Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Series: The Princess Diaries #11 
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Format: Paperback

Page Count: 435


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well? (taken from

When some girls have a bad day, they put on their fuzzy socks and curl up with a pint of Ben and Jerry's Half-Baked. When I have a bad day, I put on my fuzzy socks, curl up with a pint of Ben and Jerry's Half-Baked, and grab the nearest Meg Cabot novel. Everything about her writing comforts me, from her characters' hilarious antics to her humorous quips about tabloid gossip. I met her once when she was on tour, and I was thrilled to finally behold the woman who had brought me such joy. 

The Princess Diaries series is my favorite of all Cabot's works. Mia and her ridiculous diary entries made me laugh until my sides hurt, and I related to her teenage worries so much as I made my way through high school. I squealed with delight when I realized I would finally get to see Mia marry her high school sweetheart, Michael. I mean, my Pinterest wedding board has over 200 pins, and Say Yes to the Dress is a favorite indulgence of mine. How could I NOT be thrilled about this?!

Cabot has always had such a perfect way of integrating pop culture references into her novels. I tried to read this book during my lunch break at work, but I kept snickering (yes, really that's the only word to use) and my co-workers looked at me like I was crazy. Her writing style is just so thoroughly enjoyable. I would argue that it's impossible to be in a bad mood while reading a Princess Diaries book. 

Okay, I realize that this review has really just been a bunch of gushing and fan-girling, along with a healthy(?) dose of reminiscing. 

So here is my take on Royal Wedding specifically: 

This final installment in the eleven book series was not a disappointment by any means. I giggled at Cabot's wit and had such a fun time with Mia. The plot surprised me, and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you're a fan of the series, then check this one out immediately. If you haven't checked this series out at all, then I hope Grandmère smacks some sense into you with her $20,000 Birkin bag.