Title: Valentine Princess
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #4.25
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Easy reading
Publisher: Harper Collins
5th sentence, 74th page: It’s just… I’m not used to having a girlfriend.
Valentine’s Day means flowers, chocolates, and all-out romance.
That is, it usually means those things. But when you’re Princess Mia, nothing happens the way it’s supposed to. For one thing, Grandmere seems determined to prove that boy (or Michael, as he is commonly known) isn’t the right one for the crown princess of Genovia. And Mia isn’t having much luck proving otherwise, since Michael has a history of being decidedly against any kind of exploitative commercialization (Valentine’s Day, as it is commonly known).
Boris can declare his love openly to Lilly, and even Kenny comes through with a paltry Whitman’s Sampler. So why can’t Michael give in to cupid and tell Mia he loves her – preferably with something wrapped in red or pink and accompanied by roses – in time to prove he’s Mia’s true prince?
This is even shorter fluff than the rest of the Princess Diaries books. And by fluff I mean, mindless, happy, easy reading. It’s cute, it’s funny, and like the rest of the stories so far, this left me with a smile on my face, reminiscing about when I was a teenage girl thinking every drama was the end of the world. Of course, I didn’t ever worry about my boyfriend’s forgetting valentine’s day, and I certainly didn’t have to worry about being a princess. And the media. Bleugh.
As always, Mia is a slightly over-wrung basket case. This time, it’s over her first valentine’s day with Michael. Whether he will get her a gift, whether they will do something together, whether she should get him a gift. And, as usual, she lets her Gradmere influence her and this leads to all kinds of other chaos. I’m sure that at some point, later in the series, she will stop doing this and realise that her not-of-this-world grandmother doesn’t really help her be a normal American teenager… maybe MUCH later in the series.
The thing that actually annoyed me most about this story was Lily. I loved her archaic and independent attitude in the movie. She was difficult and pushy, but she also finally let Mia shine. She doesn’t do this so much in the book series. Maybe it’s because I personally love the idea of a day dedicated to love (regardless of its shady origins), but her dismissal of Mia’s feelings, and her inability to see why the day is such a big deal was kind of irritating.
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