A page-turning princess story that’s an anime mystery, and also about an unstoppable friendship.
May and Libby have been best friends since fifth grade, but it seems like forever to them. Together they create an anime adventure called Princess X. May writes the stories and Libby brings them to life with her drawings. Neither May nor Libby have any other friends. They don’t need anyone else. Then Libby’s mom falls asleep at the wheel and drives off a bridge. Libby drowns, and May is left alone. She doesn’t even have Princess X because in his grief, Libby’s dad has the house and everything in it, including boxes of Princess X tales, given away.
Without Libby, May lives on as a half-person for years until one day she spots a Princess X sticker, which leads her to finding a Princess X website. Could Libby still be alive? Is so, where is she? And why hasn’t she contacted May? May and a new-found computer hacker friend investigate using the clues in the web-published Princess X series, and of course, it puts them in the cross-hairs of a computer-savvy serial killer.
I love how the anima adventures blend into May’s real world and how Libby and May’s friendship transcends her death. The settings are unique and vividly described and the action kept me turning the pages.
If you like Princess stories or YA stories about plucky characters who will let nothing stand in the way of their friendship, I bet you’ll love this story. It’s a fast read that’s well worth your time.
Just so you know–I borrowed this book from the public library.