Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine

Book Description:
"Jerramy Fine wants to be a princess. At age 6, she announces that she is going to meet and marry the Queen of England’s grandson and even as she gets older, not once does she change her mind! But growing up with hippie parents in the middle of a rodeo-loving farm town makes finding her prince a bigger challenge than Jerramy ever bargained for. How can she prepare to lead a royal life when she’s surrounded by nothing but tofu and tractors?

Jerramy spends her lonely childhood writing love-letters to Buckingham Palace, and years later, when her sense of destiny finally brings her to London, she dives head first into a whirlwind of champagne-fuelled society parties in search of her royal soul mate. She drinks way too many martinis and kisses far too many Hugh Grant look-a-likes, but life in England is not the Disney fairytale she hoped it would be. Her flatmates are lunatics, London is expensive, and British boys (despite their cute accents) are infuriating. Sure, she’s rubbing shoulders with Princess Anne, Earl Spencer and the Duchess of York – but will she ever meet her prince?"

I actually enjoyed this book more than I anticipated- the author's wry humor kept it from being too over the top despite her focus on becoming a princess. Though I do question the wisdom of pursuing a dream to marry royalty from age 6 to 26, I can't argue against the power of tenacity that Fine so ably demonstrates. Sure, it might have been better to focus the energy and intellect on saving the world rather than on perfect Peter Phillips, but in the end, you can't argue with results!

I did feel a lot of sympathy for Jerramy growing up in a slightly wacky household, and also for her hippie parents forced to deal with a child who believed she'd been switched at birth. The author's descriptions of both dorm and flat life in London were bang on, and made me crack more than one sympathetic smile. In the end, it was Fine's humor and voice that carried this book, that and the unlikely fact that the book was a memoir rather than the latest Bridget Jones wannabe. All in all, an enjoyable read that I'll recommend to friends.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As someone who spent her life pining to be in London, I can't wait to read this! I've been on this big memoir kick lately - if I see a memoir at the library, I have to pick it up and take it home with me. It's a sickness.