Prince in Disguise
Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

Prince in Disguise Details

TitlePrince in Disguise
Author
ReleaseDec 19th, 2017
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781484768174
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Prince in Disguise Review

  • katwiththehat
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review: Thank you so much to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for giving me the chance to read and review this super cute novel by Stephanie Kate Strohm! What an adorable book about a younger sister dragged along to Scotland for her sister’s wedding to a Scottish lord, which, to her dismay, is being filmed for a reality TV series “Prince in Disguise.”Gosh, I just loved the chemistry between Dylan and Jamie. From the first moment they meet, they have this really natural, cute, nerdy vibe that w Full Review: Thank you so much to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for giving me the chance to read and review this super cute novel by Stephanie Kate Strohm! What an adorable book about a younger sister dragged along to Scotland for her sister’s wedding to a Scottish lord, which, to her dismay, is being filmed for a reality TV series “Prince in Disguise.”Gosh, I just loved the chemistry between Dylan and Jamie. From the first moment they meet, they have this really natural, cute, nerdy vibe that works so well. You feel like you’re spying on two regular teens falling in love. Sometimes in books, this feels rushed. But I loved the way that while on this little Scottish get-away, their interactions, whether hiding from the cameras or going on real dates felt genuine and full of the sort of bloopers you can expect in real life. Jamie was sweet and just the sort of hero you would want to fall in love with, and I like that Strohm made him loveable but not so over the top that he seemed like he wasn’t real. Just perfect.And I especially loved the relationships within Dylan’s family that we got to look at. Before I forget, it was really nice to see Strohm write a really tall girl! It seems like I’ve read a lot of very petite heroines lately, and it’s lovely when we see heroines that come in all different shapes, sizes, ethnicities, sexual orientations, etc. So having Dylan be six feet tall and on eye level with her guy was a brave and lovely choice! I liked the exploration of all the relationships Dylan had with members of her family (won’t say too much since I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I thought that was well worked out and brought story arcs to a nice conclusion.) This was a super cute read that’s perfect for cuddling up and enjoying on a cold rainy day, or listening to (that’s what I did) when you’re not feeling well. It’s light-hearted and full of funny reality-TV moments that if you’ve ever watched “The Bachelor” will make you roll your eyes. 4/5 stars.Please excuse typos. Entered on screen reader.
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  • Sherwood Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I already know of two high-school aged relatives I am giving this book to for Christmas, and I hope I can see them read it.This is an utterly charming wish-fulfillment romance, featuring Dylan, eye-rolling younger sister of gorgeous, perfect Dusty, beauty-pageant-winner from Tupelo. Dusty was chosen for a reality show, at which she met Scottish laird Ronan, and fell in love. Now Dylan, to her total disgust, is being whisked off to Scotland for the second series as Dusty and Ronan marry at his va I already know of two high-school aged relatives I am giving this book to for Christmas, and I hope I can see them read it.This is an utterly charming wish-fulfillment romance, featuring Dylan, eye-rolling younger sister of gorgeous, perfect Dusty, beauty-pageant-winner from Tupelo. Dusty was chosen for a reality show, at which she met Scottish laird Ronan, and fell in love. Now Dylan, to her total disgust, is being whisked off to Scotland for the second series as Dusty and Ronan marry at his vast estate.Dylan is no Cinderella, in that she is anti-romance. She's no-nonsense, a long distance sprinter, and is totally not ready for a super cold stint in an ancient castle . . . until she meets Jamie, there as a groomsman for Ronan, and he leads her to a secret trapdoor tunnel.The fun is on as Jamie and Dylan make friends, try to evade the ever-present TV cameras, and surprises occur as they lurch toward the wedding day. Dylan's wise-acre best friend shows up, making the story even more of a crackup.I loved the evolution of the sisters' relationships, and how Dylan handled the surprises, both those provided by the TV people for maximum drama, and the ones that just happened because life is like that. A couple of twists an older reader can see coming a mile away, but that is perfectly fine as the fun is really in seeing how Strohm would handle them.A delightful read from first page to last, putting Strohm on my "watch this author" list. And like I said, three copies already sold. (One of those is MINE.)Copy provided by NetGalley
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    That was proper cute. Review to come.
