Entertainment Weekly called this book “Hilarious”. I could not agree more. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the team behind Go Fug Yourself, took our favorite beloved royals and reimagined them in a way that only true royal watchers could…then they threw in an American twist and the result has me in giggle fits for days every time I reach for this treasure. I had seen so many reviews before I read it the first time that all said “pace yourself…I hate that it’s over” or “there needs to be a sequel, please let there be a sequel”…I though for sure this might be stretching it a bit…then I got my copy. I am on my 4th or 5th reading of this and I seem to love it more each time.
Some technical and Diamond Challenge specific notes, just so I keep everything honest…I am allowing myself the use and inclusion of audiobooks in my Royal Reading Diamond Challenge. I am allowing the use and inclusion of audiobooks for a variety of reasons 1) I process information better if I hear it and have used audiobooks as a main form of reading for almost a decade now…even my textbooks in college were converted to audio form so I could complete my reading assignments. 2) For some of the books on my Royal Reading Challenge list I only have the audio version and do not have a hardback or paperback version. 3) I am not like most other people, I cannot multi-task and absorb what I hear in an audiobook, so my bed and an audiobook is to me what a book and your favorite reading spot is for you. 4) I REALLY need new glasses before I try to read a print version of a book…and since I can’t drive due to my physical disability and a host of other reasons, that means I need someone to drive me to the eye doctor. For someone to take me to the eye doctor that means they need the time off work or time where they are not also expected to care for a small child. We are working on this but a date has not yet been sorted.
Now, back to my thoughts on the book:
(for those who have read, picture Lady Bull…I mean Bea saying this) : I see you providing this in clearly read, well-voiced audio, full marks. Using the audio version of this meant late night Trisha could indulge in late night Nick and late night Bex, and it also meant that I was treated to the full compliment of well-voiced characters as voiced by Christine Lakin.
Bex arrives at Oxford in a bit of a rainstorm and looking for all the world like a drowned rat…I love her from the start, the man most girls were dreaming of was right in front of her and not only does she not recognize him she says things about his ancestors that would make one cringe with embarrassment but which any of us might mutter when none the wiser.
None of us can really know what the Royal family is like behind closed doors but Heather and Jessica give it their best shot and I think what made this book so irresistible for me was that, even though you KNOW from the setting in the prologue and the artwork on the cover that this story is based on Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, it stands on its own. With a cast of readily identifiable, yet new faces you get drawn into the story and find yourself loving scene after scene even when you know that certain twists can’t be but a few pages away. At one point I found myself laughing hysterically at the antics of Freddie and Bex and then crying with Bex and Lacey just a few seconds later. The handling of the engagement announcement was a bit of surprise to me, but I love it…announce big news, then fall in with a yearly family tradition…perfect and no stress on anyone (I did feel for Bex there) I loved every minute of this book and I think I really loved the “team meeting” near the very end as well as the solution the team came up with. Something tells me Will and Kate would have gone for something like that, if they’d have thought of it.
For all the lovers of royal fashions out there…you will easily spot nods to several of Catherine’s outfits…I was pleased with each one that I saw make an appearance. I have a list of suggestions for the sequel…
On that note I’ll admit to having slipped on my choir robe and joined the chorus…”please let there be a sequel” and I’m thinking the Impressive Clergyman from The Princess Bride needs to make a cameo….somehow, maybe at a Service of Thanksgiving?
To Nick and Bex …Long may they reign!