Title: Party Princess
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
6. Princess in Training
Date Read: July 22
Format: Paperback from my own shelf
Since the last Princess Diaries (PD from here on out) book it’s been six months and Mia’s reign as President of the Student Council has actually been going quite well. Except for the fact that Lilly is still kind of mad at her for not abdicating the position, but after that debate, who could blame her? Well, Mia might have to rethink all that when Ling Su announces that the student government is broke thanks to Mia’s grand idea of recycle bins with a compactor. Those things weren’t cheap and now they have to worry about how they are going to come up with over five thousand dollars to book the hall for the seniors commencement ceremony. Luckily, Lilly and Grandmére both have a plan. Words you never want to hear. Lilly starts a literary magazine where her and Mia’s rejected short stories can be published, and Grandmére writes a playRight. I meant musical and most of Mia’s friends star in it. Along with the guy who is always picking out the corn from his chili. Yes, that character finally gets a name!
Plus what would a PD book be without some romantic drama for Mia? Michael decides to host a party – a college party – and makes the comment that he didn’t think that Mia was going to come because the guys in his band didn’t think she was a party girl. You can imagine the kind of problems that brings about for her.
You know, by this point three years ago, I was getting a little bit tired of Mia’s antics, but for some reason this time around, I’m not. Maybe it’s because I’m reading this while my work is having this competition so it’s nice to read something to take my mind off of it? But I really enjoyed this book, mostly because of how oblivious Mia is. Seriously, the girl doesn’t think she’s self-actualized enough and that’s she a big dork, but c’mon! That’s what’s so endearing about her. Like how easily she brings all these people together so that way they don’t feel so alone. That’s princess material right there!
And I loved the character of J.P. He’s the perfect friend – even though, I agree with Tina that he likes Mia – for her, someone who shares her likes and seems to be pretty funny. I’m really glad we got to see the true identity of the guy who is always picking the corn out of the chili (and the backstory behind his dislike of corn)!
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The story is getting a little deep here with the show of responsibility on Mia’s part and the way that Michael and Lilly’s parents are going through a divorce. I’m not sure if I can take it.
Bookshelf worthy? Neon green? Why not?