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OMG I read one more Princess Diaries book! I know. I haven’t done that in…oh god, how long has it been? Since Mia’s 10,000th “my boobs are too small!” grouse? That was sometime in the middle of the sixth book, methinks… Yeah, sounds about right.
Mia’s almost finished with her senior year in high school and all these things that have been left in the air for the past two years are coming to a steadfast conclusion, all in the same week. Genovia is having elections for the first time ever and her father is threatening to lose to her cousin René, who plans to open the country to the international market. Her romance novel—sent out under a pseudonym—is getting rejected everywhere. College acceptance letters are coming in by the bucketful, but which schools granted them meritoriously? Grandmére is driving Mia up a wall with her eighteenth birthday celebration. Prom’s rolling around and everyone wants Mia to go, including her promise-ringed boyfriend J.P., but for some reason she can’t muster any excitement for it.
And to top it all off? Michael’s back from Japan. Mia’s all: I can’t even deal so let’s not get into that, okay?
I don’t believe there was a single boob bellyache in here! Mia transformed so much and I’m loving her new maturity. I also really loved how each of characters is well-resonated and comes alive to me. This—in my opinion—is Meg’s best effort in that regard in awhile. I could get a sense of them and they in turn made the book the joy it was to read.
What I appreciated the most was how much Meg imprinted herself onto this novel. The romance novel Mia wrote screams of Meg’s first foray into publishing all those years back. While she definitely took a poetic license in simplifying the process for Mia, I loved how personal the entire thing felt. It gave this novel an extra oomph.
And…yeah. *sighs* You know, I could sit here and nitpick some of the finer points and the likes, but really, none of them hindered my enjoyment of the novel. I stayed up till 5am reading and I felt totally giddy and happy and maybe even inspired once I finished. When all is said and done, that’s what matters, isn’t it? B.
Oh and pfft, as if this is the last volume. Meg’s ambivalent attitude when asked about this assure me Mia will be back for more. I just pray we get some *heh* sex scenes then!
HarperTeen | 383 pages | January 6th, 2008 | Author Site | Excerpt & Extras | GoodReads | Amazon
Saturday, January 10, 2009
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