Saturday, October 31, 2009

Do-Over - Niki Burnham

Do-Over by Niki Burnham

Publisher Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 240 pages
My Rating: 3½

Summary: Girl meets prince. Girl looses prince. Girl gets prince back -- right? Well, that's what Valerie is hoping. She's back in Schwerinborg after spending some time with her mother in the good ol' US of A, and hopes that sparks are still flying between her and Georg. At first it looks like things are going great, until a ski trip to the Alps has Val and Georg's romance hitting some moguls. Could Val's love life be heading for a face-plant?

My Review: I got this in a stack of used books and at first glance tossed it on my “maybe read” stack of books because at the time it just didn’t appeal to me. However over the weekend was the Dewey 24 hour read-a-thon and since it was a short reader I gave it a try and added it to my read-a-thon stack. Needless to say, I picked it up began reading and could not put it down until I had read the whole book!

Poor Valerie has had a tough year what with her mom asking her diplomat father for a divorce and then dropping a bomb on them that she has been dating another woman on the side and they want to move in together! Then as if things can’t get any worse, because of her fathers high profile job at the White House and the president running for re-election having your ex-wife come out of the closet is not a good thing where your job is concerned so Val’s dad quietly, until after the election, has taken an equally great job as a diplomat in Europe.

This leaves Val torn between staying with her friends and moving in with her mom and her lover or moving millions of miles away with her dad and having to learn a totally different language and way of life.

She vouches for the latter and there she meets him; the prince They immediately form a friendship as they are close in age, will be attending the same school, and both even living under the same roof, even if it is a huge palace with lots and lots of wings!
I enjoyed the quiet relationship between Val and Prince Georg, but like them, long for the day they can go public and have fun like other kids their age. I felt so sad for Val longing for her old home and friends to be near but not wanting to lose this new found puppy love with Prince Georg either. I look forward to seeing what happens next and hope to get the opportunity soon to go back and read the first part of this series!