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Peek Inside Secrets of a Reluctant Princess

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But now she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working

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At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.

The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.


"This is a great story of friendship and self discovery. It includes the typical HS life, as well as LARPing! Fantastic fun to read and left me hoping that the reality show doesn't ruin Andy's life and relationships! I know my students will love this!" -Sarah Bittel, Educator at Canisteo-Greenwood CSD

"Casey Griffin delivered a teen fairytale with Secrets of A Reluctant Princess. It has all the great feels for a teen read and I found myself enjoying the humor and little love story that it gave us." -Natalie Miller, Books and Boys Books Blog

"As an educator, I will definitely recommend this book because of its 'believe in your true self' message. I also enjoyed reading bathroom-bottom and all things toilet sense of humour. Well done, Casey Griffin!" -Sabina Falacinska, I Speak Bookish

"I could really relate to the nerdy side of Andy and found her easily likeable. I especially loved the larping scenes, which were really fun. Her nerd crush on Kevin was cute, too, which lead to PUNS(!) and some really steamy scenes." -Inge, Of Wonderland

"This book was amazing. [...O]nce you got into it. You were hooked. The characters, the storyline all felt real." -Brit Lane, Reviews by Bee

"If you're looking for a cute, fun, read that contains some fun and a good ending I'd recommend this." -Samantha Myers, Pink Earmuffs Tumblr

"I love the geeky things in Secrets of a Reluctant Princess because I'm a geek myself. I love reading contemporary/young adult books like this one, so I highly recommend Secrets of a Reluctant Princess to everyone who loves contemporary/young adult books!" -Shirley, Shirley Cuypers

"I adored this book. I couldn't put it down till I finished it; absolutely terrific!" -Lu Dex

"If you enjoyed The Replacement Crush or The Summer I Became a Nerd , then this should be added to your collection. LARPing and bathroom accessories abound in Casey Griffin's YA debut. Not only do you have a world (Asdor) within our own, but a fresh (ha, see what I did there?) voice on the scene. Plus, there's nerd love!" -Moriah, A Leisure Moment

"I had a blast reading this book. ... this is the book for you to get your hands on." -Hadassah Harper, Haddie's Haven

"Secrets of a Reluctant Princess is a cute read. I have no idea why, but I love a nerdy love story. I felt for Andy who was torn between being popular and being herself and getting bullied like she was in her old school. I can understand just wanting to have a happy day. Being a teen is hard enough, but adding in a reality show must be hell. I ended up loving Harper and Kevin, too." -Kristi Housman, Goodreads Reviewer

"I really enjoyed this book! It was such a fun read, super adorable but very realistic at the same time! I definitely needed a pick me up that would warm my heart in this freezing winter, and this was just the perfect book at the perfect time!" -Sophie, Where Are The Books?

"Griffin does a great job of building rounded and distinct main characters. The plot builds with twists and turns that add to the suspense of the story and are successfully resolved by the end of the novel. [...] These are strong and positive messages, and Secrets of a Reluctant Princess would be a great read for any young adult. Highly Recommended.CM Magazine

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755932
Release Date: Mar 7, 2017
Page Count: 354
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: across the tracks, opposites attract

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By Inge February 23, 2017

I have to admit, I wasn’t really into Secrets of a Reluctant Princess in the beginning, and I quickly had an opinion ready. I’m happy to say though, that eventually the story grew on me, and I ended up really enjoying it.

For starters, the toilet business was weird, but I really liked the addition of ...more

By Jessica March 07, 2017

Be still, my heart! Friends, I'm about to shamelessly gush about this book. Consider yourself warned. I mean, I admit that it did take me a few chapters to warm up to Andy but once I did? Well, you couldn't have pried me away from this book if you tried. It has everything I love. Great characters, r ...more

By Cora March 08, 2017

5 Words: Family, fame, friendship, fun, frolics.

Oh look. Alliteration. This book deserved it, it was fab.

I knew as soon as I started this book that I was going to like it. I was looking for something fun, something to lift my spirits and make me laugh... And that's exactly what I got!

I loved Andy, ...more

By Shirley February 24, 2017

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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess tells the story of Adrianna (Andy) Bottom. She moved to Beverly Hills because her dad's toilet products have been a hit in the market and now they're rich. And because of that, there'll be a TV show about them, called Bathroom Barons. Adrianna doesn't fee ...more

By books are love March 07, 2017

Received in exchange for a honest review.

Casey Griffin has knocked it out of the park with this book. I was so entertained and laughed so much. the book had a light hearted tone but dealt with some very real issues that teens go through. For Adrianna we get so much more.

She is a good honest characte ...more

By Ashley March 08, 2017

This book was a cute YA romp through today's high school world: where "reality TV" and social media rule and being perfect is the only way to stay away from humiliation. I would liken this book to a younger Sophia Kinsella novel - full of slapstick situations which can make you laugh out loud at the ...more

By ❄️✨ Kat ✨❄️ March 13, 2018


Moral of the story:
Just be yourself, no matter what others may think of you.

