Title: Princess in Training
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Princess Diaries
2. Princess in the Spotlight
3. Princess in Love
4. Princess in Waiting
5. Princess in Pink
Date Read: July 21
Format: Paperback from my own shelf
All right, so Mia is back for another book and after what’s happened in the last five what could possibly happen to her now? Well, obviously something has to happen or else there wouldn’t be another book would there? So this time around Mia has to deal with the following:
- Sophomore year starting and the fact that she’s already failing Geometry
- Thanks to a snail scandal that she enacted while in Genovia over the summer, the country might be on its way out of the EU and she’s been labeled an eco-terrorist.
- Lily has nominated her for class president, and her opposition is Lana.
- And if that wasn’t enough, Michael – her very sweet, college boyfriend – might be dumping her if she doesn’t have sex with him soon.
If I remember my earlier readings of this series, book 6 was always one of my favorites. Not just only because Mia finally deals with a real issue – whether or not boys in college will stick with their high school girlfriends if they don’t put out – but also because of all the Sailor Moon mentions! I’m a huge Sailor Moon nerd, and I was so excited to read all the mentions. My only question is whether or not Meg Cabot actually watched a few episodes of the original show back when she was writing? Hm…something to ask her on Twitter the next time she does a Q&A… Also, on this reread I found this particular gem quite interesting:
“Although, to tell the truth, both of those movies took a lot of liberties with the facts. It was bad enough in the first one that they made my dad dead and Grandmére all nice and everything. Now, in the latest one, I supposedly broke up with Michael! Like that’s going to happen.”
I think was Cabot’s subtle hint to the producers at Disney that she didn’t really like the movie adaptation and the sequel? Because I think it was and I kind of don’t blame her. On the one hand I liked the nice Grandmére in the movies, but I didn’t like the fact that after watching a 90 minute film to get Michael and Mia together it was all blown apart in the first five minutes of the sequel. I mean, Chris Pine is cute and everything, but he’s no Michael.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. As always, Meg Cabot gets it. The funniest thing though, is for an ‘open and honest’ relationship that Mia and Michael or supposed to have, Mia isn’t always all that honest until she blows up.
Bookshelf worthy? Why neon orange? Seriously?