The daughter of a wealthy businessman, Shanni Hanna thought her parents sent her to school at Spencer Academy to groom her for a career in her father's company, but when she discovers that they instead want her to marry the son of a Middle Eastern sheik,she must insist that she has other plans.Publishers Description
Shani Hanna returns to SpencerAcademy
for her senior year after an amazing summer spent with her friends Lissa, Gillian, and Carly. But the best part about summer was meeting Danyel Johnstone. Danyel is cute, smart, cool, and super nice. All Shani has to do is get him to see her as more than just one of the gang.
But when the girls return to school, they find a new addition to the distinguished student body: Prince Rashid al Amir of Yasir, an oil-rich desert kingdom in the Middle East
. Prince Rashid moved to California
to prepare for an eventual MBA at Stanford . . . and to romance his future wife: Shani Hanna!
It turns out, Shani's family and the prince's go back for generations, entwined in tradition, obligation, and family honor. In each generation, members of the two families have expanded their business interests through arranged marriage. Will Shani put aside her feelings for Danyel to pursue her family's wishes? Or will God answer her prayers for an intervention?
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.8"
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2009
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|Courtesy of Teens Read Too Oct 21, 2009|
|WHO MADE YOU A PRINCESS?, the fourth installment in Ms. Adina's ALL ABOUT US series, focuses on Shani Hanna.|
Shani has just spent the last part of summer vacation hanging out at Lissa's place. While there, she met a cute boy, Danyel Johnstone. But it isn't until Shani gets the courage at the end of the break to tell Danyel that she's interested in him and believes there's something between the two of them that she can breathe a sigh of relief. Shani returns to Spencer Academy proud of herself for having the courage to approach him, even if nothing happened before she headed back to school.
Once Shani returns to school, she finds out that an old childhood friend, Rashid, will be going to Spencer for the term. Shani doesn't tell her friends that she has a history with Rashid, especially when they find out that he's none other than Prince Rashid al Amir of Yasir. Shani's parents alert her that he'll be attending and to show him friendship and kindness.
It isn't until Shani is faced with TWO boys after her attention that the reason for her parents' push towards Rashid becomes clear. Shani, not sharing her friends' Christian values until now, resorts to asking God for help and guidance in the tough decision she is ultimately faced with.
The ALL ABOUT US series is a wonderful series for teens to enjoy. It shows the confusion that teens face and the tough decisions that they may be forced to make. As with all books in the series to date, the story is free of loose morality and full of friend support and guidance from God. Ms. Adina never preaches in any of her books and leaves the reader feeling proud of the decisions that the characters have made by the end of the stories.
Reviewed by: Jaglvr
|More like 3.5 stars. It was okay, but not great. Jul 15, 2009|
|This was a decent story, but I found myself skimming a bit at the end. Maybe because it seemed a tad unbelievable - the characters were sort of like people in 90210 only richer. Then again, I have no clue about how wealthy people live. Maybe their lives really are exactly the way they were portrayed in this story. The teens seemed a bit mature for their ages, too. I kept thinking they were in college by the way they acted until I realized they were in high school. I did enjoy the female characters and the minor romantic elements. Shani was believable and so was Rashid. (I could even hear his accent when he spoke.) The relationship with Shani and Danyel seemed a bit surprising to me in regards to how it came together. It's hard to say too much without posting a spoiler so I'll just say this was a nice story but not one that I'll be raving over and telling people to run out and buy. I must add that I was impressed with the author's knowledge of fashion, couture and shoes. Maybe this is just one of those books that would have been more enjoyable had I read the prior books in the series first.|
|Book Review: Who Made You A Princess Jun 28, 2009|
I have never read Young Adult, Christian Fiction before. What a nice change of pace! When I started to read this book, the twins were washing the truck. One came over for a break and read the back of my book.
"Mom... can I read this when you're done?" she asked.
"Why?" I answered.
"Because this book sounds really cool!" she replied.
