Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Forever Princess- REVIEW

Erika's Review of Forever Princess by Meg Cabot

Forever Princess was a phenomenal way to end an incredible series. I’ll begin with something personal: I for one have grown up with Mia. I started reading them in 5th or 6th grade and now in 11th the series is complete. I probably would be sad if it didn’t end so well, but it did. Meg Cabot has been one of my favorite authors for years and I honestly can’t help it, but eat her books up and upon finishing have a hangover only her endings can bring.

Back to the review… Forever Princess is the tenth (full book, not counting halves and three-quarters) and final book in the Princess Diaries series. Most have probably heard of these books, or at least the Disney version, but here’s a short summary. As a ninth grader, Mia found out her father was the prince of Genovia, making her a princess. The books are her journals writing about her everyday life. Everything from guys to the princess lessons she’s forced to take from her grandmere who pencils in her eyebrows to her trouble it algebra and all the random thoughts in between. The final book is about the end of her senior year of high school. It takes place approximately two years after the ninth book, a time when Mia was locked away in her room writing her senior project. Michael just came back from living in Japan making a robotic arm to be used in surgeries and then there’s also J.P. who Mia’s been seeing for two years now. The book covers this love conflict, Mia’s 18th birthday, her final finals, prom, and more.

After 10 books, if you’d think the books would get tiring, they don’t; most certainly not. Overall, it was a brilliant way to end the series. Thinking back on it you can see how much Mia has changed over the course of her high school experience. The difference between ninth and twelfth grade are extraordinary and Cabot captured the high school years perfectly. For example, a girl who in ninth grade begged to go to the prom now is the one realizing that it’s just a dance with bad food. If you’ve been a fan of Mia’s for a while, it will not disappoint and if you haven’t, pick them up. Teenage girls can definitely relate to everything Mia goes through; no matter if they haven’t found out that they are a princess of a small European country. Which is just the thing, Mia is an average girl everyone can relate to, and the princess thing is just on the side; she’s so much more than that. After the ten books, the end is completely perfect and just what it needed to be. Though sad that this girl who we’ve known for four years of her life and possibly longer of ours doesn’t have another book coming out soon, the end will leave you smiling and overjoyed.

Forever Princess will definitely keep the readers happy, at least for a few years until Meg Cabot can visit Mia again later on in Mia’s life, which she’s been mentioning. I think I can wait till then, but maybe not much longer than that.


Anonymous said...

does she end up with michael?

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