The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang

fiction Childrens LGBTQIA+ Middle Grade Young Adult
emotional lighthearted fast-paced

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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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Transphobia (3 reviewers) and Homophobia (1 reviewer)


Misogyny (1 reviewer)


lighthearted 82%
hopeful 70%
inspiring 57%
emotional 54%
funny 30%
relaxing 22%
adventurous 14%
reflective 10%
tense 4%
challenging 3%
sad 3%
informative 0%
mysterious 0%


fast 78%
medium 21%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 4% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 94% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 72% | No: 14% | It's complicated: 8% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 51% | No: 22% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 9%

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