It starts when Alexandria, a poor, plain goose girl, offers her own bread and water to a hungry old woman-who just happens to be a witch in disguise. Poof! Alexandria is suddenly heartstoppingly beautiful. Her hair rains down gold dust, and the tears she sheds turn to diamonds. Soon a prince and a king are fighting for her hand, and they’ve locked her in a tower to keep her “safe.” How Alexandria wishes she was a goose girl again! Clearly the only thing to do is escape-which is when her problems really begin! Patrice Kindl’s inimitable voice and craft make this take on the classic fairy tale extraordinary-and extraordinarily hilarious.
This book was extremely reminiscent of Karen Cushman‘s work, and possibly Jennifer L. Holm‘s OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA. I really did think it was funny, and I was smiling the entire time as I read this book. I loved Alexandria’s character and her narration. The characters themselves were interesting and unique. The kind and the prince’s antics were amusing and fun.
I actually really liked the romance theme in this book. I didn’t expect much of it, but it turned out that I was very pleasantly surprised. I liked the way the book ended and how Alexandria ended up. The only thing, however, is that–even though the ending is good, it’s a little bit hard to follow. I needed to reread parts of it to fully understand what was going on.
A very fun, light read. I look forward to reading Kindl’s other books, especially KEEPING THE CASTLE. 4 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 224