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The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
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Feb 25, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-debutantes
Read from April 08 to 19, 2012

There's so much going on in this book, but it's the kind of chaos that I'm sure mirrors the lives of many teens who regularly face complex problems and issues. Backes fearlessly covers topics like teen drinking (and driving), descrimination, entitlement and also the kinds of pressures (from friends and parents) that can often be crippling for young adults. Paige is entering her senior year after spending the summer away from her Iowa town, a summer where she was sent away by her parents after a horrible accident involving her and her friends. With the help of a new teacher and a couple of new friends, Paige starts to see the world in a different light and realizes there so much more outside her insular town, and maybe the life she's been living doesn't fit with her new, expanded world view. A satisfying read with real characters who should be more unlikable, but who are yet sympathetic.
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