Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Prince And The Dressmaker by Jen Wang // Book Review

The Prince And The Dressmaker
Jen Wang
Published by First Second on February 13th, 2018
277 pages
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Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

“My whole life is other people deciding what's acceptable. When I put on a dress, I get to decide what's silly.”

I'm beginning to think graphic novels are not for me. I love the idea of them. I love looking at all the different art styles. I just can't help but feel they're missing something. I've been so used to reading books all my life, picking up a graphic novel or manga kinda confuses me. I lose my mind that I don't get to read about inner thoughts and other things like that.

The Prince And The Dressmaker is a sweet book. It has a positive message. It supports the LGBTQ+ community. I just really didn't love this book. It definitely feels like it's meant for a younger crowd.

The main issue I had with this book is when Sebastian gets publicly outed against his will. This was not discussed nor did Marcel get punished for his crappy actions.

Also, Sebastian was kind of crappy towards Frances, his dressmaker. I understand that he doesn't want his secret out but he's stopping her from her dreams and just not treating someone that loves him unconditionally right. Also, I am calling Sebastian a "him" because I'm pretty sure it was not stated to call him something else? If I'm wrong, please correct me!

The art style to this book is just so beautiful. I love it. I really love the colors!

3/5 stars

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