[Note: I've been on the road for the past two weeks, so haven't had an opportunity to post my reviews, but I have been reading so I'll try to catch up here over the next couple of days]
To the rescue comes a creative writing class that Paige is taking at school. Taught by a young grad student, she is encouraged to channel her anger and frustration and "use it" to write. In the process, she discovers new friends and explores new options, opening herself to the idea that the world may mean a lot more than being a "princess." Paige's mother, still obsessed with the old dream, continues to push Paige in a direction that she is no longer certain she wants to go.
A fairly lengthy book, which felt artificially drawn out by dialogues that never quite finish. When you can pinpoint a hundred-odd pages that could have been eliminated by simply completing a sentence, you know the story's in trouble. Tighter would have been better. Or maybe it's simply the characters that drove me nuts. Paige didn't really show much sign of being nice until about page 350. That's a long time to hold out hope for her redemption! And her peers were far worse. Basically, these weren't people I wanted to get to know (in some cases, they were people I actively wanted to run away from!). So, a story that dragged on and characters that didn't appeal basically defeated some strong writing -- in sum, a beautifully depicted world that I didn't want to get to know.