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I Am Princess X (2015)

por Cherie Priest

Outros autores: Kali Ciesemier (Ilustrador)

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Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.
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Mary Robinette Kowal does an outstanding job reading this for the audiobook. ( )
  lclclauren | Sep 12, 2020 |
I enjoyed it, but the plot was a bit too far-fetched melodrama for me. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
As middle-schoolers, May and Libby created Princess X, a katana-wielding, sneaker-wearing heroine who lived in a house haunted by friendly ghosts. They had piles of notebooks filled with her adventures, written by May and drawn by Libby. And then, the unthinkable happened: Libby died in a car accident, along with her mother. May was devastated -- and even more so when she realized that Libby's father had left, hiring a cleaning service to clear out the house. All of the Princess X notebooks were gone. Years later, May starts seeing something impossible: stickers and graffiti bearing the phrase "I am Princess X," accompanied by the unmistakable image of the princess, just as Libby once drew her. There's even a website with a Princess X webcomic. Did someone find their old notebooks and recreate the character, or is it possible that Libby somehow survived the crash, and is out there somewhere, waiting for May to find her?

The pacing of this book is spot-on, and the characters are great. I sometimes questioned their choices, but not because they were unbelievable (at one point I asked the book, "Have these people never seen a horror movie?" because they kept going places they shouldn't). It's a quick, fun read, and there's no romance to speak of -- it's all about strong friendships. It would be easy to pick holes in the plot, I think -- the mystery element wasn't particularly strong or twisty, and I thought the "clues" in the Princess X comic weren't as cryptic as the author wanted you to think, but all in all, I bought even the sometimes tenuous plot details in the moment as I read. Recommended to readers who enjoy YA for the quick pacing, and don't mind making a few leaps in terms of plot. ( )
  foggidawn | Mar 4, 2020 |
I enjoyed this quick read. The mystery was intriguing and it was different from any mystery I had read before. The webcomic pages interspersed throughout the book provided clues and definitely added to story. I really liked the fact that there was a friendship that developed between two teens without any romance, as well as a strong female friendship that grounded the book making May's actions believable. ( )
  SGKowalski | Nov 5, 2018 |
The presentation for this book is wonderful. The book cover, chapter design, and illustrations are what drew me in. The purple theme is fitting because y'know royalty=princess.

STORY:

"The princess became their alter ego, their avatar, their third best friend" (pg 8).
In I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest (256 pages), May and Libby bond over Princess X a character they mutually created in fifth grade, May wrote and Libby drew. Their friendship comes to a drastic halt when Libby passes away in a car crash. May thought Princess X died with her best friend, but apparently, Princess X is very much alive.

"Nobody ever... (pg 172)" [I forgot to write down my favorite quote from the book in its entirety, and I've already given the book back to the library. ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ ]
Here's a quote I like from the book, that I actually wrote down:

"The cement turned a satisfying cherry red, like the pavement was bleeding" (pg 1).

I really liked that detail.

So, concerning the story, junk got real very fast. No lie, page nine hits the reader clean in the face. Pfft, it probably rearranged your nose.

I thought I knew who the great antagonist, Mr. Needleman, was but I was wrong!

CHARACTERS:

I liked reading about these characters a lot.

May was likable but a bit bland. Of course, she knew that as well because Libby's the one who brought liveliness to their lives.

Libby's half-Asian (half-Japanese to be exact) so there's 50¢ of diversity. But, she dies in the first ten pages so...

Anyway, I liked Libby a lot, to the point, I wished she would have narrated the story. For me, May could've been Princess X and let Libby shine by herself. Also, there was so little reaction for Libby's dad.

Patrick was a lot of fun!

My favorite would have to have been Jackdaw! He seemed a bit like an anti-hero. I don't know many people who would have done as much as he did.

OVERALL:

A pretty good thriller with a few surprises, 4 out of 5 stars! I wanted a cupcake more of suspense, but I acknowledge I had to read this book quickly (before its due date). Maybe I needed more time to ruminate on the ending. And for those who don't enjoy it, there was NO ROMANCE.

I recommend this book for any teen, though some of the hacking/computer stuff could possibly make someone paranoid. ( )
  DestDest | Oct 11, 2018 |
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