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"Nelly’s voice rings true as she deals with friends, family, love, and religion. . . . This fast-paced work will grab readers from the start." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNALNelly Sue Edelmeister knows exactly who she is: a skinny, brainy thirteen-year-old Berlin schoolgirl. But that’s before she develops a hopeless crush on a certain British royal. And it’s definitely before she"Nelly’s voice rings true as she deals with friends, family, love, and religion. . . . This fast-paced work will grab readers from the start." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNALNelly Sue Edelmeister knows exactly who she is: a skinny, brainy thirteen-year-old Berlin schoolgirl. But that’s before she develops a hopeless crush on a certain British royal. And it’s definitely before she meets the oddly attractive Maximilian Minsky, her last hope for making the basketball team before it heads off to England and she is virtually thrown into Prince William’s arms. Meanwhile, her parents’ bickering is stressing her out, as is her bat mitzvah looming ahead. Readers will relate to this funny, heartfelt tale of a determined teen as she makes some surprising discoveries about life, loss, love, and faith....

Title : Prince William, Maximilian Minsky, and Me
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ISBN : 9780763632991
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Prince William, Maximilian Minsky, and Me Reviews

  • Beth
    2019-04-20 08:21

    It's love at first sight when Nellie sees a photo of blonde-haired, blue-eyed heir to the throne Prince William. She lives in Germany and her chances of meeting the famous royal are slim to none. She's a bookish girl, but a potential basketball championship with a grand prize trip to London results in a new friendship with a goth boy who helps the bookworm learn to dribble, pass and shoot.The love triangle cover belies the complexity of the story. There are two major subplots: Nellie's preparation for her bat mitzvah, and the dissolving of her musician parents' marriage just as her thoughts are turning to romance. Strong adult characters also set the book apart - Nellie's slightly obsessive mother and Casanova father, and a grandmotherly friend and her circle of biddies have depth and verve. Nellie is especially likable, precocious and obtuse at the same time. The German setting, international characters and Yiddish and Hebrew language droppings further enrich the text.The book tackles Big Questions: faith and faithfulness, the nature of true love and true crushes, and identity and self-esteem with a does of humor. The tone occasionally gets too overly dramatic to be believed i.e., opening with a "once upon a time beginning" and concluding with another authorial intrusion that reminds us the story has been a reminiscence rather than happening in the now, making the voice of the protagonist waver too much between girlish and wise. Nellie herself is caught on a cusp, so it mostly works.A glossary is appended; recommended for fans of Georgia Nicholson looking for less superficial stories about girls navigating into young adulthood.

  • Memmis
    2019-03-27 06:32


  • Rachel
    2019-04-07 13:32

    It was a cute story, though I nearly gave up on it about 90 pages into it because it was getting too cutesy. The story is a German to English translation, which won the Sydney Taylor Honor Award. Thirteen year old Nelly lives in Berlin and goes to the Mark Twain half German/half American School. She is an astronomy nerd who is very shy and after Princess Diana's death, she is introduced to the world of Prince William that she promptly falls in love with. The story is interesting. Her father is a German clarinetist, who's in and out of work all the time, and her mother is the overbearing workaholic American. Things seem pretty good until one day her father is hired for a new job and it turns out that he is interested in more than playing gigs, and has been for awhile. Her father's boss's son, Max, has recently moved from NYC and seems to be your typical angry teenaged boy until you get to know him. Nelly finds out that her high school basketball team will be traveling to England, so she is trying to think of a way to get on the team so she can potentially meet Prince William. This would've been a great idea, except for the fact that she is totally uncoordinated and a klutz. She gets Max to teach her how to play basketball. Will she get to meet Prince William or will she find a prince of her own?

  • El Templo
    2019-04-18 12:28

    Nelly Sue Edelmuster tiene trece años, vive en Berlín y es una chica muy estudiosa que no tiene tiempo para pensar en chicos. O eso cree… hasta que ve al príncipe Guillermo por la tele y se enamora perdidamente de él. Desde entonces, se aferra al sueño de poder conocerle y conquistar su corazón, con la ayuda de su amigo Max Minsky.Esta nueva obsesión le sirve a Nelly para olvidar su verdadera realidad: en el colegio no es nada popular y el ambiente en casa no es mucho mejor. Su padre es un músico de escaso éxito; una mala combinación con la perfeccionista de su madre, que descarga su frustración con Nelly y la obliga a preparar su Bat Mitzvah, una ceremonia judía que a Nelly no le entusiama. Por suerte, su amistad con Max consigue endulzar su día a día. Mientras ella es una gran amante de los libros, él es un aficionado deportista y —para colmo— gótico. Parecen no tener nada en común, pero su unión echa chispas, e incluso podría hacer la competencia a cierto príncipe que puebla la cabecita de la protagonista.Seguir leyendo:

