Published April 4, 2016 by Timeout LLC
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From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
These Royals will ruin you…
Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.
Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.
He might be right.
Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.
The thing about Paper Princess is that the book is entertaining as hell. Everything seems to be highly unrealistic but it is such a fun story. And the characters that aren't complete assholes are just great!
That, uh, kinda leaves one main character, though: Ella.
Ella Harper is an orphan trying to get by. Then comes along Callum Royal and she is forced to live with him and his five asshole sons in a giant mansion. They are all jerks, but Reed is King of the Jerks (trademark that), both at home and at school, but jeez. He's so hot that Ella can't help but fall for him. Sigh.
Okay, look. I actually liked Ella in the beginning. At several parts after everything went downhill, I liked her then, too. She was smart, resilient. She stayed under the radar and did what she had to in order to get by. It's a real fucking shame that she had to meet the royals because no one deserves their kind of masculine abuse. That's the only way I can think of it.
But, no see. She constantly had to put up with slut-shaming. Ella was a stripper before that first Royal stepped in, and while it wasn't ideal--or legal, considering she is 17--it paid her rent and her got her fed. Like I said: she did what she had to do and she's constantly getting bashed for that.
And then there's the thing she has to put up with King of the Jerks, who is also commonly known as Reed (which is a real shame, because he shares the same name of my favourite character from Criminal Minds. Not the same spelling, so silver linings. Never call me a pessimist, friends). Basically, it goes like this: he tells her what to do, she does it. She puts up a small fight, a very small fight, and just obeys. He insults her, she tries to fight back, so very hard (hah), but ultimately she continues to pine for him. Then she later blames herself for provoking him and tries to justify his actions.
I'm??? Sorry??? But what??????? Why???? Ella, please.
Reed, overall, is an asshole. All of the Royals are. There is no other way to describe them. They treat Ella like absolute nothing and other girls like they're dispensable. Oh, yeah, guys. They're real winners, these Royals.
So anyway. As I read on, the harder it got to continue liking Ella. She kept making dumb decisions. She kept liking Reed. Lusting after him. She keeps making excuses for him, all of them. She continues to stay with the fucking family, for god's sake. (Did I mention she's also getting paid to live with them? A whopping then thousand dollars every month until she graduates! She's a JUNIOR! Wow.)
Okay, anyway. There are other bad things about the book. For example, there's the cliché, über popular girl at school that constantly bullies Ella. There's a horrible "father" figure--who, by the way, also always orders Ella around.
SO! If you're looking for a fun, meaningless book, you should try this! Otherwise, I cannot, for the life of me, recommend this book to anyone. I wouldn't even give this one star, but alas. .5 from me!
Note: this isn't YA and like most other people, I've wondered why they're marketing as such. Probably because of the age of the teens in the book. Anyhow, it is definitely NA. There is also mention of sexual assault as well.