Published by Page Street Kids on May 5, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Working as a wench ― i.e. waitress ― at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.
Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval―if they don’t get fired first.
Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale as Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is a young adult contemporary romance by Jamie Pacton. This book was dubbed as being a cross between moxie and a knights tale with a female knight, and I was instantly sold. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly was a blast. I really enjoyed this fun read about standing up for yourself and making a change. There is also a cute romance woven in which never hurts in my book.
In The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly we meet our main character Kit Sweetly. Kit works at a medieval themed restaurant (kind of like medieval times) where there is a dinner show watching knights duel and joust. Kit has always wanted to be a knight. Her brother has trained her with the same training he received at the castle, but the company has a policy that only guys can be knights. Girls can either be the princess or a serving wench (yes, that is really what they call them.) Kit is a serving wench, but one day when her brother can’t perform for the dinner show, Kit secretly steps in, in his place.
When someone films her big (i’m a girl!) reveal at the end of the show goes viral and Kit starts her mission to allow girls to become knights at the castle. This book was so much fun. I loved how feisty Kit was. I loved her friends, and I also really loved her best friend (and maybe love interest!) Jamie Pacton did a great job developing real genuine relationships between the characters. I do wish there was not the element of Kit’s parents going on in the story, because I think the message was strong enough without the added layer of her jerk of a dad added in, and there were a few places where I thought the plot was dragging a bit, but overall I really enjoyed The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly. I think this book is great for young adult and adult readers that are looking for a cute romance, a feminist adventure and just love some good knight jousting! This book was a lot of fun.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020