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A poor effort
on 5 May 2013
I quite enjoyed the first of the series of the Princess Diaries. Meg Cabot brings a fresh perspective to the usual, run of the mill teen romances and it is great that Mia and her friends are not vapid, cheerleader types. I read the first book to make sure it was suitable for my daughter, by the way, not because it's the sort of thing I usually pick up. I had to vet this volume for a reader at school (I am the school librarian). We are only a primary school so we tend not to recommend things with too much sexual knowingness in them. This didn't make the grade for our shelves, although only because of passing references to breasts and menstruation rather than full on sexual intercourse.
I was expecting to quite enjoy reading this, but I feel that the book really didn't have much to say, and it smacks of Cabot stretching the franchise as far as she can take it (and I understand that there are several more in this series after this, the fourth volume). What happens in this book could be summarised in a paragraph and stretched to a chapter if you were really pushing it. An entire volume dedicated to whinging about whether your boyfriend really loves you or not is just too tedious for words, and the book is not cute or funny enough to sustain the appeal.