I Am Princess X

I Am Princess X

Book - 2015
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Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545620857
Branch Call Number: TEEN PRI
Characteristics: 227 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ciesemier, Kali


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This is like if Raina Telgemeier wrote a murder mystery. Part comic, part novel - the ending is a bit scary but I am super sensitive and loved it. And it's a huge surprise ending!!

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Oct 30, 2020

I loved this book. As an adult, I got completely into the story and loved how it was broken up by comics.

Sep 28, 2020

I Am Princess X starts out with a wonderful idea. May and Libby live in Seattle and build an unlikely friendship as they develop a comic called Princess X, but Libby dies in a car crash. May never really accepts Libby's death even when her body is found down river from where her mother's car went off a bridge. May's parents divorce and she goes to live with her mother in Georgia, but spends time with her father in Seattle. Three years later, May is intrigued when she begins to see I Am Princess X stickers and merchandise all over the Seattle area. Convinced that Libby is alive, May enlists the help of computer hacker, Trick to help her track down clues in an I Am Princess X online comic that might lead her to Libby. Although the ending provides closure to the story, I would have liked less predictability and a little more drama. Overall though, a good story.

Sep 24, 2019

I enjoyed this book mostly for its evocative portrayal of Seattle, complete with beautiful historic areas as well as construction and tear-downs. It was part travel brochure, part adventure story, and an all-around fun read.

Dec 21, 2018

I love the immersive quality of the book, and how it goes from a standard text based book into graphic novel format for the more dramatic or action based scenes. May is sort of dealing with the loss of her best friend, Libby, but she feels like there's more to the story than what she knows. This seems to be true when she starts coming across depictions of the character she and Libby created: Princess X. If only they knew about her, then how is she suddenly everywhere? That's what turns this book into a mystery that I could not wait to get to the bottom of and find out the truth.

rtalps Aug 19, 2018

I was expecting a book more about dealing with grief, but was surprised to find myself reading a mystery adventure book. I loved the format, which mixes comics in with the regular novel, and it was fun to try to figure out the clues along the way. Overall, I think this is a highly readable friendship adventure book. Would recommend!

Aug 30, 2017

I Loved this book! I really enjoyed trying to solve the puzzles for myself. The plot twists kept it an interesting read until the end.

Jul 31, 2017

I loved this book because of all the twists. It was a mystery that kept me guessing to the end. I think it was well written and incorporated some comics very well. I definitely recommend to people who like fiction.

Jan 22, 2017

This book started out SO COOL. And then the death of the friend make it take an exciting turn. And then it fell flat and predictable. I will say, I liked that there was no romance of any sort and it was a mystery about friendship. The whole plot was highly unrealistic and quite fantastical for my taste, especially when it started out so interesting and then the conspiracy theory plot threw it in the wrong direction. I wish it had continued being as awesome as it was at the beginning.

Dec 04, 2016

* I love the unique format of this mystery/thriller. It's part comic book and part regular novel.

* The Seattle setting is so well drawn that I can practically taste the coffee.

* However, the main character prefers hot chocolate over coffee. I like a girl who knows her own mind and is brave enough to be different.

* I enjoyed the themes of friendship and hope. Although it certainly had its spooky and tense moments, this book is not as dark and gritty as the typical thriller.

Aug 24, 2016

Great beginning with an interesting plot. Got kinda bored though, could've had more action.

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Aug 28, 2020

yellow_yak_305 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

rtalps Aug 19, 2018

rtalps thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

May 29, 2017

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Jul 01, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A few times, there are parts that can make the reader feel uneasy or tense.


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