Name: Royal Wedding: A Princess Diaries Novel
Author: Meg Cabot
Publication Date: 2015
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Humor
Plot Summary: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.
For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?
Fans rejoice, Princess Mia is BACK!
If the Harry Potter series made me love reading, the Princess Diaries series made me love writing. Growing up, I followed Mia’s journey as she struggled to balance between the trials and tribulations of being a teenager living in New York, and being a princess to a small European country.
Oftentimes, the books we read growing up mark us and remain favorites long after we’ve passed the age group they were targeted at. As a teenager, Mia was my friend, we were both dramatic worriers. I could relate to her struggles because I too was going through the awkward teen years of insecurities, bad hair days, crushing on your best friend’s older brother, Algebra, and all the wonderful anxieties gracefully given to us by high school. So you can imagine my excitement when, after years of absence, Meg Cabot was bringing Mia back as a twenty-something adult.
I finished this book in a day, because what better way to forget about your impending Dissertation due date than to read about Mia’s chaotic life?
See? See right there? Even my writing style is severely influenced by Mia’s!
Anyways, back to the review. The book was as hilarious as any previous one. I was skeptical about how Mia’s personality as a twenty-something year old would turn out; will she still be as dramatic and neurotic? Or will she have changed and become unrecognizable? I was pleased to discover that Mia is still Mia but she has also matured quite a bit. She’s now more confident, more vocal about her thoughts, sometimes a little mean, and has finally embraced being a royal!
We were also made to revisit the iconic characters of Lily, Tina, Lana, Grandmere, Lars and others. Although I wished Mia had more face to face interactions with them rather than texting, it was still hilarious to read about them again and catch up on what they have been up to since the last book came out.
Speaking of texting, leave it to Meg Cabot to be as informed about pop culture as ever. While the teenage Mia back in the early 2000’s spoke about Britney Spears and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 2010’s Mia is all about Game of Thrones and Kate Middleton. This is what makes Mia so loveable, she’s so realistic DESPITE the whole princess thing!
Mia and Michael:
Ah Michael! My first literary crush and the reason why, to this day, I have unrealistically high expectations of boys. No one will ever understand how upset I was when they cut off his character from the second Princess Diaries movie. His story with Mia was, and still is, my favorite romance story of all time. There is nothing more romantic than two close friends who discover they both had feelings for each other while being completely oblivious that the other person felt the same way too. Classic I tell you.
Michael was as amazing as ever, but I did feel that their relationship was a little too perfect, and I was a little weirded out by the excessive romance scenes that sometimes came out of nowhere. It felt like Meg Cabot was jamming them everywhere just to show us that Mia is an adult now.
I am actually impressed that their relationship is still this passionate even after all these years. Mia is as madly in love as ever, but what was good to see was that she is no longer that timid girl in love with her best friend’s older brother. Gone is the Mia who could not believe that someone like Michael was in love with her, oh no, present day Mia is sassy and confident.
Revisiting the old characters and seeing how they turned out
Mia’s hilarious inner thoughts
The family drama was a little overwhelming
The Final Verdict:
I can’t describe how happy I was reading this book; God knows our twenties are more complicated than our teenage selves ever thought was possible! But if Mia can juggle between being a 26 year old princess bride with a crazy family, paparazzi, Genovian protestors, being in love and her job at the center, I can pass that dissertation (InshaAllah)!
Old fans read this book ASAP. Adult,s if you can find your inner teenager grab the entire series and read it ASAP. Teenagers, even though this series came out in the early 2000’s and adolescence has become even more complicated what with social media and all that, still, no one will understand your drama better than Mia, grab the entire series and read it ASAP.