This is a great read, and for those who aren't generally interested in "princessy" stories,
don't worry, this isn't your typical princess story. It has nothing to do with royalty. ...more

By Suz May 24, 2017

Super fun young adult romance with a heroine who must hide her nerdiness to become a reality star princess for her father's bathroom supply empire. ...more

By Moriah February 24, 2017

**This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment**

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Hear ye, hear ye! I introduce to you a book of royal nerdiness!

Adrianna Bottom left Seattle behind, along with the relentless teasing and bullying—but her father’ ...more

By Samantha (WLABB) March 14, 2017

This review appeared on We Live and Breathe Books
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Adrianna thought she was getting a fresh start. A new city. A new school. A new look. She thought that if she shed the "Andy" parts of herself and played a better social game, that things could be different. As she worked harder towa ...more

By Sascha March 07, 2017

4 1/2 stars;
The first couple of chapters of Secrets of a Reluctant Princess are pure farce, in the literary meaning and not the current derogatory meaning. Adrianna (Andy), of the unfortunate last name of “Bottom” (unfortunate because of her father’s business in plumbing supplies and his tendency t ...more

By Suze March 14, 2017

Adrianna Bottom's father is famous for his Bottom's Bathrooms and Accessories. It's why they've moved to Los Angeles where they're getting their own reality show. Adrianna isn't happy with her parents' decisions and doesn't want to be on television. Especially not because the director seems to want ...more

By T.H. March 12, 2017

This book had it's moments. Both really cute and funny, and a few that went on a bit too long. I loved Adrianna "Andy" Bottom, heir to the Bottoms Bathroom dynasty. She's funny, quirky, and a little unsure of herself, but she's also got a solid backbone that I loved. When her family moves from the P ...more

By Wit & Wonder Books February 13, 2017


Casey Griffin delivered a teen fairytale with 'Secrets of A Reluctant Princess'. It has all the great feels for a teen read and I found myself enjoying the humor and little love story that it gave us.

Adrianna Bottom is a geeky teenager ...more

By Lori March 13, 2017

Tour Date: March 6-March 17, 2017
Link to Goodreads:
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By UniKayla14 March 16, 2020

WOW WOW WOW. WOW. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!! Oh. My. God. This book! It is love and hate and humor and entertainment and tears and pure happiness all in a paper-bound book. This book is A M A Z I N G! I cannot recommend it enough! Sooooo this book baaaasically shows what happens when you mess up in fron ...more

By Keanna (JustKey) August 16, 2018

Adrianna's parents own a big business named Bathrom Barons and her dad has created a new bathroom invention that has gotten the attenti9 of a TV producer and wants to make their life into a show. But Adrianna moved from her last school in Seattle, because she was being bullied. Soon, Adrianna is suc ...more

By Emmyjo March 16, 2017

This book was short and fun. Although Andy the main character annoyed me at times. Because she believed being popular was worth more then being herself and being friends with Kevin.
But I understand why she went along with it and being on a reality tv show cause of her dad's invention.
I believe this ...more

By Sarah February 23, 2017

Adrianna Bottom is comfortable being a geek, not as someone who her parents and their new reality show are trying to make her. Heir to the "Bottom" fortune, Andy is being reinvented by the network at her new school and in her new world. She meets Kevin and realizes that he could be a great friend, u ...more

By Arys March 07, 2017

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin is a YA contemporary novel that, for me, was reminiscent of stories like that of Disney's Princess Diaries, the movie Mean Girls, or even the 80's movie Teen Witch.

Adriana "Andy" Bottom is having her world turned completely upside down. Her family has ...more

By Naturalbri (Bri March 17, 2017

This is the perfect read for teens and all YA readers alike, who love books like Geek Girl, where the main character is a great blend between nerdy and cool. A story where the typical stereotypes don't completely work and things are a little mad at times.

The author gave us a main character who love ...more

By Rhianna March 15, 2017

If you love a good teen rom-com and need a feel-good read, look no further!

It's that time of the year when I just can't seem to read anything too dark or moody. Gimme some fun, romantic YA so I can soak up the extra sunlight with a read that makes me smile. SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS totally fi ...more

By Carolyn December 11, 2017

This was a fun, quick read. It's fascinating to see something that was relatively obscure when I was a teen (LARPing) become something that many people have heard of.
Interesting characters. Repulsive bad guy. Drama over friendship. Clueless parents.
Some dialog seems forced. Main characte ...more

By Kati March 16, 2017

The first thing I just have to get off of my chest if the extremely unfortunate name of the main protagonist in this story. Adrianna (Andy) Bottom, is not the best of names but when her father is the King of bathroom appliances it opens the door for a lot of cruel jokes. Through half the dramas Andy ...more

By Kim June 22, 2017

This is one of the BEST books I've read in a long time. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. Lovable characters and amazing/unique plot. HIGHLY RECOMMEND PLZZZZZ READ:) ...more

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Casey Griffin

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Casey Griffin

Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion, and she is currently busy writing every moment she can.

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