Saturday, October 22, 2011

This Book Room: Princess Diaries Edition, Part 2

The books below include regular Princess Diaries books as well as some companion books. I'm reading the books in a chronological order and usually, this means the order in which Meg Cabot wrote and published them.

You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here and the third book here. You can read Part 1 of This Book Room: Princess Diaries here.

Each book is like a little gift, just waiting to be opened. Mia is such a typical teenager - she's paranoid, she's full of angst, and of course, there is a boy. I really feel these books should be read by a teenager (not only for emphasis on the fact that some of the content is a bit mature), but also because I wish I would've read these books when I was a teenager - I think I would've realized I'm not the only one who feels certain things (like, at times, craziness). Enjoy the summaries below!

Student body president, that is—nominated by her power-mad best friend, Lilly. This is not how Mia imagined kicking off her sophomore year, but as usual, she has bigger problems to worry about, like Geometry. And now that Mia's one true love, Michael, is uptown at college, what's the point of even getting up for school in the morning? But the last straw is what Lana whispers to her on the lunch line about what college boys expect of their girlfriends. . . . Really, it's almost more than a princess in training can bear!

Mia would give all the jewels in Genovia for the perfect present. Every year, Princess Mia spends the holidays in Genovia with Grandmère. This year, she's looking forward to the most perfect Christmas ever: her boyfriend, Michael, and her best friend, Lilly, are coming to Genovia, too. But even a princess's plans can go awry. Lilly has a lot to learn about palace protocol, and with all the state holiday functions Mia must attend, there's no time to linger under the mistletoe with Michael. Worst of all, Mia hasn't been able to find him the perfect gift. Can Mia stop her (bah-hum) bugging long enough to see that the perfect present has nothing to do with international express courier -- and everything to do with real love? (Though some shiny silver ribbon never hurts ...)

Every royal's must-have guide to the holidays. A princess always knows how to celebrate the holidays. There's Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Chinese New Year, Saturnalia . . . to name just a few. Then there's gift giving, the royal Genovian Fabergé Advent calendar, hot chocolate with marshmallows—oh, and all those fabulous holiday movies. How will you celebrate this holiday season? Mia and her subjects have a few ideas.

Sixteen is the magic number. Mia doesn't always have the best luck with parties, so even though it's her sweet sixteenth, she doesn't want a birthday bash. As usual, Grandmère has other ideas, and thinks a reality TV special is just the thing in order to celebrate royally. The whole scheme smacks of Lilly's doing -- Lilly, whose own TV show is still only limited to local cable viewers. Will Mia be able to stop Grandmère's plan? Will her friends ever forgive her if she does stop it, since it involves all of them taking the royal jet to Genovia for an extravaganza the likes of which would turn even Paris Hilton green with envy? Why can't Mia get what she really wants: an evening alone with Michael? With a little luck, this sweet sixteen princess might just get her wish -- a birthday that's royally romantic.

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