Mia Thermopolis is the princess of a charming little country in Europe called Genovia. She’s also a freshman living in New York City who is terrible at algebra.
In this third installment of The Princess Diaries series, Mia writes about the challenges and frustrations of being a normal teenager struggling through high school, trying not to be embarrassed too often, and hoping to someday get the perfect boy to like her. She also writes about being a princess-in-training, as her strong-willed grandmother tries to mold her into someone worthy to ascend the throne. This might be an easier task if Mia herself wasn’t so strong-willed and didn’t have plenty of ideas about what kind of princess she’s going to be.
I was prepared for a funny, ditzy, slightly shallow romance and I pretty much got what I expected. But I was also pleasantly surprised; Mia’s got a lot of attitude! She’s passionate about things and cares about people and thinks little of her recently acquired title. And despite many amusing candid remarks about her peers and parents, she’s a nice person. Her perpetual melodrama and insecurity did get to me after a while, and I was a bit annoyed that someone who claims that looks don’t matter kept talking about her own lack of a figure. But overall, this was a fun read about a high school girl who is finding her place in the world.
Rated: Moderate. Less than a dozen mild swears, two to three references to French kissing and two to three very veiled references to seeing male anatomy in movies.