Review: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Royal Wedding by Meg CabotRoyal Wedding by Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #10
Published by William Morrow on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 435
Format: Paperback
Source: TLC Book Tours
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four-half-stars

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

Awwwwww. I’m always so afraid when authors come back to a series after a years-long break. To be perfectly honest, I was afraid this book might feel like milking a long-dead cash cow, especially since Cabot’s going back to other series too. Thankfully, it doesn’t at all feel like that. Mia is as Mia as ever, though she’s a grown up too. Sort of. As much as I am anyway. Royal Wedding is fun and fluffy and also total Mia/Michael fan service which we totally deserve.

It’s really nice to see Mia as a functioning adult. I mean, she’s still a bit neurotic, and she always will be. In fact, she’s journaling for the first time in years because her new therapist has recommended it for her mental health. However, Mia’s also a lot more relaxed than she was as a teen, despite the fact that she’s dealing with stuff that’s way more difficult. Maybe because of all the sex she and Michael have. Maybe that’s just adulthood.

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Mia’s 28 for most of Royal Wedding, which means that I really have grown up with her. I read my first Princess Diaries book probably around eighth or ninth grade, when I would have been slightly younger than Mia, and, though I dropped out when she and I were both sixteen, I’m back with her now. It’s kind of funny how, if this book had existed when I was a teen, I probably would have thought the voice of Mia as an adult was inauthentic. Surely adults act like they do in all the adult fiction I read, right? Now that I’m an adult (I am, right?), I love the fact that Royal Wedding really captures the parts of adulthood that feel like adulthood but also all the ways that you and your friends really still kind of feel like teenagers.

I always thought when I became an adult everything would become less confusing, but unfortunately, everything’s only become more confusing.

Obviously my favorite parts were Michael and Mia. At the start, there wasn’t nearly as much Michael and Mia action as I’d hoped, but then, finally, they go off for their proposal which is slightly surprising for Mia but not for anyone else ever. I mean, hello, we know there’s going to be a wedding, so let’s get this train moving out of the station.

Though there’s no on-page sex, sadly but probably wisely given the number of kids who might end up reading this book, it’s still a really satisfying read ship-wise. There were some great shippy moments in Forever Princess, but there wasn’t enough time with Michael and Mia as a couple. In Royal Wedding, we get to indulge in the perfection that is Michael and Mia. His emojis, for example, are just the best. Also their sex games. And Michael joking about the tabloids commentary on his sexual prowess. I’m pretty sure I literally squeed during most of their conversations.

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Looking back on it, I guess I’m sort of grateful for the plot that I didn’t like so much: Olivia. Mia’s secret sister, not so secret since there’s a book about her, feels a lot like when Gilmore Girls decided to give Luke a child. I just don’t like her addition to things at all, and I don’t really feel like she fits in here organically. However, what Olivia does do is add drama, meaning that Cabot didn’t need to introduce any barriers between Michael and Mia. Though honestly I would not have cared one bit if there was no plot at all, but whatever.

The whole gang is present and accounted for in Royal Wedding. They’re all like Mia: totally themselves with a new veneer of adulthood. I was really surprised by how much I liked Lilly in Royal Wedding. She’s still very Lilly, but she’s also somewhat settled in that she’s training to become a lawyer which super suits her. Also, Team Lars. Tina’s convincing as a doctor, but still freaks out over ships. Grudgingly, Team Boris. Then there’s J.P. I was howling at his dystopian romance novel, and, honestly, I would probably be annoyed normally at his treatment in this book but he’s really just the worst. I’ve also really come to adore Grandmère over the years. She creeped me out when I was a teen but now I find her hilarious.

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Book Clarisse would totally have meant something dirty.

Even if, like me, you’d gotten tired of The Princess Diaries, it is TOTALLY WORTH IT to finish. At least if you’re a Michael/Mia shipper, and if you’re not I really don’t know what to do with you.

Favorite Quote:

From a text message conversation

Mia: “No, we think about it—and food—all the time, too, but more in a narrative context where the girl ends up being trapped in a secret room full of cake with a bed in the middle of it and then you come in dressed in full armor and go ‘Put down that cake and prithee get naked.'”

Michael: “Noted, though I’m not sure how the sex works with the armor.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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5 responses to “Review: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot”

  1. Of course I want to read this because I was such a fan of the books when I was younger. But I’m a little concerned that I won’t like it because even though the subject matter has matured, if the language she uses hasn’t matured as well I might be judgey and resentful. Has it?
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Hmmmm, well, it’s still written with the idea of 12 year olds reading it in mind. However, there’s a lot of [redacted] swearing. I don’t know. It worked for me. Mia does have to watch what she says because she’s a princess and constantly watched by the paparazzi. But there’s a lot of discussion of her sexy role playing games with Michael, so they’re not 14 anymore.

  2. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed coming back to the series after so long! It is so fun to grow up with a character like this.

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    • Christina Franke says:

      It really is! I think it’s a bit of a shame that those many year sagas from middle grade age to adulthood aren’t in anymore. What do current kids/teens do without Princess Diaries, Harry Potter, Jessica Darling and the like?

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