and they live happily ever after. Call it the “Disney” syndrome or what have you, but I remain to this day devoted to these kinds of novels. So while on my recent trip to Barnes and Noble to pick up a few books (I’m looking at you, Aimee Carter), I was distracted by the cover of A ROYAL MATCH. It was aptly placed in the “Royal Fairytale” feature shelf in the YA section, ...more
Reading Vacation
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
With the royal wedding a few days ago, it feels like the perfect time to post this review. A normal girl and a fit prince falling in love is the perfect companion for Kate and Prince William’s big day. Besides, I was in the mood for a fairytale romance.

It has always been a dream of mine to go to a boarding school, especially in England. Living in a dorm room with other girls, forming life long bonds, no annoying boys, and high level education make it sound like a dream come true. It is not a dre
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I luvvvv this book!!! I was hooked the moment I laid eyes on it! It's about this girl from la named calypso who has been trying for years to fit in at her British boarding school. So she and her moms personal assistant ( jay her mums gay PA) pretend to be going out. He sends her letters and txts and stuff and all the girls at her school r amazed. Then she enters a complicated luv triangle between prince freddie and a rich guy. I heart these books and recommend them!!!!!! This summer I recently w ...more
Aeron Trahaearn
So I read this whole long arsed book in a day!! It was okay I guess, Calypso wasn't that cool to tell you the truth. I think I'm probably not the chic-lit type of girl. I mean I really hate hare brained, self centred and status concious girls. (in case you are wondering that's Calypso in a nut shell!) I like kick ass girls, who make their own decisions or, Kick ass I guess? Calypso was so totally boy crazy that I was amusingly irritated... Any who, I had my eye on this book for a while, so I am ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay. I hate to admit it but I say that almost every book I read is the best. This one may actually be it though. It's actually the two books combined so it's like 500 pages, but it was so good I read it in like 2 weeks!!
Daisy Alison
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic and underapreciated book - tells the story of a geeky american girl who has a hard time fitting in at her new english boarding school - untill her encounter with the prince of england.... Hilarious, Heartwarming and deliciously jucy!
Sandra Jason
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, Fabulous, Glamorous - What more can a girl need - A prince perhaps... This book has it all - Hurrah fro Calypso!!
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm still reading this one, so I'm going to reserve judgment and may change the rating later, but as of now this is a huge disappointment for a couple of reasons -

1) I'm pretty far in this book and there hasn't been any romance between the main characters yet.

2) This is a book written by a British author, and is full of slang that I've never even heard of (despite the fact that I read British authors all the time). That's not the issue. The issue is that the main character, Calypso, is America
SJH (A Dream of Books)
If you were hit by Royal wedding fever this year and you have recurring dreams of meeting a handsome Prince then this is the book for you! It's a perfect fairytale romance set in an all girls boarding school featuring hot guys, crazy nuns and plenty of kissing.

This volume actually consists of two books: Pulling Princes and Stealing Princes which were originally published as separate titles. They've been combined here and republished as 'A Royal Match' with a very attractive cover that had been c
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ooookay. That was... a bit... well let me explain.

The first part, "Pulling Princes" was just a typical story of girl and boy or commoner and prince. At the start it sort of reminded me of Will and Kate with the school thing and everything. It was good. It was the typical story but also still interesting.

"Stealing Princes", the second story however was a bit messed up. I was sooo annoyed of Calypso because she kept making stupid mistakes. And I was annoyed at the author because I had no idea what
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Review posted on Alexa Loves Books

This book was a quick, charming read that I breezed through in about four hours. It combined many of my favorite elements - London, British culture, boarding school, pranks and other hijinks, fun female characters and swoon-worthy male characters - so it's really not a surprise that I genuinely enjoyed it.

It was really a whole lot of fun to read about the crazy things that Calypso, Star, Georgina and their other friends got up to at St. Augustine's (although I d
Jason Jones
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - it was the perfect companion for me on the royal wedding weekend - the characters are fabulous (even the hated "Honey" had me in stiches for hours!!) the setting is divine and the whole book is brimful of heartwarming teen romance - I've always been a sucker for the "fairytale romance" setting, and in my book this novel (which is actually two books rolled into 1 - VALUE!!!) completely takes the cake!

I could't help but fall in love with Calypso, her best friend Star, the teach
Susan Finnigan
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything a girl could want - cute, funny, charming, handsome, rich - oh wait no, thats my dream man - this book is a great substitute till he comes along though!!
michelle (magicalreads)
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.25 stars

I randomly saw the second book at the bookstore and was somewhat intrigued. Most of this is mindless fighting but I was entertained at least? Not as much romance as the summary makes it out to be though :/
Vera Maharani
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who want a less mature version of The Princess Diaries
I remembered that I liked the first book (Pulling Princes, translated to Bahasa Indonesia) when I was in junior high. I could only vaguely recalled the storyline, apart from the main character had a very unique sporting endeavour (fencing), and, as the title suggest, she pulled the prince. So when I knew that Pulling Princes actually has sequels, and this edition combined the first and second books, I picked it up without hesitation. It seemed like a more sensible alternative than binge re-readi ...more
Aida Begic
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
It was interesting at the beginning but from the middle on I was bored and just waited to finish. Nothing special.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I usually like the Royal theme but this was just buried in teen angst and a heaping measure of female bitchiness! No other word for it! C’mon Calypso develop a backbone!
Aimee :))
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrenyalit
A Royal Match has two - make that three - things that drew me to the story: Boarding School, England, and Royalty. You can leave almost everything else aside and for these qualities alone, I am sure to enjoy the book. And I did.

