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*****= An all-time favorite
***Princess in Love
The Princess Diaries, Volume III
by Meg Cabot
Reviewed June 1, 2002.
HarperCollins Publishers, 2002. 229 pages. Available at Sembach Library (JF CAB).
I confess, these books are a lot of fun. I’m afraid this one kept me a bit long on my lunch hour.
First, I want to warn you that unlike the movie, the books are not rated “G.” This one is fairly tame, but Princess Mia does seem a little overly obsessed with whether and how to French kiss. Mothers, you might not want your 4th or 5th grade daughters thinking about this just yet.
Despite the fact that she slams my favorite book, Anne of Green Gables, I just can’t help liking Princess Mia Thermopolis. I’ve decided that it is the characters in these books that make them so much fun. Start with a princess who can be bribed with donations to Greenpeace and who believes that cutting down Christmas trees contributes to the breakdown of the ozone layer. Give her a Best Friend who has her own cable TV show and psychologist parents and another Friend who is a romance novel addict. Make her Mom be an artist who every year at Christmas paints pieces of tin with the likenesses of celebrities who have died that year, rather than using regular ornaments. Marry the Mom to the Princess’s Algebra Teacher. Now give the Princess a Boyfriend, but have her be in love with her Best Friend’s Brother.
Meg Cabot is an author who knows how to have fun with a
story. She writes beautifully as a self-absorbed adolescent, and
yet keeps us laughing and interested. This one goes back to the
of no one being in love with quite the right person. Great fun.
Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.