Monday, February 16, 2015

Teen reviews: The Princess Diaries!

Editor's note: Sometimes we start a series, love the first book, then get on a roll and keep reading it! That's what happened to Kayla recently, so here are her reviews of the first three books in the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, a favorite with many.

The Princess Diaries
by Meg Cabot
238 pages
Contemporary series (see below)
Recommended for grade 6 and up

Reviewed by Kayla, grade 10

Mia is just a normal girl living a normal life at a normal high school. That is, until her father comes to tell her that she’s not a normal girl. She’s a princess! However, she is still flunking Algebra, and she is still in love with her best friend’s brother. Only now, besides studying and having her best friend Lilly psychoanalyzing her, she also has to take princess lessons from her Grandmother (who is also a princess). She thinks that she is so not princess material, but she has to be, due to the fact that she is the only heir to the throne. But even though a lot of things go wrong, some things do go right.

This book was amazing! I had seen the movie and although there are a few similarities, it is very different from the book! Mia is easily to relate to, because she has a hard time in school, has a strange but awesome best friend, and has a crush on a boy she thinks doesn’t even notice her. It is such an unimaginable story that it is almost believable. I highly recommend this book because it has a serious but funny edge to it. It is also written in the form of a diary, which adds to its uniqueness.

I rate this book a 5.

Princess in the Spotlight
by Meg Cabot

When Mia’s strict and quite forceful Grandmère (Grandmother in French) arranges for her to have a TV interview, Mia puts her foot down. However, as usual, Grandmère gets her way and Mia is interviewed. She slips up quite a few times, and suddenly not only is her best friend furious with her, but she gets her school in trouble too. To top it all off, she is still flunking Algebra, her mother has an exciting bit of news, and she has reporters following her everywhere. Mia--who was once just a normal girl--is now anything but normal.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this one was even better. Mia gets funnier as the book goes on but even when bad things happen to her she has a positive outlook on life. Mia is so sassy, and has a way of looking at problems that I would never even dream of. I love Meg Cabot’s writing style and I have loved all of her books so far. I highly recommend this book and also rate it a 5.

Princess in Love
by Meg Cabot

After waiting for what seems like her whole life, Mia finally has a boyfriend. Except there is one problem: Mia doesn’t love or even like her boyfriend Kenny! She is in love with her best friend’s brother, who she thinks doesn’t even know that she exists. On top of all that, she is going to Genovia in a month and doesn’t know anything about being a princess, and since she in the only heir of Genovia, that could be quite a problem. But Mia has a way of working things out even if they get a little twisted up along the way.

I loved the first two books in this series, but this one was the best one yet. Mia is a hilarious character, but she always works things out, which makes these books so believable. She is very down to earth, and that is what I like the best about her. She has flaws, yet she has to try and seem like she is perfect because she is a princess. I also love the style in which these books are written--diary entries. I lwill continue to read Meg Cabot's books. This one gets a 5 as well!

Me again: According to Goodreads, Kayla (and you) have volumes 4-10 to look forward to as well, and then there are a few inserted in between them (4.5, 6.5, 7.5, 7.75! what happened there?) so keep on following the fortunes of Mia!

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