Review: Princess in the Middle (The Princess Diaries #3) by Meg Cabot


Princess in the Middle
Series: The Princess Diaries #3
Author: Meg Cabot
Published July 2nd 2015 by Macmillan Children's Books

Goodreads Synopsis
Mia Thermopolis has got everything a girl could possibly want. She's a princess - and she's got a boyfriend! But that's where it all goes wrong. Because Kenny is just NOT the guy she really wants. Michael's the one she's loved forever - but he's going out with someone infinitely cleverer than Mia. Someone who can clone FRUIT FLIES, for heaven's sake! Will the story end happily ever after for the Princess of Genovia?

I started Princess in the Middle immediately after finishing A Royal Disaster, and it was the best decision I've made in a while. It starts about a month or so after the events of A Royal Disaster, and Mia is struggling with the realisation that she'll be going to Genovia within the next month and formally announcing herself as heir to throne. As such, she's having even more princess lessons, and is being fitted with formal gowns to wear on her jam-packed tour of Genovia.

She's also in a relationship for the first time ever, and the problem is, it's with the wrong guy. After Kenny announced in A Royal Disaster that her was her secret admirer, Mia has been dated him, but the feelings just aren't there. She can't stop thinking about the boy she actually likes, Lilly's brother, Michael, and is unbeliably jealous when he starts going out with a genius who cloned fruit flies in her bedroom. Mia is dealing with having a pregnant mother, a new stepfather, studying for finals, figuring out how to break up with Kenny, trying to stop thinking about Michael, and becoming the best princess she can be.

With everyone of these book, the story just gets better and better. Mia is dealing with more than any normal 14 year old could be expected to handle, and, in my opinion, she's doing a bang up job. She's trying to please as many people as she can, especially Grandmere, and her familial bonds were even stronger here. Considering Mia wasn't that close to her Genovian family at the start of this series, she is sharing a lot with them now. Once her feelings for Michael become too much, she asks her father, her Grandmere, even her cousin Sabstiano (who she thinks is plotting her assassination) for advice, and they come through. She becomes a lot closer to her friends too, especially Tina, who helps her send anonymous love letters to Michael, just to let him know there's someone else who likes him.

The romance is just hotting up now. Mia finally has a boyfriend, and though it's not the guy she wants, she still sort of likes him. The only problem is he likes her far too much. Mia is trying her hardest to like him, but thinking about Michael is getting in the way, and there seems to be no way to stop that. The love letters she sent were really cheesy, and I couldn't stop grinning over how much of a sap she was being. Not to give too much away, but the end of this book was everything you could have wanted. I seriously don't think I'll be able to wait for the new editions to be published before reading more, so I'm going to order books 4-10 out of the library ASAP - hopefully they'll come in soon.

Again, this is a series that just gets better and better. I read it originally about 10 years ago, and have loved re-reading them all. If you haven't read them yet, what have you been doing? Get started right away, you won't be disappointed!

Dates Read:
August 4, 2015

5 Stars  

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