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July 4, 2008

Book review: ‘Wannabe Princess’ takes herself far too seriously

It’s an accepted fact that many little girls want to be princesses. (As someone who spent her formative years basking in the glow of Disney cartoons and who still escapes into Meg Cabot’s “Princess Diaries” books, I am not one to judge.) However, most of us grow up and realize that, hey, it’s time to put away the crown and get on with everyday life.

Not so the author of “Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess.” Jerramy Fine — yes, she’s aware she has a boy’s name — never quite got hit with that reality check.

At first, I appreciated the inherent humor in the situation as she recounts growing up in a small Colorado town, the daughter of hippies. Their penchant for nudity, opposition to TV and insistence on growing their own food didn’t sit well with young Jerramy, who from an early age was mortified by her family and fantasized about being sent away to English boarding school. Needless to say, she did not get her wish.

She compensates by living her life as if she were in another time, another place. She spends her childhood allowance on Royalty magazine and watches “My Fair Lady” over and over again. Before she departs for college, she plans “a formal turn-of-the-century English country house-style” dinner party for 20 that ends up with all the class of a “high-school beer fest.” She even mystifies the clerk in her hometown liquor store when she tries to use her passport as ID when buying alcohol.

The turning point in her life, however, occurs when she is all of 6 years old. After coming across a picture of Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips, she determines he is her soul mate. This is also the point where, for me, the book jumps the proverbial shark, for Jerramy proceeds to plan her entire life so that it moves her ever closer to her goal of marrying — yes, she’s serious, folks — Peter Phillips.

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