Monday, February 7, 2011

Book Review: Princess in Love by Meg Cabot

Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
Published: Harper Teen, 2002
Hardcover, 229 pages
Borrowed from the library/read in bookstore
It would seem that 14-year-old Mia Thermopolis ("five foot nine inches tall, with no visible breasts, feet the size of snowshoes") has the kind of life every Manhattan teenager could only dream of: She is, in her spare time, the princess of the European country of Genovia. Alas, the Royal Privilege is more like a Predicament. Not only does she have to endure daily princess lessons from her critical Grandmère ("It isn't as if I'm going to show up at the castle and start hurling olives at the ladies-in-waiting"), but her new stepfather is also her algebra teacher, her mother is pregnant and vomiting, she doesn't like her boyfriend very much, and she's convinced the real love of her life--her best friend's older brother--thinks of her as a kid.

After another sort of abrupt ending of the 2nd in the series, Princess in Love picks up a month later on Thanksgiving. All of our favorite characters are back and we're introduced to Sebastiano, the Genovian fashion designer whose English is so poor that he only says the first syllable of most words (Permish instead of Permission, Breck instead of Breakfast...that sort of thing). Mia is also getting ready for her finals, the Nondenominational Winter Dance and her first arrival in Genovia in December.

I read this book in two parts: starting on Saturday when I had an abnormally long break between work-shifts and then in the last day or so from the local library. I had the poor librarian helping me search high and low for this book only to find it on the "Suggested Valentine's Day" Reads shelf.

I had literal laugh out loud moments and some snore moments as well. Sometimes Mia's babbling is really cute, but other times, it seems like filler. I think this series is one that I'd have to break up in parts. The book totally ended the way that I wanted to and I don't feel too hardpressed to read every single one after this right away.

All in all, I give this one a 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it for people who love Meg Cabot's writing, fans of YA Fiction and  quirky 1st person narratives.


  1. LOL! I had a librarian searching high and low with me for a book only to find the library had stuck in on the "Suggested Historical Fiction" table! Don't they remember where they put their books? I do.

  2. HAHAHAH @ Small!! They should totally remember! This was probably the smallest library in Brooklyn!


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