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Princesses Behaving Badly

Princesses-behaving-badly-book-cover“Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History – Without the Fairy Tale Ending” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
Nonfiction – 3 Stars

The premise of Rodriguez McRobbie’s book is that being a princess probably isn’t the best life ever. The introduction discusses how she’s trying to dispel the myth of the “Disney Princess,” and that there are other princesses to look up to if you want to. Some of them fall in that genre, some don’t. She discusses how some princesses were able to forge their own destiny, while some made the best with what they had. I feel she was trying to include princesses that would be better role models, but I think many of them didn’t fit the bill. In that way, I don’t feel she fully achieved her goal, but she was successful in making a history book that was interesting to read while highlighting that being a “princess” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! Just a quick warning: I would not say this is a good book for a younger audience. The book discusses adult themes, and occasionally more adult language.


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