  • Erin Sky
    January 1, 1970
    An Adorable Holiday Slump-buster!I was SO excited to be approved for this Disney-Hyperion title on Net Galley, and it did not disappoint!If you’re in the mood for a fast, slump-buster read–whether to get you back into reading or to kick-start you into the holiday spirit–this is it! I loved Dylan immediately. She’s the awkward, self-conscious, shy younger sister of a beauty-pageant winner, dragged into a high-profile world she never wanted to be part of. When she ends up meeting a boy she might a An Adorable Holiday Slump-buster!I was SO excited to be approved for this Disney-Hyperion title on Net Galley, and it did not disappoint!If you’re in the mood for a fast, slump-buster read–whether to get you back into reading or to kick-start you into the holiday spirit–this is it! I loved Dylan immediately. She’s the awkward, self-conscious, shy younger sister of a beauty-pageant winner, dragged into a high-profile world she never wanted to be part of. When she ends up meeting a boy she might actually LIKE (for the first time, like, EVER), she’s forced to go through the roller coaster of first love on reality television. UGH, right???I’ll admit I struggled a bit between four and five stars–I FLEW through the book, but it doesn’t have a ton of dramatic tension. There’s nothing in the world quite like that teen anguish of is-he-going-to-like-me? mixed with the rush of omg-he-might-really-like-me! and I didn’t always feel that here. It was more of an ADORABLE read than a dramatic one–the surprises weren’t terribly surprising, and the complications weren’t terribly complicated–but sometimes that’s exactly what I’m in the mood for.Bottom line? After starting and putting down several other books that just didn’t hold my interest, this one stuck with me. I’m giving it 4.5 stars and rounding up, for that “stickiness” factor. It held my attention from the first page to the last, and I genuinely enjoyed the read. I cared about the characters (Dylan’s romantic interest is equal parts nerdy and sweet–I LOVED him), the pacing was excellent, and the overall story was a fulfilling ride, with a lot of smiles along the way. I highly recommend both the book and the author, and I will be following Stephanie Kate Strohm for sure!
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  • Cookie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks so much to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC via Netgalley!!*Okay, this book was adorable and fun AND HAD THE BEST DISNEY REFERENCES. I was dying with each witty Disney reference/comment that was made, and Strohm definitely has confirmed that she is a master of adorable, cheesey goodness - my favorite contemporary kind of novel. This story did drag in a few parts, and I started to get really bored - however it was cute for the most part.The best part of this story was the comedy and *Thanks so much to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC via Netgalley!!*Okay, this book was adorable and fun AND HAD THE BEST DISNEY REFERENCES. I was dying with each witty Disney reference/comment that was made, and Strohm definitely has confirmed that she is a master of adorable, cheesey goodness - my favorite contemporary kind of novel. This story did drag in a few parts, and I started to get really bored - however it was cute for the most part.The best part of this story was the comedy and wit. I read Strohm's previous novel, It's Not Me, It's You, and I actually laughed out loud quite a bit in this one - it was the same case for this one. She just has a wit to her that seems so effortless and not forced. I screengrabbed so many lines because I just had to remember them to laugh at in the future. There were a lot of comic moments, too, and I love a book that can just launch out in a comedic moment without any effort.I also really enjoyed the characters. Dylan was fantastic, and I can so relate to her being thrown into this situation. She was funny, she was so easy to root for, and she was just a fun character. Jamie was cool, as well. He made a few too many references that went right over my head, and but I mean, you got to love a man that will start singing, "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" to woo a girl out of her room at night and then names expeditions like The Premeditated Trapdoor excursion. Literally, I feel like he is me as a love interest in a story. XD Both of them were fun, and I loved them together.The plot was engaging as well. I loved the idea of a Bachelor- type show with a magical prince in disguise and then the accompanying reality show following them. There was some kind of mystery involved, and all the antics that followed in Scotland was great. It was truly a lot of fun.However, some things felt like it just was repeating over and over. Like, it didn't feel like the plot was moving and we were focused a bit too much on the comedy. At that point, it just felt kind of boring. I got disengaged with the story at some points, but it still was enjoyable overall.This was a fun, enjoyable read, but it did dwindle in parts. I really enjoyed the characters and the comedy, and the ship was super cute. There were a few references that I did miss, but they were overall enjoyable. Three crowns and a Belle rating - which if I remember correctly did have a reference in here, too!Favorite Quotes:*****On what was supposed to be the last day of filming Prince in Disguise, when I thought we were done with the Reality Channel forever, Ronan revealed he was secretly a lord, and then he dropped to one knee and proposed to my sister. See? Ronan seemed nice, but he was probably insane. You don't marry someone you just met. Did they not have Frozen in Scotland?*****"Little Match Girl? Because you were frozen? The Hans Christian Anderson story?""Yeah, I got the reference." I returned to poking the puck. It was proving to be distressingly resistant to my attempts to pierce it. Like an actual hockey puck would be. "Not really my favorite story. Kind of a downer.""Unlike that heartwarming, not-at-all-depressing Hans Christian Anderson classic, The Little Mermaid.""It's heartwarming when it involves singing crabs. Say what you will about Walt Disney, that man knew how to jazz up a real bummer of a story."*****"Did you stash that flashlight down here?""The Premeditated Torch is, naturally, the follow-up to the smash best seller The Premeditated Trapdoor.""That is seriously the worst idea for a book series I've ever heard.""Balderdash. Dashing British hero and his plucky American lady sidekick explore uncharted territory? It's brilliant.""Plucky?" Eh, I'd been called worse. "And this territory has already been charted. By you.""But it's uncharted for you, my plucky American lady sidekick." I turned to see him grinning at my side. "You can hold the torch, if you'd like."
