Review: The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti

7572109Title: The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Author: Deb Caletti
Publication Date: 6th March 2010 (Simon Pulse)
Pages: 352
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Book Depository|

Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist — after all, she’s the dependable one, the girl who never makes foolish choices. But when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.

It doesn’t help that she’s gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He’s a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy…but he’s her dad, and Quinn’s just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he’s treated the many women in his life, how he’s stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half sister she’s never met and the little sister she’ll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father’s wrongs…and in doing so, begin to uncover what they’re really looking for: the truth. [Goodreads]

I originally DNF this book a year or two ago, but something made me hold onto this book even after that. And I am not regretting that now because I really enjoyed this novel. It was a really interesting read and I managed to finish it in two days!

After Quinn discovers that her father has not only broken women’s hearts but stolen pieces of them too, Quinn find the need to undo the wrongs that he’s done. Along with Quinn’s younger sister and half sister, they go on a roadtrip (yay for roadtrips!) to uncover the truth behind all the wrongs that their dad has done.

What I really appreciated about this novel is how nothing is sugar-coated. There was no cliché ideas about love, it was so down to earth and I almost felt like I was reading a self-help guide about love. As we follow Quinn, every so often, there are also narrations from other women in the novel: Quinn’s mother, Aunt, Grandmother as well as her fathers past partners, all expressing their opinions about love. To their first love, what they looked for, what they should have seen, I felt like I was in a communal circle and it was a huge ‘share our love disaster stories’ with one another. But even with these fictional characters, I couldn’t help but be baffled with the way that they spoke and how I related with them! How they have the same mindset as me. This was really what stood out the most for me when comparing it to other romance novels I’ve read.

I left the novel feeling really good about myself. I can’t pinpoint why but the advice that fills this book is so reassuring and there are some awesome snippets of text throughout this book that I kept having to bookmark.

With this huge female empowerment, there was a lack of male characters and those who were there were either evil or was the love interest. By the end of the novel, if you don’t want to slap Quinn’s dad in the face, I think you’ve been reading a completely different novel. There is something creepy about the way that he functions, especially about the whole stealing business.

All in all, I found this book reassuring more than anything and the plot seemed to melt away as I focused myself on the advice the characters had to say with their personal choices. I wish the plot was a bit stronger so that I could rate this book higher.

I can’t wait to pick up my next Caletti novel!

My rating:
I liked it

3 cup

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