Title: Princess in Love
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #3
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: Use transitive verbs to create brief, vigorous sentences.
Princess Mia may seem like the luckiest girl ever.
But the truth is, Mia spends all her time doing one of three things: preparing for her nerve-racking entree into Genovian society, slogging through the congestion unique to Manhattan in December, and avoiding further smooches from her hapless boyfriend, Kenny.
For Mia, being a princess in love is not the fairy tale it’s supposed to be… or is it?
Yet again, Cabot manages to make this a fun, smiley, cute story. It’s a great, easy read that had me giggling and smiling throughout. Something that helps to bring a little light into the days when I feel slightly down and just need an easy, happy pick me up.
In Princess in Love, it feels like Mia finally begins to recognise who she is as a person (or at least, she does towards the end). Yes, she’s still heavily influenced by basically everything around her (like every other teenager), but she’s starting to recognise her own strengths and abilities. After all, she’s only supposed to be fourteen, so I completely understand why she’s a little scattered… I know what I was like at fourteen after all. And I didn’t have to deal with any politics!
I completely understand Mia’s confusion about what to do with Kenny. I remember (ironically when I was about fourteen) a friend asking me out in front of everyone. I said yes out of embarrassment, and then couldn’t figure out how to get out of the predicament I had found myself in. It took me twenty-four hours, for Mia, it was a lot longer, but I completely recognised the internal monologue. Which, I think is why this is such a popular series – after all, even ten years after my own confused adolescence, I could completely relate to what was happening.
Mia’s passion for conservation and saving animals is still slightly twisted towards that teenage naivety (again, see fourteen-year-old me, and my sister…). But, there’s so much potential for her to develop this passion. I love that it brings to light some of the animal rights needs and arguments that were around then and now.
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