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  • Jill Hart
    January 1, 1970
    Prince in Disguise is so much fun! The cover tricked me a bit and I thought this was going for be more of a middle grade story, but it's actually a YA full of heart and hilarity. Dylan is tired of being in the older sister's shadow, yet not at all interested in being in the spotlight. When her sister lands a spot in a bachelor-like reality TV show, Dylan does her best to steer clear and stay away from the cameras. However when her sister wins the heart of the bachelor and prepares to film a new Prince in Disguise is so much fun! The cover tricked me a bit and I thought this was going for be more of a middle grade story, but it's actually a YA full of heart and hilarity. Dylan is tired of being in the older sister's shadow, yet not at all interested in being in the spotlight. When her sister lands a spot in a bachelor-like reality TV show, Dylan does her best to steer clear and stay away from the cameras. However when her sister wins the heart of the bachelor and prepares to film a new show all about the wedding, Dylan funds that she must step up as sister of the bride. Unfortunately, it seems that the producers love to make Dylan the comedy relief of the show and she constantly finds herself in crazy situations. And when a cute guy, who is part of the wedding party, befriends her, Dylan must decide if she's willing to live out her new relationship on-camera or let the guy go.This is such a sweet, fun read! I loved Dylan and all her clumsiness. As she grows throughout the story, you get to see her come into her own and gain confidence. She's hilarious and relatable, the perfect combo for a YA rom-com.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    A cute, fun contemporary full of Scotland, medieval castles, and a prince in disguise - this was exactly the fluffy read I had hoped for!
  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely lovely. Fluffy, fun, sweet, swoony, snowy. Give me ALL the YA holiday romance.
  • Hallie
    January 1, 1970
    ADORABLE, trust me, you'll wanna read this in December! Full review to come.
  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    This book is the cutest freaking thing in the universe. The rommiest and commiest of the rom-coms. I am officially obsessed with Stephanie Kate Strohm.
  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    This really is just a Hallmark Christmas movie meets the Bachelorette in a YA form. While I enjoy a good Hallmark Christmas movie, I don't think they have enough substance for an enjoyable novel. Just a bunch of fluff. Also, the at least five different Disney movies referenced seemed a little self-aggrandizing as Disney-Hyperion is the publisher of this book.
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  • Anne Brown
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really fun, guilty-pleasure type read. To me, it was on par with The Selection prewedding if it was being told from the POV of America's younger sister, but in modern day Scotland rather than dystopian America (so basically just no rebel attacks). Yes, it was cheesy; yes, it was predictable, but c'mon, it is based on reality TV. I liked Dylan and Jamie's characters a lot, and their nerdy references constantly made me smile. I read an ARC, so hopefully there are a few things that will This was a really fun, guilty-pleasure type read. To me, it was on par with The Selection prewedding if it was being told from the POV of America's younger sister, but in modern day Scotland rather than dystopian America (so basically just no rebel attacks). Yes, it was cheesy; yes, it was predictable, but c'mon, it is based on reality TV. I liked Dylan and Jamie's characters a lot, and their nerdy references constantly made me smile. I read an ARC, so hopefully there are a few things that will be edited, but other than that I thought the story itself was pretty enjoyable. I'd probably read more if it continued into a series.(Reading Challenge 2017: Book with a Red Spine)
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Hoo boy. For a good three quarters of this book I was dead-set on giving it a one star rating and never looking at it again. But that last 1/4 brought some redeeming qualities. Prince in Disguise oddly read like a cross between Austenland and The Selection, but in a younger YA kind of way. It was... cute, I guess, and I rather enjoyed all the Disney and musical references, but there were also two main problems for me: I did not like the main character and there was a lot of girl hate going on.Fi Hoo boy. For a good three quarters of this book I was dead-set on giving it a one star rating and never looking at it again. But that last 1/4 brought some redeeming qualities. Prince in Disguise oddly read like a cross between Austenland and The Selection, but in a younger YA kind of way. It was... cute, I guess, and I rather enjoyed all the Disney and musical references, but there were also two main problems for me: I did not like the main character and there was a lot of girl hate going on.First, the main character, Dylan. I hate using the word unlikable to describe female characters because I feel like the word unlikable is used as a crutch by a lot of reviewers to describe flawed female protagonists (a really good essay on likability in YA written by Courtney Summers can be found in Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World; it's worth a read), but I don't know. Dylan was just really annoying and kind of dumb and