by M. Molly Backes
Paige Sheridan had it all. She was beautiful, popular, and in line for Homecoming Princess. Her friends and boyfriend were perfect, and she thought her life was perfect. Paige’s world fell apart, though. At the end of her junior year, Paige is in a drunk driving accident. Only her friend Lacey is seriously hurt, but Lacey is able to heal. The relationship between Lacey and Paige, however, seems like it will never heal. Not only is there blame about the accident but Lacey is mad at Paige for abandoning her after the accident. Paige’s mom sent her to Paris for the summer after the accident. Paige was miserable there, having to babysit for a dysfunctional family, but all her friends thought she was off on the perfect summer vacation in Paris.
The Princesses of Iowa is about how Paige recovers and heals after a life changing event. Paige’s friends and boyfriend treat her differently when she returns from Paris. Nothing is the same and Paige is no longer sure what she wants out of life. Paige starts to heal, however, through writing. She is enrolled in Creative Writing and her new teacher, Mr. Tremont, is able to guide Paige into unlocking a talent for writing that she never knew she had. The Princesses of Iowa is a great read for someone who is looking for a good realistic fiction book with not a lot of drama. Basically, this is a story of a girl trying to figure out who she is. Paige’s transformation from shallow and boring to thoughtful and interesting is a great one to read. This is also a great book for anyone who is interested in writing and how it can be used as a creative outlet.