Title: Princess in Waiting
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #4
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: In fact, between that and the whole not-thinking-Michael-suitable-consort-material, she’s laying it on so thick, I fully blame her for my zit – even though it’s gone now, thanks to the miracle of modern dermatology.
Never before has the world seen such a princess.
Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia’s royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.
But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia’s real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long—sought—after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère as a result of the Genovian parking—meter thing, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn’t there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?
Princess in Waiting follows Mia’s first foray into the political world of Genovia and details her many responsibilities as princess. As always in the world of Mia, even with the best of intentions, not everything goes perfectly and she is constantly putting her foot in it. The added complications of her new love life and diabolical grandmother just makes it more fun and entertaining.
At the end of Princess in Love, Mia is finally able to be with the boy that she’s madly in love with (but, she’s fourteen, so that term is a little overwhelming for me… but anyway…). So, now that she has the boy, she is racked with insecurity. After all, they kissed, and then she left the country for over a month. I’m a lot older than Mia and I’m still racked with romantic uncertainty. After all, who hasn’t wondered why their significant other chose to be with them? And add that to her own insecurities… Mia’s romantic neurosis take on a whole new, entertaining level. Which of course brings forth her other self-esteem issues. And she spends the entire story wondering why he likes her and what her talent is.
If Mia’s own talent for getting herself in trouble isn’t enough, her Grandmere continues to throw a spanner in the works. Everytime Mia is on top of her experiences and thinks she has everything under control, Grandmere decides to get involved for some diabolical reason. Primarily throughout this book it’s about sabotaging Mia’s relationship and encouraging a new one.
As with the first three books, Princess in Waiting left me smiling at the sweetness of the story. It also made me remember what it’s like to fall in love for the very first time.
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