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A Princess in My Shoes

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SYNOPSIS: Clara Martins is sick of her life. School, tests, the hurried routine, public transportation, television, frozen food… What she did not expect was that her desire to live in another world would, in a strange way, become true. When Princess Sofia, from the kingdom of Charmelyn, appears in Clara’s living room, crossing the centenary painting that would be the birthday gift for her grandmother, an exchange begins. Sofia stays in Clara’s life, and Clara goes to the princess’ place. Now she must live in the castle, a new beginning in another time. Sofia takes over her life and her problems. All this until the passage opens and the exchange can be undone. Between prohibitions to see plebeian friends, a ball to dance with would-be grooms, a wicked stepmother and a passion for a commoner, Clara will discover how to live as a girl from the old stories, but perhaps not everything will be a fairytale…

Original title: Uma Princesa em Meu Lugar
Language: Portuguese (BR)

Year: 2011
Format: Ebook and on-demand print
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9788580451986






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“She still wasn’t home when I arrived. Not that I wasn’t imagining this when I opened the door, it’s just that I still had a little hope.

I should be accustomed to that by now. The problem is that it’s kind of hard to get used to the absence of the only person who lives with me, and accept the fact that I would have to spend one more lonely night eating frozen food and watching mediocre TV shows.

And I was not thinking just about me. Deep down it had nothing to do with me. It had to do with the injustice of her being paid the same as Frida Andrade, having to spend most of the month out of state, going from one side to the other when they please. Where are individual rights? The privileged Frida has the option to stay in the office all the days of the month, having lunch with her boyfriend/boss, planning alongside him what is the next hole they will shove Helena Martins in. Because, you know, those are not enjoyable trips. Not a bit.

Now Helena Martins, also known as my mother, was in the North, near the Amazon forest, at the inauguration of a green building she had designed. A great success. Ok, getting credit for that was great for her, but, well, “dear” Mr. Rezende had to reward her somehow. I remember quite clearly the days when my mom came home from the office completely devastated. It was not fair what Frida did to her, stealing her ideas and all. This woman is a nightmare. And her boyfriend too. I don’t know how people can act naturally about this. Their relationship, I mean. Everyone knows about it, but the two of them keep denying it. An evident lack of ethics, if you want my opinion.

Anyway, Helena was there, breathing air with high humidity and sleeping in the last hotel they managed to reserve. But that’s okay. She was satisfied. It was what she always wanted – although it still bothers me. It was the third time this month she had to travel, never with a determined day to return.

So I tried to accept the idea of watching television and eating tasteless food. Before heading to the kitchen, I grabbed my pajamas and a towel and went to the bathroom. I forgot that the shower was discharging electricity, and I almost didn’t put my flip-flops on before turning the faucet. Getting a shock would not contribute much to my mood today, although I didn’t know if it could get any worse than it already was.” (p. 9-10)



“A true fairy tale! Totally enthralling, without putting or taking off.” – Naiare Crastt from the blog “Loucas por Leitura”.

“I indicate this book to everyone who likes modern fairy-tales!” – Paola Aleksandra, from the blog “Livros e Fuxicos”.

“Paula managed to portray very well the concerns and desires of a teenager, that will to change the world. It was beautiful.” – Mariana Sampaio, from the blog “Tijolinhos de Papel”.

“I think you should give a chance to this book, which is pretty cool. Don’t you want to be a princess for a day?” – Fernanda Faria, from the blog “Colina do Tordo.”

“Paula did a great job with the writing of her book and I recommend it to everyone who is after a light and fun reading!” – Aione Simões, from the blog “Minha Vida Literária”.

“I wasn’t expecting to like it that much. It is amazing that even being so young Paula managed to create a story full of twists and very creative.” – Bárbara Matos, from the blog “Livros e Coisas Menos Incríveis”.

Copyright © Paula Ottoni, 2017.