really hateful for a good portion of the book and that was not... fun to read. At all. She had the whole "I'm not like other girls" mentality and I was just kind of annoyed with her for the entire book. She was also kind of an idiot. I'm going to set up a scene for you (no spoilers, don't worry): you are a teenage girl in a country you have never been to before and aren't familiar with. You are stranded at a train station in the middle of the woods and you are the only person there. A male stranger comes up to you (at a train station in the middle of the woods) and says, yeah, he knows why you're here, and he's sorry your ride abandoned you. He says he knows the guy whose house you are trying to get to. He is acting very friendly. What do you do?a) Use some of your roaming minutes to call your sister and ask her to find out where your ride isb) Pretend you have a phone call and do that thing where you make sure you tell the person on the other line that you will "be there soon" to show this male stranger that if he tries to kidnap you people will know you're gone and come looking.c) IMMEDIATELY TRUST THE MALE STRANGER AND ASK HIM FOR A RIDE. IN HIS CAR. WHEN YOU ARE STRANDED IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. WHERE NO ONE WOULD BE ABLE TO HEAR YOU SCREAM.Can you guess which one Dylan chose? "'Assuming you're not a murderer, and since you seem to know who Ronan is, do you mind giving me a ride to his estate? Where's your car?'" Have you..... How do.... What... Why...... I don't understand how any teenage girl would realistically ask that of a man she had literally just met two seconds ago. Has her mother taught her nothing. Has she not learned anything at school. Has she never had any interaction with any women in her life. How did no red flags go off in her mind. I can't even say anything about it specifically because it just blows my mind that this is a real thing that I read. Ugh.Second, there was a lot of girl hate going on in this book. As I said before, Dylan was one of those "I'm not like other girls" characters that drive me up the metaphorical wall. Throughout the book she does go through a lot of character growth, I'll give her that, but for a good chunk of it I was really annoyed with her because she was just plain mean. It went past normal sibling rivalry to just general rudeness."'What do you want from me, Dyl?' Dusty jammed the lid on the back of the box with more force than was necessary, then rose to face me, eyes flashing. 'I'm stupid if I go along with the show, now you're givin' me grief for goin' against it. Which is it? Y'all can't have it both ways.''I was just -- Gosh, Dusty, it was just a joke.' Was she going to cry? [sic]She tapped her fingers briskly beneath her eyes, swiping away any eyeliner smudges. God forbid she look less than perfect for one single second."It was just crap like that that really made me dislike Dylan. Sure, at the end of the book she grows to love her sister and her mother for who they were, but underneath that there was still a lot of hate for feminine girls. It felt more like that she now thought her sister and mom were exceptions to the rule, the rule being that tomboys are inherently better than femme girls. I also didn't feel as though the romance between Dylan and Jamie was built up enough. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if there had been more buildup to their first kiss. Also wish there had been more diversity, and less tokenism. Just because the book acknowledges that it's tokenism doesn't make it anymore okay. I know that they're in Scotland, but, like, come on. It's not that hard to include more than one poc side character, especially when half of the cast comes from the United States. Another weird thing about Prince in Disguise was the language. It's not that I wanted more swearing, I just thought it was weird that the language was SUPER clean (I'm talking gosh darn it, shiz, and the like), but then in like the last five chapters there were five or six swear words spoken. It was a weird enough shift that I noticed it, and I wish there had been more continuity in that regard.(view spoiler)[Also, I, a person notoriously bad at figuring out plot twists in books, figured out the big plot twist like... less than halfway through the book. I wish it had been more subtle. (hide spoiler)]What saved this book from a one star rating were two things: Dylan's character arc and the humor. First I'll talk about Dylan's arc. Though I talked about my issues with it above, I will give the book this: She really did change for the better as a sister and a friend. She went from selfish and disliking the people around her to a loving sister and daughter who stood up for her family's wants and needs, and it made the last part of the book relatively enjoyable.But the thing I liked most about Prince in Disguise was the humor. There were so many funny Disney references and just witty jokes that it made reading to the end of the book worth it. I don't usually laugh out loud when reading, but this book made me giggle so often that I'm pretty sure I got an ache in my side. To conclude, there was some good but a lot of bad in Prince in Disguise. It was probably something I would have enjoyed a lot more when I was twelve, but my tastes have changed. If you're looking for something that will solely make you laugh, then I guess you can read it, but if you're looking for literally anything else in addition to that then I would pass on it.I was provided an eARC by NetGalley in exchange for a complete and honest review.
