Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.
When May’s best friend Libby dies in a car crash, her life is changed forever. Not only has she lost her constant companion, she’s also lost her creative partner in crime. Princess X was the star of May and Libby’s private comic, something they worked on together for years as middle schoolers. Years later, May returns to her Seattle hometown and discovers Princess X everywhere she turns. There’s even a webcomic detailing Princess X’s harrowing adventures since the accident. Convinced Libby is still alive and trying to communicate with her, May recruits Trick, a down on his luck hacker, to help track Libby’s whereabouts across Seattle and into the depths of the internet. Interspersed between May’s breakneck search are beautifully illustrated manga-style comics, which ultimately culminates in a winning examination of Internet culture, feminist heroines and the deep friendships forged between teenage girls. Pick up I am Princess X if you are a fan of butt-kicking princesses, puzzling mysteries, fairytale manga, or all of the above.