The Princesses of Iowa
The Princesses of Iowa
The Princesses of Iowa
M. Molly Backes
What does it mean to do wrong, when no one punishes you? A smart and unflinching look at friendship, the nature of entitlement, and growing up in the heartland.Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She's pretty, rich, and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash, everything changes. Her best friends start ignoring her, her boyfriend grows cold and distant, and her once-adoring younger sister now views her with contempt. The only bright spot is her creative writing class, led by a charismatic new teacher who encourages students to be true to themselves. But who is Paige, if not the homecoming princess everyone expects her to be? In this arresting and witty debut, a girl who was once high-school royalty must face a truth that money and status can't fix, and choose between living the privileged life of a princess, or owning up to her mistakes and giving up everything she once held dear.

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  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes is about a girl, Paige Sheridan, who is beginning her senior year of high school. But unlike every other year, Paige isn’t as close to her best friends, Lacey and Nikki. Last spring, they were all involved in a drunk-driving accident, changing their lives. Nikki is left with guilt, Lacey now walks with a cane, and Paige is shipped off to babysit in Paris the whole summer. When she returns, she doesn’t come back to her normal life.

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