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  • Brittani
    January 1, 1970
    This was delightful. It was exactly what I needed when I needed it. I was wanting extremely charming pure fluff and that's 100% what this book is, it's beautiful. I laughed out loud multiple times and I was just so happy during the entire read. I really liked the individual characters and all of their interactions - (just about) everyone is more than their stereotype and I really liked the many layers of each character and their many relationships. idk, this was just a delight. I read it from st This was delightful. It was exactly what I needed when I needed it. I was wanting extremely charming pure fluff and that's 100% what this book is, it's beautiful. I laughed out loud multiple times and I was just so happy during the entire read. I really liked the individual characters and all of their interactions - (just about) everyone is more than their stereotype and I really liked the many layers of each character and their many relationships. idk, this was just a delight. I read it from start to finish with only a break to watch an episode of Brooklyn 99, I didn't wanna put it down and I didn't really want it to end. I would definitely recommend it for fans of Kasie West and anyone looking for a funny, fluffy read.I was provided a free copy of this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Yiota
    January 1, 1970
    Solid 3.5 - a fun and quirky book, reading like a mashup of a reality dating show and the movie Prince and Me. Dylan and family joins her sister Dusty in Scotland, where they're filming her wedding to a royal family member. Dylan, our funny and normal teenager, meets Jamie, friend of the groom, and many funny moments and literacy references ensue. This is a light book, something easy to read over a break. You'll guess the plot twists a mile away, but the awkward conversation and secret passages Solid 3.5 - a fun and quirky book, reading like a mashup of a reality dating show and the movie Prince and Me. Dylan and family joins her sister Dusty in Scotland, where they're filming her wedding to a royal family member. Dylan, our funny and normal teenager, meets Jamie, friend of the groom, and many funny moments and literacy references ensue. This is a light book, something easy to read over a break. You'll guess the plot twists a mile away, but the awkward conversation and secret passages make it worth it. And, you can totally make "Rochester" into a verb!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This was super cute! It's set over Christmas, but it's not too Christmas-y (very winter-y though) and it's in Scotland! The romance was adorable and so sweet, there's some great sister relationship dynamics, and there's a supportive best friend. The best friend is the only black character in the book and could be stereotypical at times, so that rep might be iffy for some. But otherwise, really cute for people who want more holiday YA and more cute fluffy romance YA.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a cute book! Full review to come closer to release date.
  • Valentina Markasović
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for providing me with an ARC e-copy of this book!Dylan, the protagonist, is everything you would expect from a YA heroine - clumsy, less pretty and less accomplished than her sister, (camera-)shy, runs away from problems, etc. But she is also a lot of things I didn't expect: a runner, quite tall (why do I so rarely find a book with a tall heroine?), surprisingly decisive - one of the storylines ended in a way I did not expect, but in a way I ver Thank you so much to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for providing me with an ARC e-copy of this book!Dylan, the protagonist, is everything you would expect from a YA heroine - clumsy, less pretty and less accomplished than her sister, (camera-)shy, runs away from problems, etc. But she is also a lot of things I didn't expect: a runner, quite tall (why do I so rarely find a book with a tall heroine?), surprisingly decisive - one of the storylines ended in a way I did not expect, but in a way I very much approved of. Despite her being, more or less, a trope, Dylan was still extremely interesting to read about. Her interactions with the male protagonist, Jamie, were obviously my favourite (I'll get to him in a moment), but I really liked that the family wasn't sidelined, like in most YA novels that focus on romance. Dylan's relationships with both her mother and her sister were very well developed.Jamie was a real sweetie. He was somewhat shy, yet really amusing and interesting; his literary references were what I liked the most, although I am a bit sorry they kind of disappeared at some point around the middle of the novel, I think. Strohm really managed to translate the concept of a reality TV show into a book - the plot twists that are obvious from the very beginning, the blurring lines between reality and TV, the omnipresent cameras intruding into your privacy... Life (apparently) isn't easy for television personalities (not that I know), and the book captures it really well (I think). The book was heaps of fun, a relaxing, fast read that you will fly through because you just gotta read one... more... chapter.
