Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like the overarching storyline this time was nearly as endearing as it could have been. The whole books shows Mia either obsessing about the prom, which she won’t even tell her boyfriend she wants to attend, or nonchalantly allowing her grandmother to take absolutely no responsibility for the massive restaurant/hotel/porters union strike she caused.
It might have just been the audiobook, but Mia seemed extra whiney this time. I’m hoping it was just the audiobook, because I haven’t noticed that much before. Anne Hathaway only recorded the first two books, so now we’re listening to someone else, who just makes things sound a lot different.
Tangent: Mia’s best friend is the worst kind of person. She breaks up with her boyfriend by making out with someone else in front of him, then cries when he decides to go out with someone else. The absolute worst.
But maybe things will start looking up now that Mia is officially 15. Her birthday just happened in this book, plus her baby brother was born. I’ve peeked at the next book, “Princess in Training,” and it looks like it starts at the beginning of Mia’s sophomore year, which means we missed her summer in Genovia and sending Michael off to college.
I thought I could contain myself, but I have to let it out. There’s no way Michael would hang around Mia for long with the way she’s been acting in this book. It seems like he is cool, calm dude who knows pretty well what he wants, but he lets this freshman girl hang on him even though she pouts because he doesn’t know things that she hasn’t told him. Then she whines about it to her friends, including his sister. No guy who is about to go off to college is going to put up with that. I kinda wish Meg Cabot would have written him as a junior to begin with, because now Michael is off to the real world but he has this somewhat young relationship back in his high school. At least if he started as a junior they would have had more time to connect and build a strong relationship before he left. Plus the maturity levels would have been more well matched. Plus we wouldn’t have a 17-year-old dating a 14-year-old.