Title: Princess in Training
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #6
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Easy reading
Publisher: Harper Teen
5th sentence, 74th page: I’m hoping this means he is busy with the whole petroleum-running-out thing, and not, you know, that he’s breaking up with me because he’s realized I’m not exactly the Do it type.
Princess for president!
Student body president, that is – nominated by her power-mad best friend, Lilly. This is not how Mia imagined kicking off her sophomore year, but as usual, she has bigger problems to worry about, like Geometry. And now that Mia’s one true love, Michael, is uptown at college, what’s the point of even getting up for school in the morning? But the last straw is what Lana whispers to her on the lunch line about what college boys expect of their girlfriends… Really, it’s almost more than a princess in training can bear!
Although I like these stories, I can’t help but think that Lilly is a dick. EVERY TIME I READ THEM. Like, literally the worst friend a girl could ask for. And not even in an entertaining, she accidentally causes issues way. In a very irritating, self-centred, annoying way that makes me want to reach through the pages and smack her around. And then smack Mia around for letting herself be treated in this way. There is selfish. And then there is Lilly…
It’s also a little frustrating how Mia talks about Michael… I get the first love teenage thing. But I swear I would have punched myself in the face if I waxed on and off that much about my first love. Mia’s identity almost gets swallowed up by both Michael and Lilly throughout the story. Again. Frustrating.
Although Mia’s voice does get swallowed by those around her – I love how she manages to find it at the end of Princess in Training. And it gives this sense that in the next few Princess Diaries stories, she will actually be able to stand up for herself and become more strong and independent. At least, that’s what I hope for – because she’s an amazing character, she’s just being drowned out by the more pushy and confident…
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