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  • Portia
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Stephanie’s and this is her best book yet, in my opinion.Her voice shines through in the humor and nerdy references that fill this book. There are so many literary references that made me shout “YAAASSSS” throughout my empty apartment when I was reading.The combination of a fun Scottish setting and an intrusive reality show leads to tons of laughs and silly situations. The characters are all great and incredibly realistic. I was really disappointed to leave them behind when th I am a huge fan of Stephanie’s and this is her best book yet, in my opinion.Her voice shines through in the humor and nerdy references that fill this book. There are so many literary references that made me shout “YAAASSSS” throughout my empty apartment when I was reading.The combination of a fun Scottish setting and an intrusive reality show leads to tons of laughs and silly situations. The characters are all great and incredibly realistic. I was really disappointed to leave them behind when the book ended. And, ughhhh, Jamie was so freaking adorable! I wish he was real…
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: I’m already a big fan of author Stephanie Kate Strohm, so when the publishers and NetGalley (thank you both!) provided a review copy in exchange for my honest feedback, I already knew I was in for a treat. Prince in Disguise is a joy to read. From the moment we meet Dylan (powering through a saltine-eating challenge while her best friend “coaches” her Lombardi-style), I already knew she was my kinda girl. Dylan is goofy and awkward, sure – but also self-possessed, smart, funny, Full disclosure: I’m already a big fan of author Stephanie Kate Strohm, so when the publishers and NetGalley (thank you both!) provided a review copy in exchange for my honest feedback, I already knew I was in for a treat. Prince in Disguise is a joy to read. From the moment we meet Dylan (powering through a saltine-eating challenge while her best friend “coaches” her Lombardi-style), I already knew she was my kinda girl. Dylan is goofy and awkward, sure – but also self-possessed, smart, funny, and not at all self-pitying about growing up in the shadow of a stunning sister, who, through the magic of reality television, has fallen in love with a Scottish Laird and is dragging the whole family (and camera crew) to Scotland to get married. On Christmas Eve.As if that weren’t bad enough, Dylan (who chose to come to Scotland later than the rest of the crew) finds herself stranded on a train platform in the freezing cold, waiting for a groomsman who never shows. Who does show, though, is Jamie – tall, handsome, slightly nerdy, poetry-quoting Jamie. Who is approximately the most adorable YA Hero I’ve met in a good long while, and that’s saying something. Jamie, who finds trapdoors and tunnels underneath the castle. Jamie, who can quote Edith Wharton and Monty Python with equal glee. Jamie, who wakes up at 2 in the morning to sing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” outside a lady’s door when, at long last, it starts to snow! I could go on. I dare not go on. Spoilers!Suffice it to say: I was utterly *charmed* by this book. By Jamie and Dylan, both as individuals, and as a couple. Their banter left me giggling at the most inopportune moments (sorry, co-workers!). I loved how the various relationships – not just Jamie and Dylan’s - evolved through the course of the book. I loved how Dylan handled the many, twisty surprises that both reality and reality TV provided. And throughout, I loved how Strohm’s sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartfelt tone rang true throughout the book, even though the premise was on the fantastical side. Highly recommended!
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  • G
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a cute and quick read. The introverted and extremely private Dylan has the misfortune of having an extremely famous and extroverted sister who has ended up winning the heart of her "prince" on a reality dating show. Now her family and she are stuck in front of the camera at the lead up to her sister's wedding in a Scottish castle. But her meeting with her soon to be brother-in-law's friends/groomsman is not as uneventful as she wishes. Fortunately, Jamie, a friend of the groom, is This book was a cute and quick read. The introverted and extremely private Dylan has the misfortune of having an extremely famous and extroverted sister who has ended up winning the heart of her "prince" on a reality dating show. Now her family and she are stuck in front of the camera at the lead up to her sister's wedding in a Scottish castle. But her meeting with her soon to be brother-in-law's friends/groomsman is not as uneventful as she wishes. Fortunately, Jamie, a friend of the groom, is all to willing to be Dylan's partner-in-crime in escaping the wedding madness and the cameras.The relationship between Dylan and Jamie is sweet but predictable. I easily saw the 'shocking twist' of this story about 1/3 of the way through this book. I also loved the relationship Dylan had with her family. I was very please to see that Dusty was not made to be a completely plastic and brainless character that she seemed to be when the story first started and I loved how in the end Dylan tried to protect her older sister. I was not surprised when Dusty and Dylan's estranged father showed up. But I also think the author did an amazing job of portraying how each sister would react to their father's return which was very authentic. The family dynamic was spot on.This was an enjoyable read to just escape into for a short period of time. I also loved all the nods and references to Disney films.
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  • SouthernTodayGoneTomorrow
    January 1, 1970
    Written by Stephanie Kate Strohm, this novel follows Dylan, the sister to a reality TV star and Miss Mississippi. Who is getting, very publicly, married to a Scottish Lord. And of course there is a young gentleman for Dylan as well.This was a sweet story that was a pleasure to read. The characters were odd and mostly shallow, so this isn't the next great novel, but it was so enjoyable. Very pleasant to read a light hearted story. A love story appropriate for all ages, I would happily give this t Written by Stephanie Kate Strohm, this novel follows Dylan, the sister to a reality TV star and Miss Mississippi. Who is getting, very publicly, married to a Scottish Lord. And of course there is a young gentleman for Dylan as well.This was a sweet story that was a pleasure to read. The characters were odd and mostly shallow, so this isn't the next great novel, but it was so enjoyable. Very pleasant to read a light hearted story. A love story appropriate for all ages, I would happily give this to a younger cousin and tell them to look for someone like Jamie, Dylan's love interest. He is odd, and sweet, and not a jerk.So, those are my short thoughts and who would like this - an all ages love story.*SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS*I knew as soon as we saw Jamie that he would be a love interest. And from the start I thought he was the prince. Prince in Disguise is the TV show where Dusty and her man met. And the fiance is so shallow and poorly developed that I can't remember his name. Rowan? Ronan? Something like that. He and Dusty are really not developed at all.And I don't get why Dylan is forced to be on the TV show? Why would you ever sign your child up for something like that when they can't duck out?What made this story good was Dylan and Jamie's relationship. That is kind of it. I wish it would have just been that with out the reality TV bit.Still enjoyed it.
