Published: Harper Teen, 2002
Hardcover, 229 pages
Borrowed from the library/read in bookstore
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.