The Secret Life of Prince Charming (Paperback)

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All right, doubters. I know you're scoffing at the title. I did, too.
But the lives of the girls and women portrayed in The Secret Life of
Prince Charming are no fairy tale. Quinn Hunt, her little sister Sprout
Hunt, and her half-sister Frances Lee Giofranco have a problem. That
problem's name is Barry Hunt, and he is, for better or worse, their
father. Quinn has always gotten along all right with her father, though
Sprout's angry outbursts occasionally threaten their fragile peace.
Frances Lee is another story. Frances and Barry's mutual dislike is
strong enough that Barry has taken to pretending that his eldest
daughter doesn't even exist. But the shaky sort of balance maintained by
this multinuclear family is upset when Quinn discovers that for years
her father, a notorious heartbreaker, has been collecting trophies: he
has taken something of value from every woman he was ever involved with,
from his high school girlfriend to the girls' mothers. Quinn knows that
she can't just let this slide, not even for the sake of preserving her
relationship with her father. And so the three girls, armed with
Sprout's pink emergency cell phone and a couple of lies involving
Disneyland, begin a "karmic quest" to return the stolen objects and
learn the truth about their father, setting off on a whirlwind road trip
in Frances Lee's temperamental pickup truck, accompanied by a teen
musician who is NOT a bad boy and a ten-foot-tall Big Boy statue.
Quinn's karmic quest is an eye-opener. And not only for the characters,
but also for readers. The Secret Life of Prince Charming is a heartfelt
revelation about right and wrong, love, and what makes a family. Once
again, Deb Caletti nails it. Best for ages fourteen and up.

— Lily

Spring '09 Kids List

“Quinn is determined to set things right with all of the women her womanizing father has wronged. Enlisting the help of her stepsister, she sets out to make things right and, along the journey, she mends her broken heart as well. Told with great humor, this is a road trip to remember!”
— Hallie Wilkins, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL


Quinn teams up with the half-sister she’s never met to right their father’s wrongs in this thoughtful, funny, and layered novel by National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor medal winner Deb Caletti.

Maybe it was wrong, or maybe impossible, but I wanted the truth to be one thing. One solid thing.

Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. And when she is abruptly and unceremoniously dumped, Quinn starts to think maybe there really are no good men.

It doesn’t help that she’s gingerly handling a renewed relationship with her formerly absent father. He’s a little bit of a lot of things: charming, selfish, eccentric, lazy… But he’s her dad, and Quinn’s just happy to have him around again. Until she realizes how horribly he’s treated the many women in his life, how he’s stolen more than just their hearts. Determined to, for once, take action in her life, Quinn joins forces with the half-sister she’s never met and the little sister she’ll do anything to protect. Together, they set out to right her father’s wrongs…and in doing so, begin to uncover what they’re really looking for: the truth.

Once again, Deb Caletti has created a cast of lovably flawed characters who bond over the shared experiences of fear, love, pain, and joy—in other words, real life.

About the Author

Deb Caletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and she was a finalist for the PEN USA Award. She lives with her family in Seattle.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781416959410
ISBN-10: 1416959416
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 16th, 2010
Pages: 352
Language: English

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