Published by HarperCollins Australia on February 1st 2013
Executor of the Find a Prince Program™ and future author, sixteen-year-old Aurora Skye is dedicated to helping others navigate the minefield that is teenage dating. Counsellor-in-residence at home, where her post-divorce ad-agency father has transformed into a NAD (New Age Dad) intent on stripping his life bare of ‘the illusionary’ (i.e. the removal of home furnishings to the point where all after-hours work must be done in lotus position on a hemp cushion) Aurora literally lives and breathes Self-Help.
When the beginning of the school year heralds the arrival of two Potential Princes™ who seem perfect for her best friends Cassie (lighthouse beacon for emotionally fragile boys suffering from traumatic breakups) and Jelena (eye-catching, elegant and intent on implementing systems of serfdom at their school) it seems as if Aurora’s fast on her way to becoming the next Dr Phil.
As Aurora discovers, however, Self-Help is far from simple. Aurora’s mother arrives home from her extended ‘holiday’ (four years solo in Spain following the infamous ‘Answering Machine Incident’) throwing the NAD into further existential crisis. With Valentine’s Day drawing closer and the new Potential Princes not stepping up to the mark, Aurora is literally forced to take to the stage to throw two couples together. However, being cast opposite Hayden Paris (boy next door and bane-of-Aurora’s life) in the school production of Much Ado about Nothing brings challenges of its own. Not only does Hayden doubt that Cupid is understaffed and thus in dire need of Aurora’s help, but playing Beatrice to his Benedict throws her carefully preserved first kiss for a Prince into jeopardy. As Aurora races to save love’s first kiss and put a stop to the NAD’s increasingly intimate relationship with her Interpretive dance teacher (guilty of putting Aurora on detention for a ‘black aura’) she is left wondering who can a self help guru turn to for help? Can she practice what she preaches? And can long-assumed frogs become Potential Princes?
This was just wonderful. Wonderful beyond wonderful. Its been a while since I read an amazing contemporary and this one…this one. It made my laugh, it made me cry, it made me so happy, it made me annoyed, all the emotions when into this book. Aurora Skye. Such a majestic name for such a clumsy person. Me. I loved Aurora. She felt like a real person to me. That I love, that I get annoyed by, that makes me cry, she is one of the most emotionally influential person that I have ever read about. I loved the idea of the Find A Prince Program. I would for one never use this program because that is not my personality butttttttttt I still loved the idea of AURORA using it. She is the perfect person for this program. She’s a mini cupid. Yet sometimes cupid can be a pain in the ass. But a very cute pain in the ass 😉
Oh Hayden Paris, you have officially been added to the Gabi’s Never Ending List of Fictional Boyfriends. Congratulations! He is such an effing cutie patootie with an effing heart of gold. I think I’ve said this before but my absolute favorite types of relationships in books are the love/hate relationships. They are just amazing to read about. There’s a very thin line between love and hate 😉
The Squad. The Squad of girls. Lindsay, Sara, Jelena, and Cass. Why aren’t they just a bunch of sweeties. I loved the stories behind these characters that hid behind the main story of the books if you get where I am getting at. Going back to Aurora, I cried. Its a rare occasion for me to cry during a book. But her relationship with her mother and father really made my tears come out. And I really appreciate that from books.
All in all, this book was amazing beyond words. I loved it so very much. And I feel like the thing I liked most about was how 3D it was. I could meet an Aurora Sky in real life. I have met a Hayden Paris in real life. There is a 3D girl squad. And it really makes the story pop out. So would I recommend this book? HELL FREAKING YEAH!!!!!!!! SO READ MY FELLOW NERDS! READDDDDD