Title: My Faire Lady
Author: Laura Wettersten
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 3, 2014.
As someone whose fondest memory of middle school was a field trip to a Renaissance Faire, this book immediately caught my attention. From just my impression of the cover, I hoped to get something light and fun, and that was exactly what Wettersten delivered.
A quick summary from the author’s website:
Rowena Duncan is a thoroughly modern girl with big plans for her summer—until she catches her boyfriend making out with another girl. Heartbroken, she applies to an out-of-town job posting and finds herself somewhere she never expected: the Renaissance Faire.
As a face-painter doubling as a serving wench, Ro is thrown headfirst into a vibrant community of artists and performers. She feels like a fish out of water until Will, a quick-witted whip cracker, takes her under his wing. Then there’s Christian, a blue-eyed stunt jouster who makes Ro weak in the knees. Soon, it’s not just her gown that’s tripping her up.
Trading in the internet and electricity for stars and campfires was supposed to make life simpler, but Ro is finding that love is the ultimate complication. Can she let the past make way for her future?
Reading this book was like eating a never-ending stick of cotton candy. It was light and fluffy all the way through, with plenty of laughs and plenty of fun. All of the characters seemed like caricatures of real characters – whether it be Christian, the picture-perfect knight, or Ro’s overbearing parents, who are enthusiastic about her face-painting endeavors because they think the experience will make a great college entrance essay. Usually, over-the-top characters annoy me, but these were well done and thoroughly entertaining for the most part.
The plot is predictable, so if you only read books with plot twists and mysteries around every turn, this definitely isn’t the novel for you. But as predictable as it was, there was something comforting in it. I really loved knowing where the book was headed but also enjoying the journey to get there.
I loved the take on living the Ren Faire life, and the drama between the workers there made me keep turning the pages. Ro is a distinctly lovable character, and while she, too, is somewhat over-the-top, her narrative voice is engaging and bright, and softens in just the right places. If you like a good romantic comedy, My Faire Lady comes highly recommended.
4 out of 5 stars.