What? A book that is not in the Twilight series that she's interested in? ABSOLUTELY. Well, if it's appropriate. So, I read it in one night. It was totally appropriate. Of course, she would be able to read it. And, so she did the next day in one sitting!
What more can you ask for, as a mother? Your daughter reading instead of watching TV AND it's Christian? Well, for me it's a no brainer! We're in!
When I read the book, it was the 4th in a series and I had some catching up to do on the characters. But, after I got past the "history" component of the beginning of this book, I was enchanted in "teenie bopper land" reading this book with the eyes of a much younger girl. And, I liked it. The story had its teen-drama with the romance and what-not. But, it kept it in-line. It kept "romance" in the proper prospective. It reminded its readers that it's God First, family Second, and everything else after that. That's a good dose of morality that I think teens can benefit from. Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book is that the vow of chastity was mentioned several times in the book. Yes... this is something that I want my daughters thinking about, rather than giving into hormones and boys!
When I look at this storyline vs. Twilight, I can say that I'd prefer my girls to read this series. Why? Because the girls are making decisions based on their loyalty to God and their friendships, rather than giving up their life for some boy (and, a vampire at that!). This is a much better influence!
I don't know how many of my readers have Tween/Teen girls, but I would most definitely recommend this book to the mothers who have them. It's a good, quick read for the moms and the girls love it. It was truly wonderful discussing this book with my daughters after they read it. It was enlightening to discuss the choices that the characters made with them. It was a first for us and I'm so appreciative that this review book opened up a new chapter in my relationship with my children.
On Sher's "Out of Ten Scale:"
I am only hoping that I get the opportunity to read more books in this series and them pass them onto my girls to read and discuss with me. It was truly a bonding experience and I'm glad that God is the center of this book. For my first review of Fiction: YA-Christian, I am going to rate this book a 9 OUT OF 10
|A Real Life Fairy Tale Jun 21, 2009|
Who hasn't dreamed once in their life of becoming a princess? I used to have a huge crush on Prince William and have now switched to Prince Harry. If one of them ever came to my school and turned their attentions on me, I think I would die of giddiness. Thus is Shani's predicament in this book and it's one most girls would give their right hand to have. This story involved more paparazzi and outside influences than any other book in the series. This is the closest that one of the main characters acts and is treated like a celebrity. It's handled very well and it's interesting to see how Shani handled the incredibly difficult decision her parents put upon her. I would have loved to visit the virtual club that the gang visits where you choose an avatar to represent you in the restaurant. It sounds very high tech and very cool. It's really nice to read a Christian book where people especially teens can go out and have fun yet still be decent, clean and wholesome.
One thing though that was distracting to me was the spelling of Danyel's name. Call me traditional or whatever, but when I see a name that's spelled with a y in place of another vowel, it makes me think it's a feminized name. Therefore for the first couple of chapters, I kept thinking he was a girl! While I enjoyed this book a lot, it didn't leave me enthused as the past two books in the series had. The last book in the series had a lot of action and suspense, so this book was a lot slower in comparison. I think part of the problem also stemmed from the fact that I couldn't relate to Shani at all with her dilemma in trying to fend off royalty. While it's an enviable situation, I just couldn't relate to her as I had done the other girls in the series. Still I enjoyed the book a lot. I really liked the ending as it showed gumption and being able to stick to your morals. Once again the visit to the lives of the inhabitants of Spencer Academy has been enthralling and I'm looking forward to reading what else is in store for these girls.
|A fun, quick read Jun 12, 2009|
|Okay, somehow I missed that this book was a Christian, young adult book so I found the constant references to prayer groups a finding God a little disconcerting. Nonetheless it was a quick, enjoyable read. The characters were a little irritating in how privileged they were with their expensive clothing, manicures, pedicures, etc. but as you gain insights into each of their lives behind all the glitz they became more likeable. It also made me want to go back and read Carly's story. The excerpt from Mac's story also sounds interesting and I plan to put it on my list of books to read. If you want a quick, religious beach read this summer this would be one to pick up.|
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