Published December 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
How I Got It: Purchased for my Nook (256 pages)
Genre: YA- Contemporary
Goodreads.com Summary: She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…
News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport )
Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)
Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.
Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmere, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is “Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo”?
I just love The Princess Diaries. Princess In The Spotlight was so fun to read, and we see Mia with her very first boyfriend!
Mia, of course, isn’t into Kenny, because she likes Michael. Michael likes her too, so in the end, they end up together! It really is cute, and I’m sure all sorts of things will get in their way. It wouldn’t be Mia’s life if things didn’t get in the way. And after seeing how much she really likes him, it’s nice to see he feels the same way about her.
I still love that things aren’t perfect for Mia, and that she’s still struggling with algebra and has boy problems. Mia’s definitely growing as a character, which you see when she stands up to Lana. Mia has her awkward moments, and she really is easy to relate to. She’s such a great character, and she’s just so funny. And Lilly is just as outrageous as you’d expect, including planning a protest because she didn’t get to write about the topic she wanted to for English. I just like that the characters are consistent, but still grow.
Final Thoughts: Princess In Love is a great continuation of the Princess Diaries. Mia’s story is so fun to read, and it’s so real. I didn’t love it, but it’s still a great read. It gets a 4 out of 5.