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I so want to give this book five stars. It's charming, well written, touching, and a lot of fun. I love the Fug Girls (the authors) and their website, and I found the story to be engaging. I also came to adore nearly all of the supporting players...including Lady Bollocks and Pudge. But my feminist heart just can't completely get on board with this book because I found Bex to be a really, really disappointing heroine. Here we've got a girl who arrives in England brave, smart, and independent. Over the course of the novel, she relinquishes nearly everything that makes her who she is, all for the sake of keeping a man. She loves him fiercely, there's no doubt about that, and the times they spend together are lovely. It's a running theme--the idea that Bex is losing herself. Maybe the reality is that to live that royal life, she'd have to give herself up completely (though I hope not; I hope Kate Middleton managed to hang on to her soul). But I can't get behind a literary heroine who does that, and by the end, what I really wanted was for Bex to leave her prince, go home, get a job, and recapture who she was at the start. Like real people, I feel like characters in stories should evolve into something new and better. Your 20-year-old self shouldn't be your best self.
My favorite parts were when the group was at Oxford. I found all their shenanigans and adventures to be charming and fun. The stuff with Nick and his mother was wonderful and heartfelt, and I even didn't mind the soapy nature of the later twists and turns. If Bex had just managed to regain herself amid all the attacks and attempts to change her, I'd have loved it. But in the end, the message seems to be that to find true love and the joy that brings, you have to hide or even lose your soul. I just can't get behind that.
That said, the reader was fantastic.
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While looking for a light and fun book to listen to while doing different projects, I found The Royal We. Based on the majority of reviews, it sounded good so I ordered it. Main thing is I can't believe I listened to the whole book waiting for the good part. The story hoped to follow along Prince William and Princess Kate but other than their meeting at college, that's it. Nick, the one day King meets Rebecca, the American girl who grabs his heart, but who also does nothing but drink and watch TV and party along with their friends. The whole story is filled with the drama of drinking, sex, wrong person to have sex with, wrong sex to have sex with, jealousy and more crying than at 50 funerals. It is a poorly written story with the couple's entire relationship after 8 years based still on how hot they are for each other. A very silly book. Not worth a credit nor worth the credit of being published.
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