A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Royal Wedding is the 11th book in Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series and the first one written for grown-ups. Like the others in the series, Royal Wedding is narrated as a diary by Princess Mia, heir to the Genovian throne, and provides the backstory for a new middle-grade series about Mia's half-sister, Olivia. Though the tone remains as light and fun as the earlier books, the content is no longer G-rated. Mia and her fiancé, Michael, role-play sex games and send sexually suggestive texts, and the tabloids make a mockery of Mia’s supposed sexual exploits. Still, the feel-good attitude remains as friendship and love triumph again.
What's the story?
Mia may be older, but she’s still grappling with the downside of fame, which includes negative tabloid press, a stalker, and a wedding completely out of her control. Yet deep down she’s still the same Mia who found out as a teen that she's actually a princess and heir to a European throne, and she's careful not to grumble too much about her gilded cage. She uses her fame and fortune to do good works in the world, and she holds dear the friends who knew her and loved her before she became royalty. Fans who grew up with Mia will love reading about her adult escapades.
Is it any good?
Fans of the Princess Diaries series will be thrilled by the grown-up version that catches up with Mia and her lifelong friends five years after the events of the last Princess Diaries book. Mia's insecurities still plague her, and much of the fun of the book comes from her incessantly checking websites such as Rate the Royals, which compares her -- usually unfavorably -- to that real royal, Kate Middleton. Add to the backdrop Mia's tough Grandmere secretly working Mia's love life to her advantage in the press, a soap opera-worthy story of a long-lost half-sister, and Mia’s mixed-up father, and you have all the makings of another great Princess Diaries book.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can tak about the downside of being famous. Mia may be a princess, but what's it like to live in a world without privacy?
How does Mia's adult self compare with the younger version seen in previous installments? Do you like her any more or less?
Have you ever had something posted online about you that made you upset? How did you handle it?
- Author: Meg Cabot
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: William Morrow
- Publication date: July 2, 2015
- Number of pages: 448
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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