Series: Princess Diaries #11
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia on June 4, 2015
Genres: Chick Lit, Fiction
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From Meg Cabot, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first new adult instalment, featuring the now grown-up Princess Mia!
Royal Wedding follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding - but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.
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?
Royal Wedding is the first adult installment of the Princess Diaries series, which is a dream come true for fans. With a 6 year break in between, I’m pretty impressed that Meg Cabot resurrected her characters without missing a beat. I haven’t read the bulk of the series, but I jumped right back into the world of Genovia, where Mia, Michael, Lily and the rest of the cast are all grown up and facing the challenges of the modern day world.
The writing is crisp, funny and refreshing, just like the rest of the series. 26 year old Mia is as funny and charming as teen Mia. Despite her royalty and celebrity status, dealing with endless paparazzi, bodyguards and social media stalkers, Mia shares her thoughts on topics that are immediately relatable to women. Feminism, marriage, balancing your career with family, divorced parents, best friends and her sex life are all topics in Mia’s diary, told in a candid way. As a heavy reader of YA, it was refreshing to hear Mia’s perspective on issues that affect me today.
You would think that in the enlightened era in which we live, a single girl could have a boyfriend and a career and also a healthy sex life without getting called names.
The charm of Royal Wedding lies in Mia’s quirkiness and the cast, with the iron willed Grandmere, the caring and charming Michael, her bodyguard Lars who pipes in at inappropriate times and her struggling dad. She kind of lives in the moment and reacts without thinking of the consequences, which was funny as making a mistake could result in a media storm and *gasp* a decrease in her Rate the Royals rating. I loved all of the pop culture references as well.
Mia’s wittiness was pretty much what carried Royal Wedding. Because we’re reading from her diary, we’re not really experiencing first hand when some of these events happen. This made the book feel lengthy, at over 400 pages, not much seems to happen aside from the fun and quirky exchanges that Mia has with her friends and family. Aside from a few major life events, I felt like I was waiting around for something to happen.
Being famous is very hard work, but it’s also empowering, because you have influence over a large number of people and can do amazing things with that power. And it doesn’t even matter anymore how you happen to come by that fame, singing or dancing or posting a sex tape on the Internet or finding out that you’re a princess. It’s what you do with your fame that matters.
Royal Wedding is a candid, hilarious and entertaining resurrection of the Princess Diaries. Through Princess Mia’s account of everyday life as a modern day woman, she shows us that even adults haven’t gotten it together, that life is an ongoing journey. It’s fun, fresh and absolutely charming, containing the wit and the charm of our beloved characters from the original series.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a review copy!