Hi All! It’s Becky. I stayed up late last night finishing Meg Cabot’s newest book “Royal Crown” and I’m here to tell you all about it.
Title: Royal Crown
Author: Meg Cabot
Summary: Princess Olivia is adjusting to her new life in Genovia quite well. She has her family (even though her sister is being sued by a distant relative trying to steal the Genovian crown), her friends (if you can call the sometimes mean Lady Luisa a friend), and her boyfriend (or her sort of boyfriend who still hasn’t kissed her). Olivia just has to get through Mia’s coronation and her new babysitting venture with her visiting best friend, Nishi, then life in the palace will get back to normal.
Review: When I fisinshed reading “Royal Crown” I tried to figure out what I liked so much about the “From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess” series. I can admit that Cabot has a certain style to her writing that makes it super assessable to young readers. The formatting and the cute illusions are perfect for that 3rd-5th grade reader who is required to read a chapter book for a school report but who very proudly declares “I don’t like reading”. Also, the content is interesting for a tween girl while not being inappropriate makes this book perfect for that second grader with the parent who insists that their child is actually reading on a fifth grade level. However, there is something more than this series’ innate ability to be recommended that makes it special. So, what is it about the “From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess” that I find so enjoyable when my final reaction to the Princess Diaries was “meh”? I think it all boils down to what a wonderful character Olivia has grown into. She is smart, she is kind, and she is not weighed down in teenage (or pre-teenage) drama. She is not sitting around wishing and hoping for a boy to like her. I know many people who have read this book will say “What about her kiss drama with Prince Kahill?” To which I answer that is so not the point of this book. This book is about Olivia growing into her own and learning more about herself. Plus, as a person who used to work in an inner city library I love the fact that Meg Cabot has given us an African American main character who is not starring in an “issue” driven book. Instead, we are given a book about growing up that is fun to read. Olivia is dealing with so many things that a tween reader is dealing with and she does it with humor and adorable illustrations. Plus, there is a wonderful cast of supporting characters that actually support and love Olivia making the oddly cobbled together family of long-lost sisters, long-lost parents, stepparents, step siblings, and, of course, Grand-mere possibly one of the most well functioning families in YA lit. Royal Crown is the perfect book for tween readers looking for a fun story with a touch of drama.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5