Author:Jen Wang

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

TW: transphobia

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?

My Review:

An absolutely adorable story about friendship, love and fighting to be yourself in a society that considers you unacceptable. From the PoV of a femme Prince. This totally needs to be a Disney movie!

The story follows 16 y/o Prince Sebastian and his dressmaker, Frances. As Frances’ dresses for the Prince start to catch attention of the whole city, the two of them must decide whether to accept the fame or not. Both choices will ruin their friendship, and the sacrifices to hold on to each other might just ruin both their lives.

It was my first graphic novel in a long time. And boi did I love it. The illustration was great and soooo cuuute. I loved the characters, I loved the scenes, I LOVED Frances’ dresses and I usually don’t love dresses.

The plot was swiftly paced. It explored self-identity, friendship and social stigmas quite deeply within only a few pages. It was a page turner, not in a way I-need-to-know-what-happens-next way but in a I-love-them-so-much-I-need-to-keep-reading way.

The characters were realistic with raw emotions. They started as fully developed from the beginning and saw very little development throughout the book. Prince Sebastian, from the very beginning knew who he was, and throughout the story he didn’t let anything change that. Same went on with Frances. The only character that developed to take a 180 degree turn was the King. He starts off as a very strict King concerned about his kingdom and slowly turns to a loving father who will do anything to keep his son safe from a society that doesn’t accept him.

Overall, this is a wholesome story that will leave you feeling happy and wanting to reach out to your true self.

One comment

  1. I agree, it totally gave off a Disney vibe! The only sad thing about this book is that there isn’t a sequel ❤


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