Richard Peck’s Princess Ashley


Princess Ashley by Richard Peck | LibraryThing

Peck, R. (1988). Princess Ashley. New York: Dell. 9780440202066

Reasons for Reading : I remember reading this book in junior high. When I decided I wanted to look at Princess Ashley again, I realized that I would have to request it through Inter-library Loan (ILL).

Summary: Chelsea Olinger begins high school in a new town. She plan to blend in with the wallpaper. Chelsea remains true to this plan until she glimpses Ashley Packard, queen bee of the sophomore class. Shortly, Ashley handpicks Chelsea as a member of her clique. Chelsea can’t believe her luck and ignores the words of wisdom of her mother and devoted friend Pod Johnson regarding Ashley’s true character.

Review : Normally, I don’t care much for male writers telling a female’s story in first person narrative. Yet, I think Peck overcame this pretty well. I appreciated Peck’s description of fads and trends as well. These characters stand out for the familiarity.

Four Out of Five Pearls

Song: Mean Gurl by Gina Rene and Gabriel Rene – YouTube

Setting : I’m guessing somewhere in the Southwest USA.

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