Of Princes and Promises: Rosetta Academy, Book 2
By Lucinda Dyer,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sweet, engaging romcom sequel a twist on froggy fairy tale.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Romantic comedy menat to entertain.
Shows that you don't have to become someone else to be your very best self.
Positive Role Models
Both Caterina and Rahul make journeys of personal discovery during the story. Caterina is known for being beautiful, rich, indulged, and often intimidating. Rahul is shy, awkward, and underestimated even by his own family. As the story unfolds, Caterina discovers and embraces being kind, generous, and forgiving while Rahul learns that a sweet nerdy "frog" can be deserving of a princess.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are a few enthusiastic kisses exchanged. Although much of the plot revolves around characters who value good looks more than good character, in the end, both Caterina and Rahul realize it's qualities like kindness, loyalty, and honesty that really make someone attractive.
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Occasional profanity, some strong ("f—k") but most mild ("damn," hell").
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Products & Purchases
Teens eat Lara Bars and read US, GQ and Esquire magazines.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are passing mentions of a teen having a drink and another holding a champagne flute.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sandhya Menon's Of Princes and Promises makes a return to the posh and very exclusive St. Rosetta Academy outside Aspen, Colorado. Senior Caterina LaValle rules the school with a platinum fist while awkward nerdy Rahul Chopra is just trying to be noticed by Caterina, whom he's been in love with for years. When Caterina needs a date that will make her cheating ex-boyfriend jealous, she decides Rahul is the perfect choice. But not the current version of Rahul. She uses a magic hair gel to transform Rahul into RC, a handsome and sophisticated Indian prince. But as the two begin spending more and more time together, Caterina finds herself becoming far more attracted to the unassuming Rahul than the self-assured RC. There are a few enthusiastic kisses and some strong language ("f--k," "damn," hell"). Both new readers and fans of the first book in the series (Of Curses and Kisses) will be charmed by this modern twist on the classic fairy tale "The Frog Prince."
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What's the Story?
OF PRINCES AND PROMISES is set just outside of Aspen, Colorado in a boarding school filled with the children of millionaires and billionaires from around the world. Caterina LaValle is glamorous, popular and just a bit heartbroken. Earlier in her senior year, she'd found her boyfriend, Alaric, had been cheating on her. That means she doesn't have a date to one of the most important galas of the social year. And it can't be just any date, she needs someone who'll make Alaric regret he's now dating a supermodel. As she casts her eyes around school for potential date material, there's no one she finds quite up to the task. Her only alternative is to create the perfect date, and she chooses an unlikely candidate. The sweet and nerdy Rahul Chopra is so unimpressive that his politician mother actually uses a stand-in for him in family photos. Using magic hair gel she gets from a local shop, Caterina transforms Rahul into RC, a handsome self-assured Indian prince. The transformation is a success and Rahul begins using the gel every time he accompanies Caterina to a party. But after each party, he must turn back into shy and awkward Rahul. As they begin spending more and more time together, Caterina finds she's attracted to the kind and quiet Rahul more than the sophisticated RC, while Rahul becomes reluctant to give up his new identity as a stylish and popular prince.
Is It Any Good?
Menon continues her Rosetta Academy series of updated fairy tales with strong messages, this time about acceptance and never being quick to judge. While the novel's characters are once again wealthy and privileged teens, the storylines focus on problems and challenges they have in common with many readers (being in love, having your heart broken, troubled relationships with parents, and wanting to be popular).
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the false identity scheme in Of Princes and Promises. What does the story have to say about the importance and challenges of accepting yourself for who you are rather than trying to be someone you believe might impress others?
What makes someone popular at your school? Are they qualities you admire or do you think some students are popular for all the wrong reasons?
When you read about celebrities online or in magazines, how much of what's reported actually reflects who they really are? If you were a celebrity, how much of your life would you share with the media?
- Author: Sandhya Menon
- Genre: Coming of Age
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, High School
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: June 8, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 320
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 26, 2022
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