{Review} The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Posted June 8, 2020 by Leah in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Review} The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker

by Jen Wang
Pages: 277
Published on February 13, 2018
by First Second
Genres: Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, LGBT, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library, Purchased
Amazon | B&N | 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.

4.5 Stars

I usually review novel formatted stories here but my love for The Prince and the Dressmaker demands I break that rule and start reviewing graphic novels. So I am. 🙂

My unprofessional thoughts on The Prince and the Dressmaker are that THIS IS THE ONE OF THE CUTEST BOOKS THAT EVER DID CUTE! Each character is precious and must be protected and AHHHH I LOVE THIS BOOK TO PIECES!

My professionals thoughts on The Prince and the Dressmaker are that author and illustrator Jen Wang utilizes her storytelling abilities well. This is the tale of a dressmaker hired by a mysterious client to make extravagant dresses. It turns out her client is none other than the young Prince Sebastian. At times, the prince feels like a prince, but there are other times when he feels like a princess. Their partnership turns heads as Sebastian–as the Lady Crystallia–becomes the talk of the fashion world.

Frances and Sebastian are well-thought out characters. They have wants. They have dreams. Their partnership slowly evolves into friendship as they share these wants and dreams with each other. And when that friendship becomes something more–you bet I ship them!

The conflict rises as Sebastian tries to keep his identity as Crystallia secret, while Frances deals with the pressure of being unrecognized for her work. Sebastian’s parents are also trying to find a wife for Sebastian. How can be let down his father, the king? You can feel the anguish of both characters as their bond is put to the test. What can be done to find their answers?

Being a graphic novel, many scenes feel like you’re watching a film. In fact, this would make a great animated short film. Seeing Lady Crystallia in those gowns would be a delight. Mostly, the character actions truly speak louder than words. And those actions are pretty powerful. View Spoiler ».

This is such a sweet, touching book about acceptance and love that I’ll revisit again and again because IT IS JUST SO CUTE!



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