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The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker
Jen Wang
First Second, 2018
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

The Prince and the Dressmaker was fantastic. I loved the art and the fashion, but more importantly, I loved the characters. Frances and Sebastian understood and didn’t judge each other, and Sebastian especially needed that in his life. I loved the ending, too. While I questioned how historically accurate it would have been to have such an ending, I found that I really didn’t care. Had Sebastian really existed, I would have wanted the exact same ending regardless of what the culture’s attitudes were at the time. Finally, I appreciated how nothing was defined or labeled, and while some struggled with Sebastian at first, in the end everything was happy. To me, it was something of a fairy tale, but without the magic.