I am very much looking forward to the breakfast next month when all of us get to meet Meg Cabot and squeal about how great she is. My original plan was to be the voice of reason helping to control Amber, Lindsay, Jill, and Steph and not allow them to put themselves in a position where they might get arrested. Well, I think that someone else (Abby, are you up for it?) is going to have to take that job, because I am going to be pushing everyone else out of the way trying to get her attention first.
I had read three Meg Cabot books in my life prior to starting the Princess Diaries series. I loved All-American Girl and Ready or Not, so I was excited to meet her. But I knew that I should probably try to make my way through her most famous series of books before getting spoiled on what happens while everyone is freaking out during the breakfast. I thought I would read the first couple and see how they were and then I would decide if I should read them all………
I started reading the first one last Thursday. I proceeded to read through the end of the fourth one by Sunday. Tuesday I read the fifth book…….and then I finished off the rest of the series in the last 48 hours……..I am still glowing with happiness after finishing the last book. I want to dance around outside in the snow, except it is late and dark and I live in a scary neighborhood.
I really loved these books. Granted, Mia could be whiny and totally clueless, but looking at how she dealt with some of her situations, I have behaved very similarly so I can totally relate (although sadly, I was still whiny and immature and acting like Mia well into my 20s, which is just depressing). The books were really hilarious and I loved how so many things kept popping up in book after book. Here are some of my thoughts on my reading experiences in the last eleven days:
Favorite Book: Obviously Forever Princess, no competition. It was hilariously wonderful and totally wrapped up the series brilliantly. I almost pulled a Lindsay and jumped up and down for the last 100 pages, but I am kind of lazy, so I settled for letting out intermitant shrieks of “EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPP” every now and again. I don’t think my upstairs neighbors liked it, but I have to listen to their stupid dog all the time so I don’t care. Plus it includes possibly the best line from any book ever: “Lana says J.P. makes Matt Damon from the Bourne movies look like Oliver from Hannah Montana.”
Second Favorite Book: Princess in Love was when I really fell in love with the books. I liked the first and the second one, but the end of the third one made me all giddy and happy the way only Twilight and Harry Potter can do. That’s when I knew I was hooked and had to make it to the end so I could feel the unabashed happiness that Jill, Amber, and Lindsay had talked about.
Least Favorite Book: I would have to say Princess Mia was my least favorite book. It was sad that Michael wasn’t in it at all hardly, Lilly was so mean and Mia was so depressed. It was like New Moon but without the distraction of Jacob (because I totally knew *Spoiler Alert* that there was something fishy about J.P. from the beginning).
Favorite Character: Duh, Michael…..obviously. At first I liked the Michael from the movie better, because when I started the first book I was like, what?? who is this guy who walks around with his shirt off all the time, that’s not Michael??? But then there was the moment (and I can’t remember exactly when it was) but I think it had something to do with Josh Richtor when Michael and Lars exchanged a significant look or something and I was totally won over by book Michael. He was all protective about Mia’s feelings (but not in a creepy Edward Cullen way).
So anyway, it is getting kind of late and I should probably go to bed so I can get up early and see who wins the Printz, Caldecott, Newbery, etc. like the good librarian that I am. Or maybe instead of going to bed, I can search eBay to see if anyone is selling the complete Princess Diaries Collection…..hmmmm….. must go check.
P.S. Lindsay, I know I said I would call you when I finished the last book, but it is really late and you probably have to work tomorrow, but I will call you soon.