  • Sophie
    2019-04-01 07:46

    Very cute. Typical bookish girl meets mean self-centered boy and after they have spent much time together under forced circumstances (she has to teach him German and he coaches her in basketball) they end up liking each other. A good read because of the particular perspective of the narrator; the story isn't set in New York or Sydney or some other typical cosmopolitan teen-fiction archetype city - its told from the perspective of a young Jewish girl living in Berlin today (well, 1997). All up a slightly off-beat and well-written teen-angst tale of love, basketball and jewish food.Lastly a warning to parents: at one point the thirteen-year-old narrator agrees to have sex with the boy in exchange for basketball lessons. She talks herself through it - the pros and cons of having sex - over a couple of chapters, and although it doesn't end up happening anyway, its something to be wary of if younger teens pick up this book.

  • Sonja
    2019-04-15 06:37

    There is nothing wrong with this. It's a solid teen novel. But, there also wasn't anything that stood out. I loved Nelly's relationship with her adopted grandmother. But, I was a little put-off by Max's random statements, "I want sex." I was also disappointed with her philandering father and with Nelly's decision that he was still loveable. That is very realistic and it is relatively healthy to decide to love your father in spite of his weaknesses. But, it was distasteful that her father seemed completely incapable of controlling his wandering eye even when having a heart-to-heart discussion with his daughter about how his infidelity has caused unnecessary pain. I hated the message that Rahlens seems to be sending about men in general with her characterizations of Max and Nelly's dad. It really did detract from the very positive traits that both of these men have.

  • Rachel L
    2019-04-08 13:42

    Well that was unexpected. The reason why I picked this book up in the first place is a long story. I certainly didn't think it would be...fantastic. The characters are well fleshed out and the story line is far from some cutesy little kid tale. Sure, there were cute moments and no there was nothing super shocking (except maybe that one thing...), but I could not help but be emotionally invested in the characters' lives and relationships. It is a brilliant coming of age story with a main focus on family and a sub-focus on first crushes/love. Not to mention the book is hilarious. I constantly found myself giggling constantly at it's wit. I highly advise whoever is reading this review to go and read it now. Seriously, I am very picky when it comes to 'those cute YA books' so trust me when I say this one is special.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-07 09:21

    Nelly is thirteen and she is questioning her life, like her love life, and weither or not she should have her bar Mitfa or not. When she finds out that her school basketball team is going to England, she tries out for the team so she can meet Prince William. Maximilian on the other hand makes Nelly question her love for Prince Wiliam and why she doesn't like anyone realistic. If all this wasn't enough Nelly also must deal with her parents consitant fighting. Personally I didn't like the book, I thought that I was going to have a stronger connection with Nelly. I found the plot slow and there was nothing pushing me to read on.

  • Megan Last
    2019-04-18 05:33

    I thought that this book was really good with a lot of great morals in it. However, it is definitely something that should be for teens and older. I first read this book in 5th grade and though I liked the rebellious aspect of reading things with swearing and stuff I don't think that it should be encouraged for elementary school reading. If you don't care about that though, it was fantastic.

  • Boris
    2019-04-16 07:38

    Story about a nerd. A fuckin' arrogant nerd. It is a typical love story. Bad thing: it makes fun of goths. In a childish way and it is clear that the writer has never met a real goth. I'm no goth, but I hate it when they make fun of a whole lifestyle and act like their lifestyle is better. The story is crap and predictable. A bit amusing, but not that good.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-30 12:47

    In Berlin, thirteen-year-old Nelly Sue Edelmeister--a self-described nerd and aspiring astronomer--gains a greater understanding of herself and those around her as she develops her first crush, considers whether to go through with her bat mitzvah, and tries out for the basketball team.

  • BookOfLife
    2019-03-24 11:21

    Hear an interview about Prince William, Maximilian Minksy and Me with author Holly-Jane Rahlens on The Book of Life podcast's June 2006 episode at

  • Carol
    2019-04-20 06:21

    I really liked this book. It was a humorous, quick read. I think I mostly enjoyed the author's voice.

  • Jerfus
    2019-03-26 06:46

    3.5 estrellas. Tengo que admitir que esto fue una verdadera sorpresa.

  • Janelle
    2019-03-22 08:41

    This book wasn't as good as I thought it would be. It was a little to younger directed for me. I think it had an all right plot, but it just didn't interest me all that much.