Plot Busters – PRINCESS FOR HIRE (part 3)

Let’s see how Leavitt wraps up all the plot threads! You won’t be disappointed.

Break Into Three: (The answer is found.)

After Desi’s dark moment, she and Meredith have a heart to heart. Meredith opens up and shares her past mistakes. Turns out she made mistakes too. As a sub, she fell in love with a prince. Gasp! (My heart went out to Meredith.) We learn that Desi is not only fighting for her job, but she’s fighting to change the philosophy of the entire agency! Talk about potential impact.

Finale: (The whole reason we read the book – the climax.)

This is Desi’s final battle against the villain: the establishment of the Princess Agency and the fact that they think the subs should not make an impact. And Lilith represents this establishment. They go head to head.

Lilith presents video clips of Desi’s worst moments. She cuts Desi down to size. It looks like all is lost. No way will they advance Desi to Level Two.

Meredith arrives with the Princess Progress Reports. We finally find out if Desi’s meddling in Act II paid off. I won’t spoil the great reviews. But let’s just say that Simmy and the Amazon princess approved of Desi’s sub job! Yay!

(Drum roll.) They pass Desi onto Level Two. And they admit that maybe they need to reconsider their philosophy of not trying to make an impact on the princesses.

Final Image:

We come full circle to find Desi back with Celeste, and Hayden. She realizes she’s over Hayden, and she admits it to her friend, Kylee. She is brimming with confidence. She has made a huge impact – on Meredith, on the Princess Agency, and most of all, within herself and her own life. Remember the six flaws from Act 1? We see all of these flaws/problems fixed!

I love that the ending wraps up the outer and inner story beautifully, with enough hints to some major conflict in book 2. I’m not going to share exactly what those are – you’ll have to read Princess For Hire yourself.

And don’t forget Lindsey’s new book coming out in March. Sean Griswold’s Head. And the sequel to PFH, The Royal Treatment comes out in May.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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23 Responses to Plot Busters – PRINCESS FOR HIRE (part 3)

  1. Stina Lindenblatt February 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    I love your plot analysis. I still have to catch up with your other two posts since I haven’t been blogging for the last few days.

    Your posts inspired me to buy SAVE THE CAT. Should be here next week. 😀

  2. Angela Felsted February 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Ooooh, she has a book coming out in March! I’d better save my pennies so I can buy it along with Demon Glass (the sequel to Hex Hall).

    • Laura February 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Angela – Her books coming out look really good too!

      Stina – No problem. Writing and life always comes before blogging.

  3. Susan Kaye Quinn February 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    That tying up at the end for a really satisfying ending…always my weak point. But I’m getting better, and analyses like these help me see how to do it!


  4. Kelly Polark February 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Wait! I’m afraid to read this in case I find out what happens… I haven’t read the book and I generally don’t like to know too much except general plot before reading….
    But I do know I have Princess for Hire on my TBR list!!!

    • Laura February 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      Kelly – I know what you mean! Go read the book and then come back!

      Sherrie – Thanks. I try to apply it to my cps writing and my own of course!

      Susan – Tying up everything at the end with emotional satisfaction is incredibly hard! I’m always working at it.

  5. Tana Adams February 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Isn’t it funny, because in comparison act three is so short and to the point. But of course you’re right, it’s the whole reason we want to read the book!

  6. Lydia Kang February 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Thank you for putting so much effort into these analyses. I hope to see more in the future!

  7. erin February 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I’ve loved your little plot busters series… it’s been so fun to see your analysis and to read what you had to say! Please do this again!

  8. Shannon O'Donnell February 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Excellent! I’m reading Save the Cat right now–and loving it! 🙂

    • Laura February 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks everyone for commenting. I’ve been gone this afternoon! Hope this series has been helpful.

  9. Carolina Valdez Miller February 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    Great wrap-up. It’s nice to see how an author brings things full circle. Lovely analysis!

  10. Karen Strong February 24, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Great wrap-up Laura. I always love this Plot Busters posts. It makes it so much clear when you have a great example.

    The author’s agent Sarah Davies had nothing but excellent things to say about Leavitt’s writing.

  11. Rachael Harrie February 24, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    Hey Laura,

    I missed the first two of your plot analyses, so I’ve just gone back and read them. Most intriguing, and I love how you’ve broken it down for us all 🙂



  12. Jen Daiker February 24, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    I’m in awe of your brilliance!!!! I loved these posts Laura. You’re fabulous!

  13. Amie Kaufman February 24, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I’ve been on holiday, so just catching up on posts now. This is fantastic, I’m so glad I caught it!

  14. Lisa Green February 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Ahh, I appreciate when a book wraps up neatly. Especially when there’s a sequel coming out. I hate being unsatisfied and then having to wait for the next book!! I’m so impatient..

  15. Leigh Moore February 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    ergh, I’m not reading this post yet b/c I want to read the book, and I’m afraid this’ll spoil it for me!!! But I’m still lovin how you did this. Thanks, Laura~ :o) <3

  16. Pam Torres February 25, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    This analysis is right on. I have taken a break from blogging to work on this with my own WIP and Save the Cat has been an incredible resource. Thanks so much for your insight. I’ve been kind of struggling with my midpoint. Comparing my own WIP to your analysis has been very helpful.

  17. Margo February 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Thanks for answering my question! I will look forward to your promise of more insight on the worst possible character for the task/challenge!

  18. Elle Strauss February 26, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    Thanks for a terrific job breaking PFH down. We can see why it’s doing so well!

  19. writer April 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Personally, I have to completely agree with you, but the case was included in general and quite helpful for you to describe it in fully. But I understand that this is the first entry in this question, so I look forward to the development of entries and I follow on a regular basis.


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