Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of both Cory Doctorow and Sarah Dessen; illustrated throughout with comics.
Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.
Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.
Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.
When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon---her best friend, Libby, who lives.
Bookworm Review: This came across my lap because it was one of the Texas Lonestar List. This is a huge deal here in Texas. Librarians in public schools like to promote these books and offer rewards for students who read from this list. Just this year I had students who read books from last year's list and now they get to have a party in the library after school. Yes, 7th graders still get excited about parties.
Anyways, I read the book so that I could let other students know if I liked it or not. I have to say that I really liked the premise behind the book. There were parts where I skipped ahead because I lost interest. I had the plot line figured out after about halfway through. I did enjoy the little bits and pieces of comic strips throughout. They helped add to the storyline and gave some interest to the story.
I would recommend this book to upper elementary students and younger middle school students. It's not my usual Realistic Fiction type of book, but it was a nice, quick read.