Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Olivia Grace Clarisse Harrison has always known she was different. Brought up by her aunt's family in New Jersey, book-and-music-loving Olivia feels out of place in their life of high fashion and fancy cars. But she never could have imagined how out of place she really was until Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia, pops into her school and announces that Olivia is her long-lost sister. Olivia is a princess. A dream come true, right? But princesses have problems too.
In FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS a new middle grade series, readers will see Genovia, this time through the illustrated diaries of a spunky new heroine, 12 year old Olivia Grace, who happens to be the long lost half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis.(courtesy of Goodreads)
This is such a cute book. This middle grade read is a great way to introduce the world of the Princess Diaries to a new generation. It feels fresh and fun.
I loved the Princess Diaries books. I read about half the series and then got sick of it. As much as I liked Mia and her awkwardness, said awkwardness did become annoying after awhile. I actually like Olivia more than Mia. She is more self-possessed and confident than her older half-sister. Perhaps that's because she's younger and hasn't yet hit the awkward teen years yet, but I think she will handle those with aplomb. A difference I see between Olivia and Mia is that Olivia has had a difficult life - with her mother dying and her aunt & uncle treating her like a second class child - yet Olivia just goes along with things. Mia had an easy and happy childhood, but thought her problems were 1000 times worse than they actually were.
If you've read The Royal Wedding, Meg Cabot's new book told from the perspective of adult Mia, the plot of this book will feel very familiar. It's all about Olivia discovering that she is a Princess and has a half-sister she never knew about. Plus her awful aunt & uncle. It's detailed in both books. I had no problem with that. In fact, it was a bonus. I got to see the same story from two different perspectives
This is a simple book and a familiar story to anyone familiar with The Princess Diaries. But I loved it all the same. I'm happy to stay in the world with a less annoying character than Mia (although I love her too).
Recommendation: A must read for any Princess Diaries fan.
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