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****Princess in Waiting

The Princess Diaries, Volume IV

by Meg Cabot

Reviewed April 21, 2003.
HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2003.  225 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF CAB).
A Sonderbooks’ Stand-out of 2003:  #5, Young Adult Contemporary Novels

I enjoyed this fourth Princess Diaries book more than any of the others.  Perhaps Mia’s insecurities are more universal feelings than the topics covered in the other books, so you don't have to be a teen to enjoy it fully.

Princess Mia Thermopolis is in her country of Genovia at the start of Princess in Waiting.  Always campaigning for social causes, when introduced to her people, Mia puts in a plug for parking meters in the Genovian capital.  This starts a national controversy, much to her Grandmere’s disgust.

Alas!  Mia’s new and deeply loved boyfriend is still in America, and the time change makes it difficult to contact him.  Naturally, the time apart fuels all her anxieties.  Perhaps he only meant that he loves her as a friend.  Perhaps he will find someone better, someone more gifted and talented.

Mia’s anxieties and neuroses are hilarious and endearing.  If you need a smile, this book will do the trick.

Reviews of other books by Meg Cabot:
Princess in the Spotlight (Volume II)
Princess in Love (Volume III)
Princess in Pink (Volume V)
Princess Lessons
All-American Girl

For adults:
The Boy Next Door
Size 12 Is Not Fat
Every Boy's Got One

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