It’s confession time: I adore Meg Cabot. I have read all her books, and without exception find myself laughing out loud and falling in love.
She’s part of the reason why I got into writing.
So seeing Princess Mia again, after all this time? It’s like going back to my childhood.
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. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.
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?
What Intrigued Me: She’s baaaaaaack!
I love Mia. I love her voice. She’s so clever and funny and glib and makes so many nerd jokes (all the nerd jokes!).
But even more so, she’s a girl after my own heart. She’s a princess who would much rather spend all day in bed in sweats watching a NCIS marathon. She tends to stress, is a hypochondriac, and has an overactive imagination.
She is the relatable princess. And who wouldn’t want to hang out with her?
What Hooked Me: I grew up with Mia Thermoplis (and Michael Moscowitz, but mostly Mia, let’s face it). When the books started, she was fourteen and super awkward. Now she’s twenty-six and super awkward.
Oh, and now she makes blow job jokes.
*cackles uproariously and scampers away*
What Made Me Fall In Love: Nostalgia is a very powerful thing. And I am an addict. So returning to my childhood faves—getting the chance to feel like a teenager again, even for 448 pages—is irresistible.
Which is why Royal Wedding is so perfect. I’m revisiting my teen home girl, but now she’s an adult like me. It’s like catching up with old friends.
Let’s face it, hanging out with fictional friends is way better than my high school reunion will probably be.