Previously, on The Princess Diaries: Mia learned that her grandmother was the queen of Genovia, her father the next heir, and she was the future queen of Genovia as the only child her father would ever have thanks to cancer; she struggled to put up with her overbearing and frightening grandmother, who didn’t not resemble Julie Andrews at all – she doesn’t have eyebrows! they’re fake! – and bullied Mia and her father; Mia learned that her mother was dating her algebra class, which also happened to be her worst class; her mother married said teacher after she became pregnant; Mia had loads of romantic drama with Michael, the older brother of her best friend; Mia learned to reach out to other friends because said best friend wasn’t always the best friend in the world, especially for Mia; there was much character growth all around, even for mean girl Lana; and, after ten books (and many supplemental novellas), Mia lived happily ever after.
Oh, you obviously don’t know Mia.
Scene 1: Mia is neurotic [and I love her for it so much]
Mia worries – a lot. Well, how about that – so do I! Mia is never diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or anything, although it wouldn’t have surprised me – but she does have history with going to a therapist, even if that didn’t happen during this book. Mia stresses so much, and it’s not just a character quirk – it’s a huge part of who she is, and it affects her personality and many of her actions, which I love so freaking much.
Of course, it leads to some questionable decisions – which leads to so much entertaining drama!
Scene 2: All the dramas [romantic and otherwise]
This book is apparently over 400 pages long (I read it in ebook form, so it was shorter than that page-wise), but it never really felt like that. There was so much going on to keep me greatly entertained that I never felt the need to moan and groan about it being so dang long – it wasn’t enough for me! There was some drama about Michael, who is continually called out by the press for not proposing to Mia already, and if you have any deduction skills, you probably know where that storyline goes based on the title. Wedding plans or wishes aren’t the only things plaguing Mia, though – her father is on a bit of a downward spiral and still pines for her mother, instead of worrying so much about being reelected as the prime minister of Genovia; and Mia learns a shocking secret that you already know about if you’ve heard of the other new book that come out from Meg Cabot this year (no spoilers in case you haven’t, don’t worry!). So, if one particular plotline doesn’t tickle your fancy (and why would that happen?), then there are others!
Scene 3: Everyone returns! [well, most of the major players do]
Seriously, there are lots of characters who make reappearances, both big and small – or at least get mentioned, like a cousin or something of Mia’s who makes royal dresses and such or another cousin/relative who’s running against Mia’s father for the prime minister position. Some of Mia’s less prominent friends continue to be less prominent here, which is a shame, but there’s Tina, who’s awesome! And Lilly was much better and quite a bit entertaining in this book. Lars is still Mia’s bodyguard, her grandmother still has her scared dog while Mia still has the very fat and now very old Fat Louie, and Mia’s little brother is growing up into a typical little boy. It was nice seeing all the characters again, even though I just met most of them last year.
Scene 4: Meg Cabot continues to write about Mia and her dramatic, entertaining life [it’s a stage direction – you have to do it, Meg!]
As of right now, I don’t know if Meg Cabot plans on writing more Princess Diaries books. She has a spin-off middle grade series that I plan on reading even though I don’t read middle grade, just to see more of Mia and the other beloved characters, but I want to get back into Mia’s head as well! In the beginning of the series, she could sometimes be too over-the-top and melodramatic for me, but the series and Mia really grew, and now she’s the type of person that I want as my best friend – or, she could be me, if I had a crown and a millionaire boyfriend/husband-to-be.
Title: Royal Wedding
Position: Book Eleven in the Princess Diaries series
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.
For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.
But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?