A Royal Match is actually a compilation of two books out of a four book series (apparently there's a fifth book as well but I can't find any information about it). The two books are Pulling Princes and Stealing Princes.

First thing to know about this book is that it's rea
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Rating: 2 1/2 stars

I hate to say it, but Calypso is not a particularly intelligent character in the second half of A Royal Match (aka Stealing Princes) and that, unfortunately, overshadows all her marvelousness from the first half (aka Pulling Princes). She’s a teenager, she’s bound to make mistakes, but really? But let me rewind…

In Pulling Princes, Calypso just wants to fit in. She’s been at St. Augustine’s for a few terms and has made one good friend, Star. The two of them are inseparable – bo
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
A royal match is the story of Calypso Kelly, an American girl who is sent halfway across the world when she was 11 years old to go to St. Augustine's boarding school from her home in LA. St. Augustine's is no ordinary boarding school, it is the school where the elite in Britain and all across Europe send their children to get a quality, Catholic education. When Calypso arrives, she is instantly sworn as an outsider to all the other girls that go there, save her best friend Star. Because of her n ...more
Joana (The Boundless Booklist)
This includes the first 2 out of 4 books in the Calypso Chronicles which is a series about a girl named Calypso Kelly who is an American teenager attending boarding school in England. She yearns to be popular and gets just that when the heir to the throne, Prince Freddie, takes interest in her. A picture of them kissing ends up in the tabloids which causes big problems for both. Calypso is able to tackle the disaster and hopes that her second term (semester) at school will be better. But Honey O ...more
Michelle Wrona
3.5 star rating

A Royal Match was an average, okay book. Nothing special for me! It could've been way better, but it wasn't. Since there was 2 stories in one, I enjoyed the first one better than the second.

First of all, I knew that this would be a little cliché. The English prince, ehh I was hooked, but not as I was in my favourite novels.

The plots were slow-paced. I wasn't too interested, and it didn't WOW me. I felt as if Calypso kept droning on and on. Like I said, I prefered t
Lea (Paperback Princesses)
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed By: Paperback Princesses

Fourteen year old Calypso is an American girl attending an all-girls boarding school in England. Her school shares fencing classes with a nearby all-boys school, where Prince Freddie, the heir to the throne, attends. Her first kiss with him, though sweet at the time, becomes a disaster when the picture is plastered all over tabloids.

The focus of Pulling Princes isn’t solely on Calypso’s relationship with Freddie. It zeroes in on her relationship with her parents
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
When I picked up the book at Barnes and Noble, I was intrigued at the summary. I deliberated whether or not I should buy it for my Nook Tablet, but after a few weeks, I went ahead and purchased it.

I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed with the novel. The character was supposed to be an American girl, living in a boarding school in England, but the way the author wrote the character's point of view was strictly British. I had a hard time believing this girl was from Los Angeles. The plot is th
Jul 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I tried. I really did. Numerous times over a month. BUT, I just couldn't make myself finish. This book is so full of swearing, bullying and mindless prattle that I felt like I was hitting myself in the head with a brick while reading it. UGH. I think my IQ dropped 10 points per page. Granted, I am not a teenager anymore, but I still enjoy ya fiction. This was like the movie Mean Girls or Clueless on steroids. I made it through the whole first book but couldn't finish the second. I just don't eve ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book seemed like it was going to be a good read from the front cover and what it said on the back but it was so "tragic" to use one of the words that keep popping up in the book.

Yes it probably aimed at young teenaged girls rather that adults but I can't even imagine a teenage girl sitting to read this as it just got boring reading about the girls all basically being bully's and had a complete lack of common sense.

In parts you did think that you wanted it all to work out for Calypso but mo
Jun 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was more young adult than I realized but even this book had a tendency to over use the concept of teens only thinking of themselves. Initially liked the idea of an American girl trying to fit into a high class English boarding school. The idea of wanting to date a prince added to it. The bitchyness of the girls became too repetitive, every misbehavior that they could do was done. Glad to find that Calypso was able to find the good in most of the girls there. Liked the idea for raising money ...more
Mackenzie B
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this book! Im so excited to read the next one in the series!!!! It is filled with gossipy drama that is honestly so entertaining! And a sweet romance with a prince that every girl dreams of! I am not very big on reading but this really got me! It makes me laugh, angry, happy, and even a bit jealous of calypso! I recommend this book. Im even gifting it with the rest of my friend's birthday gift. Overall, it is a must read!
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
This one looked like your good-ol' YA chick-lit. And it was. There wasn't enough relationship interaction (her and the prince) for my likeing. Especially in the second half, it got a little boring. I was surprised and grateful that the author put in a glossery of British terms and Fencing terms. It helped me to more understand what she was doing or saying. And it was fun to know some of the terminology with the London 2012 Games shortly thereafter.
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