“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 centre, 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?”
I am not going to lie. I am a HUUUUUGE chick-lit fan, and The Princess Diaries series literally is my childhood in old-fashioned, dusty attic aromatic paper form. So you can imagine my excitement when Meg Cabot, my absolute idol as a tween, announced earlier this year that there would (GET THIS) be a final installment to a series of books I thought had ended with my teenagehood. But no…
This beautiful masterpiece is the eleventh novel documenting the adventures of Princess Mia of Genovia who, without a doubt, is the funniest, most down-to-earth female protagonist I have come across in my many years of reading. Don’t even doubt me on this. She. Is. HILARIOUS. And Meg Cabot achieves the enormous feat of leaving me actually wishing I was half the person Princess Mia is. Oh, and that I could maybe share her bf because, let’s face it, Michael is THE most practical, gorgeous, intelligent, romantic guy EVER (I mean, his proposal is just… *words fail me*).
Reading this book was like coming home to an old friend.
I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed the characters and Cabot’s unique style of writing until I picked up a copy and starting reading. Seriously, this author has talent. No, ‘Royal Wedding’ is not the most literary, innovative novel on the shelf, but it’s special. It’s good old chick-lit, for heaven’s sake, and there’s something incredible about a book that can make you lose track of time, abandon all other ‘to-do’s’ on a very long list, and just keep reading until you finish the book in one perfect, giggly sitting. That’s the wonderful thing about Meg Cabot: she never fails to make me laugh. Seriously, if I’d had a laughometer whilst reading this, I would’ve broken it – that’s how much I laughed.
NOTE TO READER: do not read in public places for fear of looking slightly psychopathic. You have been warned.
All in all, if you have ever read any of The Princess Diaries novels and enjoyed them, you need to read this book. For completion, if nothing else. Seriously, READ IT. There’s something extremely satisfying about finding out what happens to Tina and Boris, JP (urgh. Just urgh) and Lily, even Lana.
And if you’ve never read any of these magical books, I have nothing else to say to you.
Just go. And read. Now.
In conclusion, ‘Royal Wedding’ for me was a definite:
“Despite all evidence to the contrary, Grandmère believes that Ron Weasley, not Voldemort, is the villain of the Harry Potter series.”
“Seriously, if my life were one of those romance novels with a love triangle, Lars and Michael would be the sexy paranormal alpha males, but the two of them would be in love with each other and just ignore me.”
“I’m completely demanding an autopsy on my grandmother’s brain when she’s dead so I can see what I’m in for as I age.”
“Did your brain skip out through your vagina along with the baby when you gave birth?”