Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Someday My Prince will Come (copy)

For Jerramy Fine the obsession started at the tender age of four. While visiting with her grandparents she was allowed to watch the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Not the actually event, mind you, but a taped version. And just as all four-year-olds do, she watched the video over and over as if it were “The Lion King” or “Shrek.”

To my delight, Jerramy’s search for all things “Royal” led her to the local public library. Here she sat mesmerized by coffee table books on the Royal jewels, palaces, and families. It was in one of these oversized tomes she ran across London’s Royal family tree. On a branch from Princess Anne’s side she saw it—her destiny—dare I say, her birthright.

Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, the only son of Princess Anne, was born in 1977. Delighted, Jerramy saw a connection on the paper in black ink (which made it fact). He was born the same year as her. From this point on, six-year-old Jerramy planned whatever it took to meet and marry Prince Peter Phillips.

Jerramy faces an uphill climb throughout her new memoir, Someday My Prince will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess. First, she lives and breathes in a rural area of Colorado, nowhere near London. Secondly, she has Hippie parents whose family values include clothing-optional hot springs scheduled as a yearly Christmas gathering. Lastly, well, she is middle class and in the middle of Colorado. One is assured she hasn’t a snowball’s chance.

This book sat heavy on my desk for months. The publisher’s advance copy just did not interest me. The art on the book’s cover turned me off. With prince charming in the left-hand corner, castle in back, and a Grace Kelly(ish) young woman lounging under a tree in an idyllic meadow, it seemed too romantic. Everyone who passed by my desk picked it up, but I remained stubborn.

Why did I wait? This is one of the funniest books I have read in a while. Not only is the premise fairytale-like in fiction, but utterly ridiculous in real life. Her serious pursuit of Prince Peter is fueled by the true tales of non-titled women such as Princess Masako of Japan, Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, and our own Grace Kelly who snagged Prince Rainier. The fact that she inches closer and closer to an actual introduction to her Prince Charming makes all the other frogs worth it.