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  • Kaylee
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute story! The basic premise is that Dylan's sister, Dusty, was a contestant on a Bachelor-style reality show called Prince in Disguise. It's now time for Dusty to marry her "prince," which means that the family not only has to travel to Scotland over Christmas break for this televised wedding monstrosity, but now Dylan (awkward, oh, so awkard Dylan) has to deal with the cameras following her every move. Things start looking up when she meets a cute boy named Jamie at the train station, b Super cute story! The basic premise is that Dylan's sister, Dusty, was a contestant on a Bachelor-style reality show called Prince in Disguise. It's now time for Dusty to marry her "prince," which means that the family not only has to travel to Scotland over Christmas break for this televised wedding monstrosity, but now Dylan (awkward, oh, so awkard Dylan) has to deal with the cameras following her every move. Things start looking up when she meets a cute boy named Jamie at the train station, but as with every good reality show, nothing is quite what you expect as they aim to make this season of Prince in Disguise The Most Dramatic Season... Ever.I absolutely loved this book! The voice was spot-on. The banter fantastic. I felt like Jamie and Dylan had some serious Gilmore Girls-ian banter with books and poems and silliness, and those were all of my favorite parts. Also a bonus, this was a clean YA read that I would feel comfortable passing along to even young teens--while also managing to have a believable and fun romance. The main character (Dylan) was adorable, and I loved her growth throughout the book. Also the side characters: hilarious. Kit Kirby and Heaven were the best. I definitely recommend this book to anyone in the mood for a great romantic comedy and it is a definite must for fans of reality shows!Thank you Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for the ARC of this book.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Dylan finds herself swept off the Scotland for her sister's destination wedding. Her sister Dusty won Scottish laird Ronan's hand on the Prince in Disguise, a reality show, and now they will be filming all that leads up to the wedding. Nothing could make camera-shy Dylan less happy. Of course being left at the train station by the best man and rescued by cute Jamie gives her adventure quite a start.Dylan and Jamie become good friends as they both try to avoid the cameras. Dylan was a great chara Dylan finds herself swept off the Scotland for her sister's destination wedding. Her sister Dusty won Scottish laird Ronan's hand on the Prince in Disguise, a reality show, and now they will be filming all that leads up to the wedding. Nothing could make camera-shy Dylan less happy. Of course being left at the train station by the best man and rescued by cute Jamie gives her adventure quite a start.Dylan and Jamie become good friends as they both try to avoid the cameras. Dylan was a great character. She loves her sister and mother as much as she hates being part of a reality TV show. She really doesn't want her budding romance with Jamie to become a plot thread on the program but she is willing if it will distract the producer from Dusty's secret.The story is filled with great characters from the over-the-top best man to the evil future mother-in-law to Dusty who can turn on and turn off Southern Belle at will to Jamie who is a geeky, gawky hero with a secret of his own. I liked Dylan's relationship with her absentee father who shows up to walk Dusty down the aisle. I thought it was realistic that she had no interest in forming a relationship with a man who walked away from his family before she even knew him. This was by turns funny and touching and romantic. I recommend it to fans of romance and reality TV.
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  • Gata Leitora / Cat reader
    January 1, 1970
    Dylan is tired of being forced into situations unsuited by her big sister's fame, but now the situation has climaxed because her sister is attending a reality show called Prince in Disguise and found that she has been able to snatch the heart of the noble Ronan and they will all go to the UK for the wedding of the year under the watchful eye of millions of fans. Dylan has no choice but to go and it's in that hour when it appears the sweet knight in shining armor Jamie, one of Ronan's groomsmen w Dylan is tired of being forced into situations unsuited by her big sister's fame, but now the situation has climaxed because her sister is attending a reality show called Prince in Disguise and found that she has been able to snatch the heart of the noble Ronan and they will all go to the UK for the wedding of the year under the watchful eye of millions of fans. Dylan has no choice but to go and it's in that hour when it appears the sweet knight in shining armor Jamie, one of Ronan's groomsmen who takes her to his destination.The book tells the story of Dylan in the chaos of wedding preparations with an unbearable mother-in-law, cameras everywhere, new friends and many adventures in the castle. A typically Disney story with several literary and cinematographic references beyond the references of Disney’s princesses.I found the story super cute, well written and romantic. Dylan's discoveries about the family and her new point of view at the various situations she faces are the strong point of the plot and the icing on the cake is Jamie. I fell madly in love with the boy and because of that I was expecting a more excited and closed end to their friendship. I recommend it for teenagers and adults, a fun and sighing plot.
