by Meg Cabot
After yesterday’s salute to the Princess Diaries series, and their impact on my formative years, I want to dive into Royal Wedding, the new adult installment of the series. Royal Wedding brings up back to Mia, now a twenty something. She has graduated college, started a nonprofit, and is dealing with a lot of Genevan politics on top of everything. Michael owns a prominent health and robotics company, and designs some emojis to send to Mia on the side. Lily is studying contract law. Violinist and professional mouth-breeder Boris is now an international pop sensation. J.P. is still being a world class creep.
This novel was fun from start to finish. It was interesting to see the way pop culture, technology, and society have changed since the first books. I didn’t consider the shift that drastic, but we are definitely in a different world now. Mia spends some nights trapped int he consulate because the press presence is too much. She finds a royalty blogger trying to bug the women’s bathroom at her not for profit.
Still, despite their crazy lives, Michael manages to whisk Mia away for her birthday weekend, where he proposes. Unfortunately, things only become more complicated from there. Their wedding is now a matter of state. Alas, they will not get to serve mini grilled cheese at their reception.
Cabot takes us in for a wild ride here. And while the novel is titled Royal Wedding, the wedding is just an additional complication. There are plenty of other plot twists and turns here to keep a reader going. It was good fun to see what characters have done with their lives. And every development for characters made sense. I may have missed years of their lives, but I totally got where they were. Yet, Mia’s voice still feels like her, and relatable. There were times when I wanted to be able to tell her to take it down a notch, but that has alway been part of her charm.
This novel contains Cabot’s signature humor and light tone. It’s a perfect summer read. If you were ever a fan of the Princess Diaries, this book is worthy of your time. I was sure glad to have Mia back to join me for a new stage of my own life.