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Friday, January 9, 2009

Forever Princess: Princess Diaries X by Meg Cabot

What's a Princess to do?
It's Mia's senior year, and things seem great. She aced her senior project, got accepted to her dream college(s), and has her birthday gala coming up . . . not to mention prom, graduation, and Genovia's first-ever elections.
What's not to love about her life? Well . . .
Her senior project? It's a romance novel she secretly wrote, and no one wants to publish it.
Prince Phillipe's campaign in the Genovian elections isn't going well, thanks to her totally loathsome cousin René, who decided to run against him.
Her boyfriend, J.P., is so sweet and seemingly perfect. But is he the one?
And her first love, Michael, is back from Japan . . . and back in her life.
With Genovia's and her own future hanging in the balance, Mia's got some decisions to make: Which college? Which guy? How can she choose? Especially when what she decides might determine not just the next four years, but . . . forever!

What i thought: Forever Princess, the final book (and longest, with 400 pages) in the Princess Diaries series, is full of the same smart, independent, and fiercely passionate princess we've all known and loved, but with a bit more maturity and wisdom that has been a long time in coming. The fairy tale elements of the series that have sucked countless girls in are ever present in Forever Princess--the ball gowns and parties, hi-tech gadgets and name dropping to name a few. 

Throughout it all, Mia is kept down to earth by her flaws and outbursts and true-to-life emotions that readers can identify with. One of the main conflicts of the story is Mia's love life, and readers will root for her as she discovers what it means to truly be in a healthy and happy relationship, and fights for what she wants. 

Themes of courage, independence, and standing up for yourself are also evident, and Cabot presents them in a convincing style as Mia struggles with the decisions she must make, and her journey through high school and all of her experiences culminate, giving us a Mia who is strong and sure of herself. With a satisfying, optimistic, romantic, and slightly cheesy conclusion fit for a princess, Cabot ensures that Mia goes out with a bang.

This book was laugh-out-loud funny, just like the others in this bestselling series. Cabot creates a teenage girl that EVERYONE can relate to, and whose problems are hilarious. I loved reading Mia's diary, and thought that it was enjoyable, reading her words, and hearing them very clearly in your mind, almost as if she was whispering into your ear

I felt some parts were ridiculous though, as it was completely obvious that she was in love with Michael, and that it was NOT MHC. It bothered me that i could easily figure something out that the character in the book could not, even when it was HER life.

Despite this, Meg Cabot did an AMAZING job with this series, and this book will NOT disappoint you. it is so utterly shocking, yet hilarious.

If you have not yet read the other nine books in this series, i would run to Borders and get them RIGHT NOW. These books are very entertaining, and a fabulous read.

Grade: A

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