Book Review: The Princess Diaries 3-6

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Wow. It’s been a LONG time! I’m so sorry about that. But I’m back now, and I have tons of reviews for you! Since my last review I have read books 3-6 of The Princess Diaries, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and The Shack. To save some time, I’ve decided to review the Princess Diaries books together, so here we go!

Book Number: 7-10 (Summer “Beach Reads” Challenge: 6-9)
Pages: Not sure, but lots
By: Meg Cabot
Summary: The continuing saga of Mia Thermopolis, normal teenage girl turned princess.

Review: I don’t quite know where to start, and a lot of that comes from not knowing what I really think about these books. They’re not awful. In fact, they’re not even bad. But I didn’t find them that good either. For me they became place holders: something to read while I was traveling and couldn’t get anything else.

I think my main complaint here, is that the series is just too long. The first book held my interest pretty well. After all, we’re just learning with Mia that she is a princess and we can laugh with her as she makes mistakes. The second book was less interesting – the whole princess thing was old news so she had to try harder to keep our attention, but still amusing. Mia still messed up her etiquette and had extremely funny moments because she didn’t know what she was doing. By the time we hit the third book, though, it’s starting to get a little old. Mia has learned enough that she’s not making mistakes (except on purpose, if she disagrees with Grandmere on something) and the problems seem a bit forced. Instead of being about telling the story, the later books seem to have become more about making money on an established franchise.

That said, it would be unfair to say it was completely awful. I think it is still well written. Meg Cabot seems to have a way with getting into the head of a teenage girl and getting exactly the right tone. There was still the occasional funny moment – I loved the mentions of the film, and what the characters thought about having a film made about their lives. But I’m not going to run out and get the next one immediately. I’m vaguely curious how she ends it, but not enough to pursue it. Maybe someday when I’m in the mood for a really fluffy fun book, I’ll pick it up.

So, that’s Princess Diaries done, look for my review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime soon!

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