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by Tyne O’Connell

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 2004
ISBN: 1-58234-957-6
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Calypso is the adorably funny “Queen of Doomsday Prophecies,” a classic teenage-drama-queen underdog in this endearing and energetic exposé of English boarding-school life, the first in a witty YA series by Brit chick-lit goddess O’Connell. Fitting in seems an impossible dream for the charmingly out-of-step wallflower, no matter how she tries to mask her American accent, bond with other misfits, appease her snobby roommate, and avoid mean Honey O’Hare and her rich it-girl clique. But Calypso is determined to reinvent herself by winning peer-approval the best way she knows how: nabbing an enviable older boyfriend. Or at least by pretending that her Hollywood mom’s gay personal assistant is her dashing suitor. Hilarity ensues, with Calypso’s “Operation Cool” getting her into hot water. When an actual prince enters the picture, the stakes are raised, and jealousy rears its ugly head. Scenarios—particularly the fencing scenes—are inventive, fresh, and fun. In particular, the relatable teen voice here is sharp, honest, and seriously entertaining, making this an enjoyable read, and crowning O’Connell the latest British teen queen. (Fiction. YA)