Gable Reviews Kristina: The Girl King

Kristina: The Girl King, Sweden, 1638 by Carolyn Meyer


Describe it in 25 words or less. The fictionalization of the diary of Kristina, the first female ruler of Sweden.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I was interested in The Royal Diaries series and I have recently learned about wars in Sweden for school so I decided that this book might be a good insight on life in Sweden, back in the day.

Genre: Fictionalized History

Who was your favorite character and why? I wouldn’t call any of them characters because they were all real people but my favorite character was Kristina because I could relate to her the most, although I liked Karl, too.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Maria Eleonora because she was annoying and she sent mixed messages which I dislike in any person because it’s confusing.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It was better at the start, but I got bored with it as I read on.

Was it plot or character driven? Character driven, most definitely for the fact that it was a diary.

What did you think of the ending? It was a happy ending but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would’ve if the book had kept me at the same level of interest throughout.

Did you learn anything? I learned a lot about Swedish royalty and how the regular everyday people of Sweden lived their lives, especially with marriage.

Favorite quote: “That advice, like most, is easy to give but hard to put into action.” – Kristina

Who would you recommend it to? People who are interested in King Kristina and children who want to read grown-up non-fiction books but aren’t allowed to.

Number of unknown words:34

Craft/Activity: Learn how to fence.

Tell us about a time you were forced to do something out of duty that you didn’t want to do.

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