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  • Meg (PopReadsBox)
    January 1, 1970
    Though I am not reading this during winter, I can imagine being cozily wrapped in my favorite blanket with a hot cup of cocoa, reading this book in one sitting. This story is about a family of three thrust into the spotlight by reality T.V. and having to deal with the ever present eye of the camera, even in the most uncomfortable of situations. The main character, Dylan, is awkward but hilarious as she attempts to navigate her, pageant queen, sister's Scotland wedding and a surprising love inter Though I am not reading this during winter, I can imagine being cozily wrapped in my favorite blanket with a hot cup of cocoa, reading this book in one sitting. This story is about a family of three thrust into the spotlight by reality T.V. and having to deal with the ever present eye of the camera, even in the most uncomfortable of situations. The main character, Dylan, is awkward but hilarious as she attempts to navigate her, pageant queen, sister's Scotland wedding and a surprising love interest. The Scottish backdrop added an interesting element, as it was easy to imagine the expansive snow covered grounds and castle. I appreciated Dylan's growth throughout the book and her empathy in the end. This story kept surprising me with well placed humor and I laughed out loud more than a few times. Cute, fluffy, snowy, the perfect holiday read.
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  • Gladys
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book by Stephanie Kate Strohm and I have to say I am very pleasantly happy I read this book. It is the story of Dylan a Mississipi girl who gets tangled in her sisters reality show wedding. Dylan has to put up with not only pressure from her sister who is extremely beautiful and vindictive, from her mother who is quite but fierce and from Pamela the shows producer who is not afraid of extortion in order to get the right drama filmed. Enters handsome Jamie who seems to good to b This was my first book by Stephanie Kate Strohm and I have to say I am very pleasantly happy I read this book. It is the story of Dylan a Mississipi girl who gets tangled in her sisters reality show wedding. Dylan has to put up with not only pressure from her sister who is extremely beautiful and vindictive, from her mother who is quite but fierce and from Pamela the shows producer who is not afraid of extortion in order to get the right drama filmed. Enters handsome Jamie who seems to good to be true. He is just your normal kissable guy, who falls or so he says for dorky Dylan. The connection between all the characters is genome all, from Heaven the quirky friend to Ronnan the strong yet sensible groom, to the intimidating future mother in law. You will fall in love with all of them.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinon.I really enjoyed this adorable book and the entire time I was reading it I kept thinking it would be the cutest holiday film! Dylan has been dragged to Scotland to watch her reality tv star sister Dusty marry the Lord she fell in love with while filming "Prince in Disguise". Dylan isn't interested in going and is sick of living in the shadow of her reality star perfect sister. When she arrives in Scotland she befriends one of the Thank you netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinon.I really enjoyed this adorable book and the entire time I was reading it I kept thinking it would be the cutest holiday film! Dylan has been dragged to Scotland to watch her reality tv star sister Dusty marry the Lord she fell in love with while filming "Prince in Disguise". Dylan isn't interested in going and is sick of living in the shadow of her reality star perfect sister. When she arrives in Scotland she befriends one of the groomsmen, Jamie, and they have a wonderful sweet adventure filled time together. The characters are entertaining and the idea of reality tv is huge so this story works. I loved the sweet romance of the story and I enjoyed the development of the characters. My daughter will definitely read this one and I am sure she will like it too!
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  • Mary Clare
    January 1, 1970
    Full review!Dylan's sister is getting married but it's no ordinary wedding. The happy couple met while filming a reality TV show and they'll marry on a reality TV show. In Scotland. On Christmas. Dylan, who has never been much for the spotlight, suddenly finds herself in a foreign country, in a castle, with a crush and cameras following her around everywhere. Dylan searches for ways to find the reality in reality TV, which proves difficult.I loved this book! I think it is the perfect winter read Full review!Dylan's sister is getting married but it's no ordinary wedding. The happy couple met while filming a reality TV show and they'll marry on a reality TV show. In Scotland. On Christmas. Dylan, who has never been much for the spotlight, suddenly finds herself in a foreign country, in a castle, with a crush and cameras following her around everywhere. Dylan searches for ways to find the reality in reality TV, which proves difficult.I loved this book! I think it is the perfect winter read. It's light, it's funny, it's cute, and it's heartwarming. Basically, it's everything I wanted it to be. Dylan is a great main character. She's witty and smart and just as confused and indecisive as teenage girls seem to really be. She is fiercly loyal to her friends and her family even though many of her relationships are complicated. She is emotional but she leans on her loved ones for support and advice when she needs it. Over all, I love Dylan and her relationships with her friends and family.I also thought that her crush on Jamie was great. I was absolutely rooting for them through the whole book. They are kind to each other, they laugh together, they are brought together in kind of funny circumstances, and they just seem like a very good fit. Over all, this book was a really cute and fun read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a light, winter-y contemporary. It kind of gives me some Anna and the French Kiss vibes but honestly, I liked this book even better.
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