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If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince? Study Guide & Plot Summary

Melissa Kantor
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Plot Summary

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, written by author, Melissa Kantor, is a novel that tells the story of Lucy Norton and her journey of self-discovery, as well as her struggle to adjust to her new family.

The story begins by introducing Lucy, a smart, artistic and athletic sophomore. She compares herself to Cinderella, with a wicked step-mother and step-sisters and friendless. She has recently moved to New York after her father remarried but, with her mother having passed away and her father working in San Francisco, she's left alone with a new family which doesn't seem to care about her or her feelings.

As the story progresses, the reader learns that Lucy is treated differently than her step-sisters and that her father takes her step-mother's side every time. Lucy is left feeling out of place and unimportant. At school, however, Lucy begins to make friends, Madison and Jessica, and finds out that the cutest senior in school, Connor Pearson, thinks she's "cool." But this success with friendships and relationships is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that her father continues to ignore her requests to spend quality alone time with him.

Throughout the next several chapters, Lucy begins to have a true friendship with Jessica and Madison and she has her first date with Connor, but notices that all they talk about is basketball. Lucy begins to see the differences between her life at school and at home, since she doesn't seem to have enough time to talk to everyone at school but she is routinely ignored at home. When the pressure at home with her step-mother, Mara, becomes too much, Lucy gets into an argument with her and decides to defy Mara's request that she come home directly after school. Instead, Lucy goes to an art show opening in New York City where she has a meaningful conversation with her classmate in art, Sam Wolff, who, until now, has ignored Lucy's attempts to befriend him.

Starting in Chapter 16, things begin to take a turn for the worse. Connor and his friends lose the big basketball game; Connor gets drunk and ignores Lucy at the party she defied Mara to go to; Lucy's competition for Connor, Kathryn Ford, begins to show more interest in Connor; and Lucy gets into a big fight with her dad that results in his choice to ground her indefinitely.

Lucy's struggles continue in the following chapters. She notices that Kathryn is becoming more flirtatious with Connor, and that he doesn't seem to mind; she has difficulty finding her inspiration for a self-portrait and, when she finally does finish her self-portrait, she begins to notice that she has an effortless connection with Sam Wolff. Meanwhile, Lucy is also starting to notice that she and Connor don't seem to have much in common, since he only talks about himself and basketball. At home, Lucy thinks that her relationships with her step-sisters is getting stronger when they confide in her about going to a party but she soon realizes that their kindness had been a set-up when they blame her for knowing about their actions.

Just when Lucy begins to lose all hope, things begin to change for the better. She is finally able to communicate her feelings to her father and he responds with support and love when he commits to being at home more often. Her father also seems to notice the way Lucy has been treated by Mara and her step-sisters and, after they apologize to Lucy, they are able to start over and develop honest, caring relationships. Although Connor and Kathryn are interacting like a couple, Lucy realizes she doesn't care because she doesn't like him as much as she thought. At the end of the book, however, Lucy still gets her Prince Charming when Sam Wolff reveals his true feelings for her and she allows herself to acknowledge that she has the same feelings for him.

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