The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang

fiction childrens lgbtqia+ middle grade young adult
emotional lighthearted fast-paced

277 pages | first published 2018

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.

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lighthearted 79%
hopeful 72%
inspiring 59%
emotional 53%
funny 31%
relaxing 18%
adventurous 17%
reflective 12%
challenging 5%
sad 3%
tense 3%
informative 1%
mysterious 1%


fast 75%
medium 24%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 76% | A mix: 20% | Plot: 3%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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