Don't expect this to be like the movie, Princess Diaries 2, in this book it's just a few months after Mia finds out she's the princess. She's still in New York, her mom is pregnant with her Algebra teachers baby, she has her first date, and some one is sending her love letters.
Fifteen-year-old Mia Thermopolis, the witty, lovable star of Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries, has had it with princess lessons, also known as torture sessions: "Do they really think anyone in Genovia cares whether I know how to use a fish fork? Or if I can sit down without getting wrinkles in the back of my skirt? Or if I know how to say 'thank you' in Swahili? Shouldn't my future countrymen be more concerned with my views on the environment? And gun control? And overpopulation?" To make matters worse, she's getting these lessons from GrandmÃ¨re, a rather judgmental woman who dresses her pet in chinchilla bolero jackets and has eyeliner permanently tattooed on her eyelids. Princess in the Spotlight further records Mia's path to princessdom: her artist mother's relationship with her algebra teacher (how awkward), her forced television interview, broadcast to all of America (how humiliating), and her crush on her best friend Lilly's brother Michael (how excruciating). The result is another thoroughly entertaining diary of a very human, very self-deprecating, very unprincesslike princess.
Since Mia's the brand-new crown princess of Genovia, indomitable dowager princess Grandmere arranges a national primetime interveiw for her. With just a few innocent remarks, Mia manages to enrage her best friend Lilly, practically get one of her teachers fired, and alienate the entire country of Genovia.
Theres the havoc of the interveiws aftermath and her dreaded princess lessons at the Plaza. Plus an unexpected announcment from her mother, and intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer. Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue.
This book is the first I've ever seen with a suggested rating of "12 and over"--and rightly so. I bought the entire series after watching the Disney movie and reading the first book, which was WHOLESOME in comparison to the following books in this series. I'm happy I took the time to read them myself before passing them on to children. Personally, I would like to warn those who would be offended to learn that through this series your child will be influenced by;
1.) A feminist and promiscuous mother that sleeps with her daughter's Algebra teacher.
2.) Mother that also has unprotected sex with said teacher and concieves his baby out of wedlock.
3.) Mother that encourages her daughter to make an appointment with her gyno and have "safe sex".
4.) Mother that relates her own first sexual encounter to her daughter at 15!
5.) A college boyfriend that tells the main character that he will not wait forever for her to "Do It".
6.) Next door neighbor named Ronnie who just underwent a sex change from a man to a woman.
7.) Grandmere who constantly drinks and smokes and implies that her grandaughter should put out.
8.) A passel of teenage freinds with hormones raging amuck and ample details and scenerios of "frenching", groping, "making out" etc...
9.) Main character later finds out that her boyfriend has already had sex with another schoolmate and then feels pressured to do so as well.
I didn't read the last two books in this series because I was completely disgusted by how Meg Cabot hit the vein of what sells to teens; S-E-X. She's making a mint off of those parents who don't really care what kind of trash molds their children.
And, yes. I am aware that this is the reality of the world we live in. I, as a parent, chose to make sure that it is NOT THE REALITY OF MY CHILDREN, however.
Just when Mia thought she had the whole Princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmere arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess if Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive. Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from. Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasnt been seen since volume I of the Princess Diaries.
NO ONE EVER SAID BEING A PRINCESS WAS EASY
Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, thing get out of hand fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmere arranges a national primetime interview for the brand new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.
Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume 1 of the princess diaries.