Valerie has it all. Great friends, decent grades, and the guy she's been crushing on since, oh, kindergarten, is finally noticing her.
Then her mother announces that (1) she's gay, and (2) she's leaving Valerie's father for a woman. Just as Valerie's trying to absorb the my-parents-are- divorcing-and-mom's-a-lesbian double bombshell, her father announces he's gotten a new job as protocol chief to the royal family of some obscure European country.
Does Valerie move in with her mom and mom's new girlfriend? Or go with her dad, leaving all her friends and a potential boyfriend for a country she can hardly pronounce?
Royally Jacked...a romantic comedy for every girl who thinks she's met her prince.
When Niki first moved to Germany at the age of six, she and her brothers immediately noticed the German word for "exit" on the autobahn—Ausfahrt. Needless to say, she and her brothers spent a lot of time giggling in the backseat of the car about that one. (And getting warning looks from their parents.) They also laughed at the German habit of eating french fries with mayo instead of with ketchup. So in Royally Jacked, Valerie comments on the word "ausfahrt" and on the mayo-with-fries phenomenon.
"funny, lively... fresh."
"The writing is snappy and Valerie is imperfect and lovable, especially when she's being so un-P.C. that she calls herself on it. Royally Jacked is light-hearted fun and a nice way to dream away the cold winter months."
Royally Jacked is named a Teen People pick.
Royally Jacked was named a finalist in the prestigious National Readers' Choice Awards, which honor romance novels that readers have selected as their favorites for the year.
Royally Jacked has been chosen by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers.
Every year, the New York Public Library publishes a list of books it recommends for teenagers, and Royally Jacked made the 2005 Books for the Teen Age list. The list is posted on the NYPL website, on a page that includes lots of other cool stuff for teens, including homework help, interviews with authors, and audio samples of books. Check it out at TeenLink.
Live in the U.K., New Zealand, or Australia? The British edition of Royally Jacked has a slightly different title, Royally Crushed. Same book, same story—but all the colors have become colours, Val's mom is now her mum...well, you get the picture.