THE PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale
IndieBound Description: Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.
Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.
My thoughts:This is another book that I am impressed that I share the same sticker with! The title makes one think that this is going to be some sort of infuriating someday-my-prince-will-come story, but it isn't. There is real depth, personality and feeling in the story and character.