Title: Princess in the Spotlight
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Easy reading
Publisher: Harper Teen
5th sentence, 74th page: I honestly don’t.
No one ever said being a Princess was easy.
Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there’s an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmere arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letter from a secret admirer begin to arrive.
Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn’t been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.
I love Mia. Like me, she is incredibly adept at putting her foot in it. She also overthinks everything and just seems entirely incapable of doing anything in a sane, collected manner. Yet, no matter how much trouble she seems to find herself in (and since this is a teenage girls’ voice, it was amplified), Mia seems to find a way out of it at the end. And there is, again, a beautifully profound moment of self-realisation at the end.
I’ve definitely been a huge fan of the Michael-Mia relationship (that hasn’t actually happened) since the movie. But there is something better about reading about Mia’s completely clueless perusal of her best friend’s brother. It’s completely clear that he likes her, and Mia spends most of Princess in the Spotlight obsessing over him, but she is still oblivious. Even Lilly is aware of the crush. Although she is kind of psychotically and pushily intense, so it’s hard to know how much she understands. Again though, it’s the view lens of a teenager – I wonder what the words about my best friend (if I chose to write them) would say. Especially when I was a more self-absorbed teenager.
Although there are so many very, very good things about this story. Including the wit, humour and sass, I think that one of my favourite things is that it is incredibly easy to read. It is a nice, fun, enjoyable story that makes you believe in family and friends. I can see that it’s a story that I will be able to read again and again, and have it leave a smile on my face.
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