Truly madly royally

Debbie Rigaud

Book - 2019

New Jersey girl Zora Emerson is attending her pre-college prep at Halstead University, where the incredibly wealthy and stuck-up students go, and after only a week she is feeling academically confident but socially out of place; then an awkward mix-up of cell phones brings her into closer contact with Owen Whittelsey (prince of a small European country) and his security guards--but it is when Owen asks her to be his date at his brother's royal wedding that life becomes really complicated.

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Romance fiction
New York, NY : Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc 2019.
First edition
Physical Description
289 pages ; 21 cm
Main Author
Debbie Rigaud (author)
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Zora's summer goes from tolerable to unforgettable when an unlikely romance develops.Zora, a young, black community organizer, commutes from her New Jersey home to a pre-college summer program at a local Ivy League university where most of the students are so wealthy she feels like she's in a different world. She survives by texting her friend Skye real-time updates. A chance encounter in the library leads to a relationship with Owen, a white boy who, as it turns out, is a real, live prince of a small European country, complete with his own security detail. In their first conversation, Owen owns up to his privilege, and he and Zora connect over the burdens they each feel to live up to external expectations despite the enormous differences between their backgrounds. Much is riding on Zora's academic success in the programbenefits to both herself and her communitybut she can't help falling for the charming prince. She agrees to give their relationship a try, and when he invites her to a major public event, Zora must pull together all her confidence to get through it. Readers will root for smart, talented Zora as she navigates the world of the rich; her voice is humorous, and her imperfect family is believable.A light and entertaining tale that also addresses serious real-world topics. (Romance. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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