BLURB: Rory used to count down the days until she could leave, but now with a younger brother in tow, it would be hard. She could never leave him. Rory is trapped in the Trailer Park like a princess in her tower, with her mother playing the big bad, drunken, fire-breathing dragon. The dream of her knight coming to save her faded away about the same time her goals changed. Feeling useless, and angry Rory starts her new school and gets trampled by none other than the Monroe Falls Golden Boy, Tobias West. She finds herself seeing him as the knight she dreamed of; though, she believes it to be just that, a dream. Tobias (Toby) is Mr. Popular/ Mr. Perfect/ Mr. Money-in-the-bank. He is too high on the social ladder to step down to her level. Or is he? Toby is smitten with Rory. Toby’s ex, Ashley, refuses to lose out to trailer park trash, and Rory finds herself the fuel to Ashley’s newfound hate. On top of Monroe Falls High School drama, Rory still has to deal with her drunken mother and needy brother. She doesn’t have time for childish games. Reality hits Rory hard when her mother brings home a ticking time bomb for a bed mate and the need for that shiny knight becomes real. Rome appears like she conjured him out of thin air with magical powers, and instantly becomes her best friend. He seems to always be around when she needs someone to talk to and seems to always know just how to fix it. (Did I mention he is drop dead beautiful?) Two knights in shining armor? Nope!! That doesn’t happen. Not in fairy tales, and definitely not in real life. Rory finds herself realizing there is a thin line between relationships and friendships, lines that are starting to blur. With Toby getting ready to leave for college, Ashley’s nonstop meanness, and Rome showing up, can Rory handle the pressure? Her old friend reality takes another whack at her, causing her dread and despair to take over. Rory is questioning herself, and it's wreaking havoc on the strong girl she’s always considered herself to be. Have her poor choices doomed her to life in the trailer park, or will she be able to exceed even her own expectations? Will she ever realize she is truly a princess worthy of getting her prince? Or will she simply survive? How does Rory’s story end?
This book is suited best for readers over the age of 17 due to sexual content and some language, as well as a few different types of abuse that are rarely talked about: Verbal, Mental, and to some extent, Sexual and Physical
Review Rating: 3.5 LIGHTNING BOLTS
Review: Trailer Park Princess is Rory's story. Rory is a teenager on the brink of escaping her trailer park life. Of course, in high school there are people in their cliques. They judge, they tease, they are rude. Being that she lives in a trailer park, Rory gets her fair share of nastiness from others who think they are better because they live a life easier than her own.
Rory is a great character. She's got dreams much bigger than the life she lives. She does the best she can by holding down a job to take care of her younger brother since her mother doesn't care. She's dating Toby, who seems to have it all. Things are great, at first. Then the ugly truth starts.
I love Rory and Mando's friendship. Mando is a great best friend and does what she can for Rory. Oh, and let's start with Rome...*Happy sigh* Rory meets him on a night where things go crazy and they immediately become friends. Rome has his own struggles, but accepts Rory into his life.
The story spans a few years with a lot of trials and tribulations. We watch as Rory grows as a character into a woman, and she has to keep going as things happen.
Trailer Park Princess is a beautiful story. It's a story of a young girl's triumph to get past her upbringing and make a life for herself. Now, I had a bit of trouble getting into the book at first. The writing style was a little different and I had to accustom myself to it. There were parts that were a bit slow, but once the story took off, I couldn't keep away! There's drama, emotion, and some things I wasn't expecting. There are characters I loved, characters I hated, and...to my surprise, characters taht I hated at first that I came to like/love as they grew to be better people, as well. All in all, this is a story I can recommend to others as I love how Rory gets past all the things stacked against her and finds what she longs for- love.
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