Published September 2002|Published by HarperCollins Publishers|256 pages
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Goodreads.com Summary: Never before has the world seen such a Princess.
Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. But Genovian politics are nothing next to Mia’s real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long-sought-after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmere, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn’t there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?
The tales of Princess Mia continue with Princess In Waiting. I really love Mia and how she deals with being a princess.
We see her in Genovia, worrying about the infrastructure of Genovia. We also see her attend a lot of different functions and count down the days until she can see Michael. I loved seeing her worry about whether Michael was going to break up with her because she needed to cancel their first date. Michael, of course, is completely amazing, and doesn’t break up with her.
I love the references throughout the book. The references do date the series a little, but at the same time, it’s totally cool, because it’s like a trip down memory lane! So…there’s a point where Lilly calls Mia in Genovia and tells her that there was a movie about her life and how it makes Lilly look like an unsupportive, raving lunatic. I wonder if it’s a reference to the movie adaptation, which I couldn’t get out of my head every single time Lilly brought up the movie.
I love that Mia’s insecure. It makes her really easy to relate to, and I love that she’s not perfect. I love that she spends part of the book thinking she isn’t good at anything, and is then surprised when Michael points out that he thinks she’s a good writer. Mia really is a great character, and she always makes me laugh.
I didn’t love Princess In Waiting, but it is such a fun series to read. I don’t know much more I can gush about Mia and how much I love her, but I’m sure I can manage to gush about her for the remainder of the series.
Final thoughts: Princess In Waiting is another fun addition to the Princess Diaries, and I like that it’s happening in a short amount of time- Meg Cabot really zeroes in on a specific time frame for each novel, and I like that, because it doesn’t feel drawn out. It gets a 4 out of 5.