After a month or two of not being able to read My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten, I was so excited to finally find the time to grab it from my TBR pile and get into the summer mood by living vicariously through Rowena, the newest employee at King Geoffrey’s Renn Faire. Sadly, I was not too impressed with the story. I previously mentioned in my April Wrap Up video that in the very beginning of the book two of the main characters poke fun at a people dressed as Lord of the Rings characters and it just rubbed me the wrong way. I’m not sure if that caused me to be slightly biased about the rest of the book, but it’s a definite possibility.
While I wasn’t very invested in the characters, I do think the book sends a great message about doing what you love. The main character Rowena is very invested in her artwork but she never considers telling her parents because they seem to have other plans for her. She puts a ton of pressure on herself to live up to what she thinks her parents expectations are without ever really talking to them about it. Rowena is well intentioned but doesn’t always think before she speaks which leads to unnecessary misunderstandings with her friends. I do however have to say how much I loved her roommate and friend Suze. Suze is a strong minded character who goes after what she wants but she’s still caring and she’s very close to her family.
The love triangle Rowena finds herself in is most frustrating. I wanted to jump into the book and her to see the boy who clearly likes her versus the awful dude who treats her poorly. Rowena tries to mend her broken heart (she ended up working at the Renn Faire after her boyfriend cheated on her and she quit her job at the mall to avoid him) by distracting herself with other boys which I don’t think is the best idea in those types of situations. While she does focus a lot of her attention on guys, Ro also spends some time further developing her skills as an artist. I do love how Rowena expresses herself through art and how well Wettersten was able to articulate her passion for the reader.
Final Thoughts: My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten is a quick contemporary read about a girl who starts working as a face painter at a Renn Faire. She finds herself in the middle of a love triangle and she spends her summer opening herself up to opportunities she hadn’t previously thought possible. The story is not something that really stuck out to me but it was an enjoyable read in the moment.
Rowena Duncan is a thoroughly modern girl with big plans for her summer—until she catches her boyfriend making out with another girl. Heartbroken, she applies to an out-of-town job posting and finds herself somewhere she never expected: the Renaissance Faire.
As a face-painter doubling as a serving wench, Ro is thrown headfirst into a vibrant community of artists and performers. She feels like a fish out of water until Will, a quick-witted whip cracker, takes her under his wing. Then there’s Christian, a blue-eyed stunt jouster who makes Ro weak in the knees. Soon, it’s not just her gown that’s tripping her up.
Trading in the internet and electricity for stars and campfires was supposed to make life simpler, but Ro is finding that love is the ultimate complication. Can she let the past make way for her future? (via Goodreads)